By Lew Patton
How exciting was that?
Probably one of the most exciting events in sports, the walk-off homer…and the Rangers just did it.
Robinson Chirinos hit a game-ending home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers beat the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Chirinos hit a 1-1 pitch from Josh Ravin (2-1) over the left-center field wall, his sixth homer of the season.
The Dodgers had evened the score 2-2 in the top of the ninth when Justin Turner hit a two-run homer off rookie starter Chi Chi Gonzalez, who was so close to his second complete game and first shutout in only his fourth career start.
Shawn Tolleson (2-1), who had been proclaimed the Texas closer earlier in the day by manager Jeff Banister, gave up a pair of two-out singles after taking over before Jimmy Rollins’ inning-ending flyout.
Texas won both home games against the Dodgers, though the teams play again Wednesday and Thursday in Los Angeles.
6/17 @Dodgers 9:10 pm
6/18 @Dodgers 9:10 pm
6/19 @White Sox 7:10 pm
6/20 @White Sox 1:10 pm
6/21 @White Sox 1:10 pm