Jays go home happy

3 homers in 5th seal 2-0 edge with next 2 in Toronto

Baltimore Sun - - MLB PLAYOFFS - By Stephen Hawkins

AR­LING­TON, Texas — Ed­win En­car­na­cion capped a three-homer burst in the fifth in­ning off Yu Darvish and the Blue Jays beat the Rangers 5-3 on Fri­day to take a 2-0 lead in the AL Di­vi­sion Se­ries.

Roberto Osuna got a five-out save that sent the wild-card Jays back to Toronto look­ing to clinch the best-of-five matchup. A re­minder, though: Last year the Jays lost the first two games of the ALDS at home against the Rangers, then ral­lied to win the se­ries.

“I learned some­thing last year: You’ve got to win three games,” Jays man­ager John Gib­bons said. “They’ve got a great team over there. You don’t lead the Amer­i­can League, pow­er­house league, you don’t luck into that.”

Osuna en­tered af­ter re­liever Fran­cisco Liri­ano was hit in the neck by Car­los Gomez’s line drive. Osuna had left the mound in the AL wild-card vic­tory Tues­day night with a shoul­der in­jury, putting his sta­tus in doubt.

Kevin Pil­lar, Eze­quiel Car­rera and En­car­na­cion hit solo homers in a five­bat­ter span in the fifth. Troy Tu­low­itzki’s two-run homer in the sec­ond put 20-game win­ner J.A. Happ and the Jays ahead to stay.

“Get­ting be­hind in the count, and they were look­ing for fast­balls,” Darvish said through his in­ter­preter. “When I left it on the plate, they got it.”

The Rangers scored twice in the eighth, in­clud­ing Gomez’s sin­gle that struck Liri­ano. The pitcher walked off the mound, and an am­bu­lance took him to the hos­pi­tal. Ed­win En­car­na­cion points in cel­e­bra­tion af­ter hit­ting the Blue Jays’ third home run of the fifth in­ning off Yu Darvish. BLUE JAYS VS. RANGERS Blue Jays lead 2-0 Game 1: Blue Jays 10-1 Game 2: Blue Jays 5-3 Game 3: 7:30 p.m. Sun­day Rangers (Lewis 6-5) at Blue Jays (Sanchez 15-2) Game 4: 1 p.m. Monday* Rangers (Perez 10-11) at Blue Jays (Stro­man 9-10) Game 5: 9:30 p.m. Wed.* Blue Jays at Rangers x-if nec­es­sary; TV: TBS

The home runs boosted the Jays in a game in which they got out­hit 13-6.

Happ al­lowed nine hits but only one run while pitch­ing into the sixth. The left-han­der struck out five and walked one.

“You go into a game know­ing that at some point they’re go­ing to get their hits,” Happ said. “But, yeah, it was a bat­tle. It seemed like a long five in­nings.”

Darvish had as many strike­outs (four) in his five in­nings as homers al­lowed, be­com­ing the first pitcher in the post­sea­son to al­low four homers in a game since the Twins’ Rick Reed against the A’s in Game 3 of the 2002 ALDS.

“We’ve come back from a lot this year,” Rangers out­fielder Ian Des­mond said. “We all be­lieve in each other.”


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