The Texas Rangers escaped Toronto with a win in Game 2 and are now one win away from advancing to the ALCS. This win wasn’t easy, though. It took 14 innings to get the job done. The Rangers now have a 2-0 game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays in the best of five series. They’ve got a lot of momentum going into Game 3, which will be in Arlington.
Come Hamels took the mound for the Rangers. In seven innings, Hamels allowed six hits, surrendered four runs, and struck out six batters. However only two of those runs were earned. The Rangers bullpen allowed just two hits while striking out nine batters. The Rangers offense finished with eleven hits, but were struck out a combined eleven times. After taking an early 3-1 lead, the Rangers began to struggle, and they allowed the Blue Jays to score three unanswered runs and take a 3-4 lead. However, thanks to a Mike Napoli pinch hit single to right center, the Rangers tied the game at four runs each in the top of th eighth inning. The game remained tied until the 14th inning when Hanser Alberto singled to center to allow the Rangers to take a 5-4 lead. Right after that the Rangers added one more run thanks to Delino DeShields. Then, thanks to Ross Ohlendorf, the Rangers retired the Blue Jays side and claimed the victory.
Now the Rangers are headed back to Arlington. They will be off today, and Game 3 is Sunday. Martin Perez will take the mound for the Rangers and his mission will be to win Game 3 to help the Rangers sweep the Blue Jays. So far the Rangers pitching has done a tremendous job in stopping the powerful Blue Jay offense. With a two-game lead, the Rangers need to do it one more time.
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