The Texas Rangers and Frisco RoughRiders headlined the pro sports scene across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex this weekend.
Here is what happened on the field and behind the scenes.
Texas Rangers (25-15, first in American League West)
Last Games: Oakland Athletics 9, Rangers 7 (10 innings); Rangers 5, Athletics 0; Rangers 11, Athletics 3
The Rangers took three of four in their series with Oakland. The Athletics stole Friday’s game with a three-run blast from Brent Rooker in the bottom of the 10th, Jon Gray threw eight shutout innings and did not allow a hit through seven on Saturday, and Adolis Garcia helped lead an 11-run outburst in Sunday’s series finale.
Noteworthy: The Rangers went 7-3 on their 10-game road trip, all against teams in the AL West. The club has yet to lose a series against an AL West opponent this season.
— Texas has a four-game lead in the AL West. The team is also a season-best 10 games over .500 and is off to its best start since 2012.
— Jonah Heim’s eighth-inning single extended his hitting streak to 12 games, while Nathaniel Lowe has extended his streak to 13 after reaching on an infield single that same inning.
Next Up: Atlanta Braves (25-15) at Rangers, 7:05 p.m. CT Monday
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Frisco RoughRiders (13-19, fourth in Texas League South Division, ninth in AA Texas League)
Last Games: Wichita Wind Surge 13, RoughRiders 5; Wind Surge 12, RoughRiders 3, Sunday – canceled
Frisco was swept in five games against Wichita last week, running its losing streak to seven. Thomas Saggese hit a grand slam to get the RoughRiders back into Friday’s game, but Wichita still pulled out a 13-5 win. The Wind Surge jumped all over Frisco pitching again on Saturday, while Sunday’s game was rained out.
Noteworthy: Rangers’ shortstop Corey Seager went 2-8 with two RBIs in three games over the weekend as part of his rehab assignment.
— Frisco is experiencing its longest losing streak since June 2019, when it also lost seven consecutive games. The team has not lost eight in a row since August 2018.
Next Up: Amarillo Sod Poodles (15-18) at RoughRiders, 11:05 a.m. CT Tuesday
FC Dallas (5-3-3, fourth in Western Conference)
Last Game: FC Dallas 1, Austin FC 0
Austin had to play with just 10 players after midfielder Rodney Redes picked up his second yellow card with about 36 minutes left. Both teams struggled to find the goal, but Dallas’ Jesus Ferreira broke the scoreless tie in the final minute of regular time.
Noteworthy: FC Dallas has won four of its last six regular season games against Austin FC.
— Ferreira has five goals in seven career games against Austin. He has six goals this season and has scored in all five FC Dallas wins.
— FC Dallas has not lost a home match in which Ferreira has scored since August 2019.
Next Up: FC Dallas at Vancouver Whitecaps (3-5-3), 7:30 p.m. CT Wednesday