ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After Bengie Molina homered and had three hits in the Game 1 victory, it was Matt Treanor's turn in Game 2. Hard act to follow? Sure. But, Treanor, less glamorously than Molina, made his presence felt by taking two for the team in his first two at-bats, triggering rallies that scored five of the club's six runs.
"It just worked out that I was leading off the innings when I got drilled," Treanor said. "That's just the way it works."
Tampa Bay Rays starter James Shields plunked Treanor to lead off the third inning and wound up scoring the first run of the game from third when Shields threw wildly to first trying to hold Elvis Andrus. Treanor took another Shields pitch nearly in the same spot on his back to lead off the fifth.
That led to Michael Young's three-run blast that opened up the Rangers second 5-0 lead of the series.
Treanor struck out in the sixth and then reached on a walk in the ninth. Between Treanor and Molina, Texas' catchers reached base six times in eight at-bats.