DENVER — The corner of Blake and 20th St. was twenties-abundant Tuesday night, losing 7-6 after the Rangers jumped out to an early lead in the opener of a hard-fought two-game set at Colorado. This, reclaiming it, then looking to go on a combined 21-hit slugfest for good.
“It’s disappointing,” interim manager Tony Beasley said of the one-run loss. “We went into the seventh with a two-run lead, and I felt like we were in a good position with guys who had to come out of the pen and hopefully finish the game. We didn’t watch the baseball defensively. That hurt us more than anything else tonight.”
Among the consistent features of Texas games as of late has been Adolis Garcia, who stepped into rarefied air Tuesday night and moved into the Rangers’ record books next to Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez.
After hitting a 453-foot home run — his 20th of the season — in Monday’s win at Minnesota, Garcia spotlighted the rest of his offensive prowess on Tuesday. He followed with a leadoff single down the left-field line in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to a Major League-best 20 games, adding an RBI-single in the fifth for a 2-for-4 night.
Later in the fourth frame, with one out and the game tied 3-3, Garcia jumped Leody Taveras on a strike three and successfully swiped third base, his 20th steal of the season. He joined Pudge, becoming only the second player in Rangers history to log a 20-20-20 campaign, 20 homers, 20 steals and a 20-game hit streak all in one season.
“If Adolis plays everyday and stays healthy, he could probably be in the company of somebody,” Beasley said of Garcia’s rare triple-20. “There’s no telling what he’s going to do. He’s very dynamic on the baseball field.”
Garcia showed why he has earned respect in the majors for his multi-tool prowess. He was in the DH slot for the ninth time this season Tuesday night, so he wasn’t able to flash the leather or showcase his arm in the outfield, where he leads all Rangers with 109 starts — 45 in center and 64 in right. –but his defense is as prominent on his resume as his batsmanship and baserunning.
“He can do a lot of different things,” Beasley said. “He’s super talented, and his skill set — there’s no limit. He can steal bases, he’s got a big arm, he can help you out. He can hit the ball for average, he can hit for power. He’s just to watch. He’s a special player, and he’s fun to watch day in and day out. He’s fun. He attacks the game, and he relishes the opportunity to do something great. That’s what I love about him.”
Garcia wasn’t the only one with 20 points on his mind. When Marcus Semin hit his 20th homer 375 feet into the left-field bleachers to open the first frame, he and Corey Seager (26 home runs) became the third Texas double-play tandem to each hit 20 homers in a year. Elvis Andrus and Ragnad Oder in 2017 and Michael Young and Alfonso Soriano both in 2004 and 2005.
Seger was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, while Semin tripled in the fifth, knocked in a run and later scored as part of a three-run rally to regain the lead. His six August homers are tied for the most in the American League.
A pair of three-run homers did the damage for the Rockies, starter Dan Dunning hit a game-tying three-run homer off Elias Diaz in the second inning and Brock Burke had the game-winning three-run homer. CJ Crone in the seventh.
“I tried my best to put the ball on the ground, and for the most part I did,” Dunning said. “Just a couple mistakes. Díaz did a really good job on the slider at the bottom of the field. I mean, it should have been 0-2 down in the dirt, but I backed it up and he put a good swing on it.
Burke took the loss despite allowing no earned runs for his fourth consecutive outing, and saw the Rangers snap their three-game winning streak. They look to salvage a split with the Rockies in Wednesday’s finale by winning a six-game road trip through Minnesota and Colorado to head home.