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World Series Game 4 review: Dominant win puts Texas Rangers on the brink of glory

The Texas Rangers are one win away from capturing their first ever World Series with a dominant 11-7 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 4.

The Rangers made World Series history by becoming the first team ever to have back-to-back five-run innings as their bats dominated the Diamondbacks bullpen.

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Bats make explosive start for Texas

Despite the injury issues that the Texas Rangers picked up in Game 3 of the World Series, they made a dominant start to Game 4 and never looked back.

The Arizona Diamondbacks needed four pitchers to get their first eight outs as Corey Seager and Marcus Semien continued their hot streak.

A three-run triple from Semien broke the deadlock before Seager smashed his sixth postseason home run to further the damage.

Seager could become just the fourth player ever to win a World Series MVP more than once, joining an exclusive club of stars containing Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson.

After a World Series first - the first three games passed without an error - Arizona's Christian Walker made a crucial one in the third inning, setting up a Travis Jankowski double before Marcus Semien smashed another home run en route to a 5-RBI game.

The damage was done by this point, with a Jonah Heim home run tagged on in the eighth inning simply the cherry on top.

Rangers overcome injuries to shine

The Rangers had suffered plenty of injuries throughout the season and lost key men Adolis Garcia and Max Scherzer in Game 3 before bouncing back in impressive fashion in this clash.

Garcia was the AL Championship Series MVP but strained his oblique in Game 3 and will miss the rest of the series.

His replacement Travis Jankowski filled in perfectly, contributing a single in the second and a two-run double in the third in his first Series at-bats.

Andrew Heaney pitched five innings of one-run ball to keep his team in the driving seat as they did damage with the bats.

In the process, Texas became the first team ever to go 10-0 on the road in the postseason and now need just one more win from the three remaining games to secure a first World Series win in franchise history.

D-Backs late rally fails to bail out pen

The Diamondbacks went down to a narrow 6-5 defeat in Game 1 as their bullpen blew a ninth-inning lead and once again they struggled against a strong Texas lineup.

Arizona's relievers were barely called upon in Game 2 as Merrill Kelly pitched seven innings of one-run ball in the Diamondbacks 9-1 win and they kept things tight in Game 3 despite their 3-1 loss.

But with the pressure on them in Game 4, as they had to shoulder the responsibility of containing Texas, they came up short.

Miguel Castro gave up three earned runs, picking up just one out and was booed from the field before Kyle Nelson and Luis Frias gave up five hits, recording four outs between them.

Ryne Nelson pitched five innings, giving up just one earned run but by then the damage was done.

The Diamondbacks lineup rallied late with a four-run eighth and a two-run ninth, but despite the efforts of Lourdes Gurriel Jr, who hit a sacrifice fly and a three-run homer for four RBI's, Arizona could not overturn the deficit.

The Arizona relief core will have to regroup before Game 5 with the pressure on in what is now an elimination game.

Zac Gallen is pencilled in to start for the Diamondbacks but will want to improve on his postseason ERA of 5.27. He'll pitch against Nathan Eovaldi, who has been impressive in the playoffs.

Of the 49 teams to take 3-1 World Series leads, 42 have won. The Diamondbacks will hope to be the eighth team to buck that trend.

Current World Series: Texas Rangers Lead 3-1

Game 5 Date: Wednesday, November 1st
Game 5 Time: 8:03 PM ET
Game 5 Location: Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ

Projected Game 5 Starters:

Texas Rangers: Nathan Eovaldi (4-0, 3.52 ERA) 
Arizona Diamondbacks: Zac Gallen (2-2, 5.27 ERA)

Game 5 Odds

Money Line:

  • Texas Rangers: (-110)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: (-110)

Run Line:

  • Texas Rangers: -1.5 (+150)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: +1.5 (-170)

Game Totals:

  • Over: 8.5 (-115)
  • Under: 8.5 (-105)

Click here for the odds to win the 2023 World Series.

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