Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS ; ALDS - RANGERS 6, BLUE JAYS 4, 14 INNINGS; Underdog Rangers Push Blue Jays to Brink

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS ; ALDS - RANGERS 6, BLUE JAYS 4, 14 INNINGS; Underdog Rangers Push Blue Jays to Brink

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TORONTO - Backup infielder Hanser Alberto singled home the go- ahead run in the 14th inning and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 Friday for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five American League Division Series. The underdog Rangers will try to sweep the Blue Jays at home in Game 3 Sunday. Martin Perez will start for Texas against Marco Estrada.

Alberto, batting last and only in the lineup because star third baseman Adrian Beltre was out with a strained back, made an error that led to Toronto's first two runs. He delivered an RBI single with two outs in the 14th, and Delino DeShields followed with an infield hit for another run.

Alberto, a 22-year-old rookie who made his big league debut this season, also had a sacrifice fly.

Texas shut out the highest-scoring team in the majors after the fifth inning. The victory for first-year manager Jeff Banister's team made road clubs 5-0 in the playoffs so far - the only previous time that happened in the postseason was the 1906 all-Chicago World Series, STATS said.

Keone Kela (1-0) worked one inning for the win, staying calm after a dustup with Toronto slugger Josh Donaldson.

Ross Ohlendorf, with an old-school, double-armed windup, finished for a save. The 33-year-old journeyman picked up the first save of his major league career earlier this year.

Mike Napoli hit a tying single for Texas in the eighth.

Another packed crowd at Rogers Centre that made a lot of noise early was quiet at the very end. Toronto, back in the postseason for the first time since winning the 1993 World Series, lost for the second straight day at home.

Rougned Odor hit a two-out single off LaTroy Hawkins (0-1) in the 14th but was nearly thrown out after going too far around second base on a single by Chris Gimenez, with the call confirmed by replay review. That call proved pivotal when Alberto lined a single to center, sending Odor tumbling home.

After Liam Hendriks replaced Hawkins, DeShields beat out his hit. …

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