This is a Rangers team that refuses to go quietly. Which means this is a Rangers team that is fun to watch.
In the past, Rangers teams would score a run or two early, then head for the exits. The game was determined early. You knew the outcome by the fourth inning.
But this team is relentless. It keeps coming at you. Last night was the seventh time this season in which the Rangers scored in the ninth inning to either win or tie a game.
Twice in the Oakland series they tried to come back from huge deficits and fell just short. Once a week before that against Baltimore with a six-run ninth.
But it’s easier when you don’t have to dig out of a Drew Smyly hole. Yesterday, it was just one run they had to overcome in the ninth.
They got two to take the lead. Of course, they gave it right back. But then they won it in extras.
This team is like a cockroach. It won’t die. You can step on it, you can hit it with your shoe, you can strap a Rougned Odor and Jeff Mathis to it, but it keeps finding ways to win.
This series against Boston in Boston is a four-game test of whether this team is for real. They passed the first round.
Three more to go.
Ariel Jurado (3-2, 2.78) vs. Darwinzon Hernandez (0-0, 0.00)
Game time: 6:10