Rangers Lose In The Series Finale To The Athletics

Sears did that three times Thursday. Sears gave Jonah Heim a free pass to start the second. The Rangers first stranded him. 

That started nine straight. Ranger retired before Ezequiel Duran walked to start the sixth. He never reached second base.

The Rangers were in danger of being shut out until Adolis García's seventh-inning single. It drove Sears away for Austin Adams. 

Adams' fastball hit Heim, putting two runners on. Jared Walsh pinch-hit for Duran and grounded into a double play to finish the inning.

It's not a good look considering last year's ALCS featured the Rangers and Astros. Texas leads the division at 7-6, but the Angels are 6-6 and off Thursday. 

Following that, the Athletics are tied for third with the Seattle Mariners, while the Astros, who defeated the Rangers at Globe Life Field last weekend.

The Rangers can put the Astros in a huge hole at Minute Maid Park on Friday, where they won all four ALCS games last year.