Blue Jays strike 4 home runs, kick Rangers for 2-0 lead in ALDS

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Talk about a 1-2-3 punch for a Toronto Blue Jays in these playoffs.

The wild-card Blue Jays have rediscovered their energy cadence in October, and are going home with a possibility to brush a Texas Rangers in a AL Division Series after a 5-3 win Friday.

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

One critical reminder, though: Last fall, Toronto mislaid a initial dual games of a ALDS during home opposite Texas, afterwards rallied to win a series.

“I schooled something final year … we got to win 3 games,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “They’ve got a good group over there. You don’t lead a American League, powerhouse league, we don’t fitness into that.”

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

Osuna entered after reliever Francisco Liriano was strike nearby a behind of a conduct by Carlos Gomez’s line drive. Liriano was taken by ambulance after a diversion to a hospital, where he was checked out and afterwards privileged to fly home with a group that evening. It was Osuna’s initial coming given he left a pile in a AL wild-card win Tuesday night with a shoulder damage that left his standing in doubt.

Kevin Pillar, Ezequiel Carrera and Encarnacion, who finished a wild-card diversion with a three-run homer in a 11th inning, strike solo homers in a five-batter camber in a fifth. Troy Tulowitzki’s two-run expostulate in a second put 20-game personality J.A. Happ and a Blue Jays forward to stay.

“Getting behind in a count, and they were looking for fastballs,” Darvish pronounced by his interpreter. “When we left it on a plate, they got it.”

Texas scored twice in a eighth, including Gomez’s singular that struck Liriano. The pitcher walked off a mound.

A day after Cleveland homered 3 times in an inning opposite Boston and won a ALDS opener, a Blue Jays matched a attainment opposite a group that won an AL-high 95 games this year. The home runs increased a Blue Jays in a diversion in that they got outhit 13-6.

While Toronto finished a unchanging deteriorate fourth in a majors with 221 homers, usually 8 came in a final 11 games. They already have 8 in 3 postseason games.

“Home runs are always a good thing,” Gibbons said.

Darvish had as many strikeouts (four) in his 5 innings as homers allowed, apropos a initial pitcher in a postseason to concede 4 homers in a diversion given Minnesota’s Rick Reed opposite Oakland in Game 3 of a 2002 ALDS.

Texas has mislaid 5 true ALDS games to a Blue Jays given winning a initial dual games in Toronto final October. The Rangers forsaken to 1-11 in ALDS games in their home ballpark, including Cole Hamels’ misfortune postseason tour in a 10-1 series-opening detriment Thursday.

“We’ve come behind from a lot this year. … We all trust in any other,” pronounced Texas outfielder Ian Desmond, who gathering in dual runs though was also thrown out perplexing to measure on a grounder.

Happ authorised 9 hits though usually run before withdrawal one kick into a sixth.

“You go into a diversion meaningful that during some indicate they’re going to get their hits,” Happ said. “But yeah, it was a battle. It seemed like a prolonged 5 innings.”

Osuna, who following pronounced he felt no pain, came in a small progressing than planned, a pierce that followed Liriano removing struck.

The round off Gomez’s bat was totalled during 102 mph, and Liriano incited divided usually in time to equivocate being strike in a face. Gomez winced as a round caromed into right-center margin for a singular to make it 5-2.

Desmond gathering in a run with a grounder before Osuna struck out Carlos Beltran to finish a eighth.

Adrian Beltre was stranded during second after a leadoff double in a ninth.


At initial pitch, it was cloudy with a heat of 67 degrees, though a diversion started on time after sleet fell overnight and in a early-morning hours during Globe Life Park. It was 90 degrees Thursday during a start of a array opener that was played underneath bright, balmy conditions.


Desmond had a leadoff double in a seventh, though was after thrown out during a image after third baseman Josh Donaldson fielded a grounder. The out call stood after a replay plea by a Rangers.


Blue Jays: 2B Devon Travis was scratched from a starting lineup about an hour before a initial representation since of right knee irritation.

Rangers: RF Shin-Soo Choo was out of a lineup after personification Game 1, though manager Jeff Banister pronounced Choo was excellent physically. Choo was on a infirm list 4 times this year, and had missed 39 games with a damaged left forearm until final weekend.


Blue Jays: One of a dual waste this deteriorate by RHP Aaron Sanchez, a AL ERA personality during 3.00, was to Texas. He gave adult 6 runs, relating his deteriorate high, and was a crook in that May 15 diversion with a bench-clearing fight after Toronto star Jose Bautista was punched by Rougned Odor.

Rangers: RHP Colby Lewis is 4-1 with a 2.38 ERA in 9 career postseason games (eight starts) for Texas. In 2010, he won a AL Championship Series clincher to get a Rangers to their initial World Series, and kick San Francisco in Game 3 for their usually feat in that series.

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