Rangers escape with win after Dodgers rookie makes ridiculous baserunning mistake

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Jun 12, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim (28) reacts after tagging out Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Andy Pages (44) for the last out of the game and victory at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim (28) reacts after tagging out Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Andy Pages (44) for the last out of the game and victory at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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All things considered, luck has not been on the Texas Rangers' side in 2024. Sure, some of the team's issues have been their own fault with the lack of roster additions last offseason, young players failing to take the next step, and some vets underperforming. However, it sure hasn't helped whatsoever that it seems like yet another player gets added to their expansive injured list every few days.

Luck was finally on their side on Wednesday, though, when the Rangers took on the always tough Dodgers. Texas found themselves clinging to a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, but with the inning starting to spiral out of control. LA had runners at first and second with Jason Heyward at the plate who promptly lined a pitch into the right-center field gap, where it wasn't fielded cleanly.

One run scored on the play, but Dodgers rookie Andy Pages ran through a stop sign at third and got nailed at the plate to end the game, which gave the Rangers a much-needed win.

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A rookie making a baserunning mistake normally wouldn't warrant that much attention, but one that ends the game on the spot in a game Texas absolutely needed to win was huge. The Rangers got Corey Seager back from his hamstring injury, and his three-run homer was the difference in the game until it was nearly wasted.

Moreover, Texas desperately needs a good series against LA. They lost their last two series against the Tigers and Giants, and after dropping the first game in this one, the odds of the Rangers turning their season around were looking grim. Instead, Texas now has a chance to win a series against one of the best teams in the league.

It is too soon to say if the Rangers will actually make a run to get back to contender relevancy. However, they may look back at this moment as a turning point if they manage to pull it off.

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