Jays re­turn to ALCS on Rangers sweep

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

JOSH Don­ald­son made a mad dash from sec­ond base to score the win­ning run in ex­tra in­nings as the Toronto Blue Jays ad­vanced to their sec­ond straight Amer­i­can League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries on Oc­to­ber 9.

The Blue Jays com­pleted their first se­ries sweep in fran­chise his­tory with a 7-6 vic­tory over Texas on a win­ning run that was set up by an er­ror from Rangers sec­ond base­man Rougned Odor in the bot­tom of the 10th in­ning.

“We came out and ex­e­cuted well. They took ad­van­tage of some of our mis­takes and we took ad­van­tage of some of their mis­takes,” Don­ald­son said of the win in front of a crowd of 49,500 at Toronto’s Rogers Cen­tre.

“It was a back-and-forth bat­tle. We were able to get the last one.”

With the score tied 6-6 with one out and run­ners on first and sec­ond, Cana­dian Rus­sell Martin started the play with a ground ball to short­stop Elvis An­drus. The ball was flipped to Odor and the Rangers ap­peared to have a rou­tine dou­ble play in the mak­ing but Odor bun­gled the throw to first base.

That al­lowed Don­ald­son to charge home from sec­ond. His head-first slide beat the throw from Rangers Mitch More­land.

Don­ald­son reached sec­ond ear­lier in the in­ning with a line drive to cen­tre field.

Ed­win En­car­na­cion and Martin home­red for the Blue Jays, who took the best-of-five Ma­jor League Base­ball se­ries with three straight wins.

“That is the best ground ball to short I have ever hit,” Martin joked after the game.

“We are built to be re­silient. We’ve been through a lot this year. We didn’t let them get to us. It wasn’t pretty, but we got it done.”

Odor and An­drus, mean­while, home­red for the Rangers.

In the other play­off game on Oc­to­ber 9, Jose Lo­ba­ton belted a three-run homer and Daniel Murphy drove in two runs as the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als beat the Los An­ge­les Dodgers 5-2 to tie their se­ries at one game apiece.

Lo­ba­ton went deep on a curve­ball from Dodgers start­ing pitcher Rich Hill in the fourth in­ning to give the Na­tion­als a 3-2 lead.

He smacked the two-out shot into the Dodgers’s bullpen in left field after Murphy drew a lead-off walk and Danny Espinosa was hit by a pitch with two outs.

Lo­ba­ton, start­ing be­cause reg­u­lar catcher Wil­son Ramos is out for the rest of the sea­son with a torn knee lig­a­ment, last hit a post-sea­son home run in 2013, when he was play­ing for Tampa Bay.

Win­ning pitcher Blake Treinen re­tired all four bat­ters he faced, lefty Oliver Perez re­tired both bat­ters he saw in the eighth and closer Mark Me­lan­con pitched the ninth for the save.

The win­ners of the se­ries will face ei­ther the Chicago Cubs or San Fran­cisco Giants for a World Se­ries berth. The Cubs take a 2-0 se­ries lead into game three in San Fran­cisco yes­ter­day.

There was an­other rain de­lay on Oc­toober 9, as the Amer­i­can League game be­tween the Cleve­land In­di­ans and Red Sox in Bos­ton was washed out.

That means the In­di­ans, up 2-0, had to wait un­til yes­ter­day to close out that se­ries. The re­sult was not avail­able at press time. –

Photo: AFP

Josh Don­ald­son of the Toronto Blue Jays hits an RBI dou­ble against the Texas Rangers in the third in­ning of game three of the Amer­i­can League Divi­sion Se­ries on Oc­to­ber 9. Don­ald­son later scored the go-ahead run in the 10th in­ning to se­cure the Blue Jays’ sweep.

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