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Holding a 5-3 lead over the Texas Rangers heading into the bottom ninth, Game 1 of the 2023 World Series was Arizona’s for the taking.
Instead, the National League champion-Diamondbacks suffered one of the most dramatic late-game collapses in Fall Classic history as Texas’ Corey Seager hit a two-run homer off Arizona closer Paul Sewald to tie it at 5 and force extra innings. Adolis Garcia then hit a walk-off home run in the 11th to call game, while Miguel Castro was on the mound.
Red-hot rookie Evan Carter got the home team on the board in the first inning with a RBI double that scored Seager before Garcia doubled the lead with a single of his own that scored Carter.
But Diamondbacks starter Zac Gallen would settle down to close out the inning, giving Arizona’s hot bats a chance to take the lead in the third.
After Alek Thomas and Evan Longoria both reached in the top half of the frame, NL Rookie of the Year favorite Corbin Carroll tripled to center scoring both.
Adolis Garcia hits a game-winning HR in the 11th to complete Texas’ comeback from 5-3 down
Garcia, 30 celebrates with teammates after his walk-off home run in the 11th on Friday night
Corey Seager reacts after hitting a two-run home run to push Game 1 into extra innings
Ketel Marte would hit into a fielder’s choice to score Carroll, putting Arizona up 3-2.
Texas wasn’t done though.
After Gallen struck out the first two Rangers in the bottom half of the third, Texas managed to load the bases for Mitch Garver, who drew a walk that tied the game at 3.
But the Diamondbacks bats were not done either.
Tommy Pham homered deep to left in the fourth for the 4-3 lead, before Marte’s fifth-inning double scored Geraldo Perdomo to push the advantage to 5-3.
The two-bagger extended Marte’s postseason hitting streak to 17 games, tying the major league record shared by Derek Jeter and two others.
Hank Bauer had hits in 17 straight games for the New York Yankees during the World Series from 1956-58. His mark was tied by Jeter from 1998-99 and Manny Ramirez of the Boston Red Sox from 2003-04.