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Rising Seager, smart Dunning! Texas Rangers win for third time in a row, defeating Arizona Diamondbacks

ARLINGTON — The Texas Rangers are back on track.

Corey Seager hit his eighth home run in eight games and Dane Dunning, in his second start since returning from the injured list, threw five scoreless innings as the Rangers won the two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-1 on Wednesday afternoon at Globe Life Field.

Seager has hit a home run in seven of the last eight games and has 13 this season. He is the fifth player in Rangers history to hit eight or more home runs in an eight-game series and the fifth MLB shortstop to do so. The other Rangers to have a similar power surge are Joey Gallo in 2021, Josh Hamilton (five times) in 2012, Rafael Palmeiro in 1999 and Jose Canseco in 1994.

The Rangers have won three straight games after losing the previous six, including a 5-1 road loss. They have Thursday off before starting a weekend series at Miami on Friday.

April 30, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder Wyatt Langford (36) runs to third base in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

April 30, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder Wyatt Langford (36) runs to third base in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Wyatt Langford got his first hit since May 1 with a leadoff single in the third inning. Two pitches later, he scored on Jonah Heim's double into the left field corner to give Texas a 1-0 lead. Langford played left field on Wednesday. In his first game back from the injured list on Tuesday, he was the designated hitter and was 0 for 3 with a strikeout. It should be noted, however, that he was under pressure on the strikeout, with strike 3 clearly several inches from the plate, according to the pitch tracker. He was eliminated by a groundout in the sixth inning with an exit velocity of 106.8. Langford added a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning and went 2 for 4.

June 15, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jesus Tinoco (63) in action during the game between the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Photo Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

June 15, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jesus Tinoco (63) in action during the game between the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Photo Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers' bullpen was great once again. Jose Leclerc, Jesus Tinoco and David Robertson combined to throw three scoreless innings as relief pitchers off Jacob Latz. With a six-run lead, the Rangers didn't need to use closer Kirby Yates, or so they hoped. Latz allowed three singles to start the ninth inning. A double play helped him prevent a big rally by the D-backs, but after Latz walked the next batter, Bochy called Yates for the final out.

April 23, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jose Urena (54) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the game at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Photo Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

April 23, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jose Urena (54) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the game at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Photo Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers have Thursday off before beginning a weekend series against the Marlins in Miami on Friday at 6:10 p.m. Jose Urena (1-4, 3.53) will start the opener against right-hander Sixto Sanchez (0-3, 6.25).
The Rangers have not yet announced their starters for Saturday and Sunday, but Bochy indicated that Andrew Heaney and Nathan Eovaldi are the likely options. The Marlins field two left-handers, Ryan Weathers (3-4, 3.16) and Trevor Rogers (1-6, 5.65).

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