Rangers continue to stymie Rays

October 8th, 2010 by Staff

Source: The Times Colonist — The visiting Texas Rangers blanked the Tampa Bay Rays 6-0 yesterday to claim a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five American League Division Series.

Home runs by Ian Kinsler and Michael Young backed the two-hit shutout pitching of starter C.J. Wilson and two relievers to put Texas one win away from registering the first postseason triumph in the 50-year existence of the franchise.

Kinsler hit a solo homer in the fourth inning off Rays starter James Shields, and Young gave Texas some breathing room by greeting reliever Chad Qualls with a controversial three-run shot to centre during a four-run fifth.

The A.L. West champion Rangers head home with a chance to clinch a berth in the American League Championship Series in Texas tomorrow.

For Tampa Bay, the A.L. East champions who posted the league’s best record, it was another frustrating day at the plate following the 10-strikeout, no-walk performance on Wednesday. The Rays have scored one run on just eight hits in the first two games at their Tropicana Field home park.

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