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Adolis García's Grand Slam Powers Texas Rangers to Game 7 Victory, Forces ALCS Decider against Houston Astros

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The Texas Rangers clinched a spot in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series with a commanding 9-2 victory over the Houston Astros. Stellar performances, including home runs by Adolis García, Mitch Garver, and Jonah Heim, propelled the Rangers to fend off elimination and keep their dream of securing their inaugural World Series title alive.

With the game finely poised at 4-2, the defining moment unfolded in the ninth inning. After the Rangers walked in a run, García delivered a game-changing grand slam, boosting the lead to 9-2. Reflecting on the pivotal win, Heim acknowledged the team's resilience, saying, "We know the other night we got punched in the stomach, and it hurt. We had a day off to, I guess you can say, sit in our beds and cry. But as long as we came back today and got back to work and focused and played as a team, we were going to be just fine."

The eagerly awaited Game 7 is set to unfold at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Monday night. Intriguingly, home field advantage hasn't played out in this series, marking only the second occurrence in MLB history where the away team won the first six games of a best-of-seven series. The Rangers, boasting a 7-0 record this postseason, accomplished a feat seen only once before in MLB history in 1996, matching the New York Yankees' seven consecutive road game wins.

Mitch Garver expressed his thoughts on this peculiar trend, stating, "Never seen it, I don’t know if it’s ever happened before. Seems a little odd that nobody is winning at home. I would like for it to stay that way. It is interesting with two very passionate fan bases." Despite the challenges of playing away, the Rangers embrace the opportunity, with Garver adding, "Maybe it brings out the best in us. Maybe we rise to the occasion, but it’s been tough. We’re up for the challenge."

The victory marked only the second time in franchise history that the Rangers have won a potential elimination game, with their record now standing at 2-8. Second baseman Marcus Semien highlighted the team's determination, stating, "We didn’t have a choice tonight. We had our backs against the wall." As the Rangers gear up for the decisive Game 7, the stage is set for a thrilling conclusion to a series filled with unexpected twists and turns.

"We managed to maintain our lead, navigating through some challenging situations, and then Adolis delivered a game-changing swing. We've earned the right to continue the battle, and the outcome of tomorrow's game remains uncertain. Each day brings new challenges, and we're ready to face whatever tomorrow has in store."

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