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Rangers take early lead and secure 2-1 lead in World Series.


The Texas Rangers secured a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 3 of the World Series on Monday night, with Corey Seager’s two-run homer sealing the deal in a three-run third inning.

Although Max Scherzer left the game early, the Rangers managed to secure a 2-1 lead in the series, which is best out of seven games. The fourth game will take place on Tuesday evening in Phoenix.

After Marcus Semien’s two-out, run-scoring single put Texas ahead 1-0, Mr. Seager hit his fifth home run of the postseason and second of the World Series. The homer came off Diamondbacks starter Brandon Pfaadt.

The Diamondbacks gathered on the mound to discuss their next move as Mr. Pfaadt, a new player, had been performing exceptionally well in his last three playoff starts. He had only given up two runs in 14 innings, with an impressive 18 strikeouts. However, Mr. Seager swung on a first-pitch changeup that was high in the strike zone and sent the ball soaring into the right field seats.

Mr. Scherzer pitched three scoreless innings before exiting with what was announced as back tightness. Mr. Scherzer, facing his former team, had been struck by a ball hit up the middle by the Diamondbacks’ Alek Thomas in the second inning.

Scherzer allowed two hits, two walks, and struck out one batter.

Jon Gray, who had been considered by Rangers manager Bruce Bochy to start Game 4, entered Game 3 in relief and earned the win. Mr. Gray (1-0) tossed three shutout innings and allowed only one hit. He fanned three without issuing a walk.

Pfaadt (0-1) pitched for 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits. He recorded four strikeouts and two walks.

In the second inning, the Diamondbacks had a chance to score when Christian Walker hit a double. However, when Tommy Pham hit a single to right field, Walker ignored the third base coach’s stop sign and was thrown out at home by Rangers’ right fielder Adolis Garcia.

Garcia exited the game due to tightness on his left side after flying out to end the top of the eighth inning.

The packed stadium of 48,517 had little to celebrate for the first seven innings as the Rangers kept the Diamondbacks’ strong offense in check after scoring 14 runs in the previous two games of the series.

The Diamondbacks broke through in the eighth against the Rangers’ Aroldis Chapman. Pinch hitter Emmanuel Rivera hit an opposite-field double to lead off the inning, and Geraldo Perdomo singled in Rivera.

Mr. Chapman limited the damage to that single run. He struck out Corbin Carroll, then got Ketel Marte to hit into an inning-ending double play that started with a sliding stop from Mr. Seager at shortstop.

Mr. Marte continued his streak of hitting in the postseason for 19 consecutive games, making it the longest streak in postseason history. He contributed one out of the six hits made by Arizona.

Jose Leclerc threw a perfect ninth inning and earned his fourth save of the playoffs for the Rangers, who recorded five hits in total. – Reuters