Game 3 of the World Series on Monday was a low-scoring affair that will likely be defined by two moments that did not involve any runs scoring. The Rangers topped the Diamondbacks 3-1 and now hold a 2-1 lead in the World Series.
The Diamondbacks had the game's first good scoring chance, with Christian Walker on second base after doubling to lead off the second inning. Then Tommy Pham singled, and Walker ran through the stop sign from third-base coach Tony Perezchica before being thrown out at home.
It was the Rangers who got on the board first, as they recorded three runs in the third via the bats of Nathaniel Lowe, Marcus Semien and Corey Seager, who hit another home run to make it 3-0.
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Then, it what might've been the most pivotal moment of the game for the Rangers, Max Scherzer, who started on the mound, exited due to "back tightness" before he was due to go back out for the bottom of the fourth.
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See below for more news, updates and highlights from Game 3 of the World Series.
Leclerc gets three quick out, and it's over. Rangers win 3-1 and take a 2-1 lead in the World Series.
Evan Carter walks to lead off the ninth, but the next three Rangers go down in order. The Diamondbacks are on to their last chance.
Corbin Carroll strikes out, Ketel Marte grounds into a double-play, and the Rangers are out of the inning.
Closer Jose Leclerc is warming in the Texas bullpen with no outs in the eighth.
Geraldo Perdomo follows with a single to score Arizona's first run. It's 3-1.
Pinch-hitter Emmanuel Rivera begins the bottom of the eighth with a double off Aroldis Chapman.
Rangers go down 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth
Kyle Nelson pitches a 1-2-3 inning for the Diamondbacks to get out of the seventh. Still 3-0 Rangers at the seventh-inning stretch.