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MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks tie the World Series with convincing win against Texas Rangers – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Arizona pitcher Merrill Kelly delivered a dominant performance, striking out nine batters and allowing only three hits over seven innings, helping the Diamondbacks level the World Series at 1-1 with a 9-1 victory over Texas. Gabriel Moreno hit a solo home run, and Ketel Marte set a new MLB playoff hit streak record with a two-run single.Kelly, a 35-year-old right-hander, spent four seasons in the South Korean league before joining Arizona in 2019.He expressed his gratitude to the Arizona organization for giving him the opportunity to fulfill his dream.Mitch Garver hit a solo homer for Texas in the fifth inning, but Kelly’s strong pitching stifled the Rangers’ offense. The Diamondbacks took control of the game, with Moreno’s home run opening the scoring in the fourth inning. Alek Thomas, Evan Longoria, and Corbin Carroll contributed to Arizona’s lead. In the eighth inning, Marte set the new hit streak record, surpassing the old mark of 17 games shared by Derek Jeter, Hank Bauer, and Manny Ramirez. Rivera added a two-run single in the ninth to seal the victory.Adolis Garcia, who had been on a remarkable playoff run, went hitless in game two, ending his record-setting streak of consecutive playoff games with at least one RBI. While his incredible season continues, including setting a one-season playoff record with 22 runs and eight homers this year, his streak of homers in five consecutive playoff games also ended.(With AFP inputs)

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