Updated Nov 2, 2023 - Sports

Texas Rangers win World Series, beating Arizona Diamondbacks

The Rangers celebrate after they beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 in Game 5 to win the World Series on Wednesday. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Texas Rangers are finally world champions. They won 5-0 in Game 5 of the best-of-seven World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Driving the news: The Rangers are the first team to win a World Series game after going hitless for six innings.

  • They also stayed perfect on the road in the postseason, becoming the first team to win 11 straight away playoff games.

State of play: Both the Rangers and the Diamondbacks squeaked into the postseason and weren't expected to make it to the World Series.

  • The Rangers were abysmal in 2021 and spent $561.2 million in free agency, mostly on shortstop Corey Seager and second baseman Marcus Semien. But they still ended last season with a 68-94 record.
  • Then they lured manager Bruce Bochy from retirement in the hopes of getting a ring.

The intrigue: The Rangers won their first title on the road in Game 5 on Nov. 1 under Bochy's management.

  • On Nov. 1, 2010, the San Francisco Giants won their first World Series since moving from New York on the road in Game 5 against the Texas Rangers under Bochy's management.

What happened: The game stayed scoreless through six innings in very different ways. Only Nathaniel Lowe reached base — on a walk — for the Rangers during the first six innings.

  • The Diamondbacks had nine runners in scoring positions, but pitcher Nathan Eovaldi managed to get out of a bind every time.
  • Then: Designated hitter Mitch Garver drove in one run in the seventh. But the Rangers didn't add any runs until the ninth when they drove in four.

Of note: Seager was named the World Series MVP. It's his second such honor. His first was for the 2020 title with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The bottom line: This is a historic, beautiful moment for every Rangers fan who has waited years and decades.

Go deeper: The Texas Rangers' World Series history

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details from the game and with further context.

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