Jays hit 4 home runs, beat Texas for 2-0 lead

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Stephen Hawkins

AR­LING­TON, TEXAS >> Talk about a 1-2-3 punch for the Toronto Blue Jays in these play­offs.

The wild-card Blue Jays have re­dis­cov­ered their power stroke in Oc­to­ber, and are go­ing home with a chance to sweep the Texas Rangers in the AL Di­vi­sion Se­ries af­ter a 5-3 win Fri­day.

Ed­win En­car­na­cion capped a three-homer burst in the fifth in­ning off Yu Darvish, and Toronto won on a dreary, misty af­ter­noon for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five matchup.

One im­por­tant re­minder, though: Last fall, Toronto lost the first two games of the ALDS at home against Texas, then ral­lied to win the se­ries.

“I learned some­thing last year ... you got to win three games,” Blue 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.”

Wear­ing spikes that had “No Panic” printed on them, closer Roberto Osuna got a five-out save that sent the Blue Jays home look­ing to clinch the se­ries in Game 3 Sun­day night.

Osuna en­tered af­ter re­liever Fran­cisco Liri­ano was hit near the back of the head by Car­los Gomez’s line drive — Liri­ano was hos­pi­tal­ized as a pre­cau­tion. It was Osuna’s first ap­pear­ance since he left the mound in the AL wild-card win Tues­day night with a shoul­der in­jury that left his sta­tus in doubt.

Kevin Pil­lar, Eze­quiel Car­rera and En­car­na­cion, who ended the wild-card game with a three-run homer in the 11th in­ning, hit solo homers in a five-bat­ter span in the fifth. Troy Tu­low­itzki’s two-run


Toronto’s Troy Tu­low­itzki (2) and Jose Bautista, right, cel­e­brate Tu­low­itzki’s two-run home run that scored Bautista in the sec­ond in­ning of Game 2 against the Rangers on Fri­day in Ar­ling­ton, Texas.

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