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Old 06-10-2018, 06:06 AM   #50
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April 2nd Game 7 Result

Sierra and the Rangers Overpower the Astros 6-3.

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The game was won and lost on the ability of one man's bat as Ruben Sierra opened up his account in style with 2 homers to bring home the win for the Rangers. The final score was 6-3 to the Texas Rangers and the home fans were all smiles as they headed home after the game.

The Astros got off to a fast start as they put Nolan Ryan under pressure early. A few singles in the top of the first saw the bases loaded with Lance Berkman, Cesar Cedeno and Richard Hidalgo all on base. The Astros then put pressure on the Rangers defence as Jim Wynn struck a clean single to centre field. Lance Berkman easily scored and then a throwing error by the Rangers allowed Cedeno to follow him home to give the Astros the lead 2-0.

It took until the third for the Rangers to come to the party. Julio Franco singled before scoring on a Josh Hamilton Triple. Hamilton also crossed home plate in the inning after a Mike Napoli ground out to first. This tied the game at 2-2.

The bottom of the fourth is where Ruben Sierra decided to play as he scored the first of his 2 home runs. Juan Gonzalez singled to make base before Sierra came to the plate. Sierra struck the 0-0 pitch sweetly over the right side fence 384 feet to claim a 2 run homer. The Rangers were not finished as Julio Franco made base again with a single. Adrian Beltre promoted him to second on a hit by pitch before another single by Josh Hamilton saw Franco scamper home for the Rangers 5th run of the game and 3rd of the inning. They now led 5-2.

The top of the sixth saw the Astros try to rally as Jim Wynn struck a single. He moved to second on a Morgan Ensberg ground out before making it home on a Jason Castro single that reduced the Rangers lead to 5-3.

Ruben Sierra was up first for the Rangers in the bottom of the sixth and he took Turk Farrell to a full count before he saw one he liked and struck a solid blow that sent the ball 392 feet across the same right fence as before for his second homer of the game for a solo run to give the Rangers a 6-3 lead.

The Relief pitching shut things down after that to end the game.

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Ruben Sierra's big day with the bat saw him earn the player of the game award. He went 4-4, including his 2 homers, with 2 runs scored, 3 RBI's.

After the game Sierra told the Texas Daily News 'I'm just happy to help the team win.'

The win went to Nolan Ryan on 5.2 innings of 10 hit, 3 run ball. J R Richard got the loss after a woeful 3.2 innings of 8 hit, 5 run ball. Jim Kern got the Save.

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