Blue Jays hit 4 home runs, beat Texas for 2-0 lead in ALDS
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 08, 2016 09:10 AM
Toronto Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion, left, celebrates his solo home run with Jose Bautista (19) in the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Toronto hit three home runs in the fifth inning and won 5-3 at Texas on Friday to take a 2-0 lead in their American League Division Series.
The Blue Jays can clinch the best-of-five series with a win at home on Sunday, but will be mindful of the outcome of last year's series between the same teams when it was the Rangers who started with two road wins but ended up losing.
Troy Tulowitzki's two-run drive in the second put Toronto ahead to stay, and the lead was padded with three solo homers in the space of five at-bats in the fifth, from Kevin Pillar, Ezequiel Carrera and Edwin Encarnarcion.
Toronto only had six hits for the game, against 13 by the Rangers, but made them count.
Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ gave up nine of those hits but only one run while pitching into the xith inning, striking out five and walking only one.
Texas scored twice in the eighth inning, when a line drive by Carlos Gomez hit Toronto pitcher Francisco Liriano in the neck, sending him to the hospital.
Adrian Beltre led off the ninth with a double, to threaten a Texas comeback but Toronto closer Roberto Osuna — who came in with out in the eighth after Liriano was forced out — quickly ended the inning and sealed the win.
Texas starter Yu Darvish became the first pitcher to allow four homers in a postseason game since 2002 and the Rangers' dismal home record in ALDS games continued; they have won only once in 12 attempts.