Rangers top Cubs 4-3 in 10 innings in season opener
By: Mike Stiles - Friday, March 29, 2024

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(ARLINGTON) – Jonah Heim ended the season opener for the World Series champion Texas Rangers with a 10th-inning RBI single, after not finishing a play on a disputed foul tip that had given the Chicago Cubs the lead. Heim made up for his miscue with a two-out liner that lifted Texas to a 4-3 win Thursday night after the Rangers unfurled the franchises first World Series Championship banner before the dramatic victory. Adolis Garcia and Travis Jankowski homered for the Rangers. Drew Smyly, the Cubs’ seventh pitcher, walked two to load the bases before Heim ended the game. David Robertson, the veteran reliever Texas signed in free agency, worked the 10th for the win. Cubs left-hander Justin Steele struck out six in his first career opening-day start before exiting with a left hamstring strain with two outs in the fifth inning after fielding a sacrifice bunt. Nathan Eovaldi, the winner in World Series Game 5 at Arizona last Nov. 1 that clinched Texas' first championship, allowed two runs over six innings in the opener. A month after slugger Cody Bellinger signed an $80 million, three-year contract to stay with the Cubs, the 2019 NL MVP hit an RBI double to put Chicago up 2-1 in the sixth.