The Rangers won 5-3 tonight in the first game of a huge four-game series against the first-place Astros. The game was tied 3-3 before Prince Fielder put Texas in front with a two-run homer off Will Harris in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Watch Fielder’s heroics below…
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That place got loud. Fielder had a really nice first half, but he came into tonight’s action hitting just .253 with four home runs and a .681 OPS since the All-Star break. He picked a good time to get back to mashing again.
The Rangers (76-67) are now just a half-game back of the Astros (77-67) in the American League West. The two teams are tied in the loss column.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.