The Texas Rangers are off to a good start in the 2024 Major League Baseball season after beating the Chicago Cubs on Opening Day 4-3.

Jonah Heim atoned for his earlier mistake after driving in a bases-loaded single for the walk-off run. It was his only hit in five at-bats.

In a surprising turn of events at the bottom of the ninth, Heim’s misjudgment of a ball led to a Cubs lead, a mistake he later rectified with a game-winning hit.

Despite their best efforts, the defending World Series champions never secured a lead throughout the game until Heim’s RBI.

Adolis Garcia, last year’s American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player, tied the count with a solo home run in the sixth inning. Pinch-hitting for Ezequiel Duran, Travis Jankowski sent the game into extra innings with a single in the ninth.

Dansby Swanson’s sacrifice fly in the top of the second inning opened the scoring for the Cubs. Meanwhile, Wyatt Langford registered his first career RBI in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game.

Cody Bellinger’s RBI double in the top of the sixth gave the Cubs a 2-1 advantage. After which, Garcia connected on a home run.

Garcia was the only Rangers player with two hits. Conversely, Christopher Morel is the only Cubs player with two hits.

The Rangers and the Cubs will have the second match of their three-game series on March 30 at 7:05 p.m. Eastern Time.

-Lance Fernandez