Saturday, October 16, 2010
Rangers strike first, hold on to tie series
The Texas Rangers jump out to a 5-0 lead after three innings, but this time they hold on to beat the New York Yankees 7-2 and even the series at 1-1. With the win, the Rangers snap their 10-game postseason losing streak vs the Yankees and record their first-ever postseason win at home.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 10-game losing streak was tied for the second-longest by one team against an opponent in postseason history, and their seven losses before earning their first home win were the most in postseason history.
Colby Lewis earned his first postseason win with 5⅔ innings of two-run ball. The Rangers bullpen – which entered the game with a 6.32 postseason ERA – allowed just one hit and held the Yankees scoreless for the final 3 ⅓ frames. Nelson Cruz had two doubles and now has seven extra base hits in his first seven postseason games, one shy of the record set by Carlos Beltran and Jim Edmonds.
For the Yankees, Phil Hughes becomes the first starter in postseason history to give up at least seven earned runs and 10 hits in four innings or fewer. Robinson Cano hits his fourth career postseason homer, tying Tony Lazzeri, Willie Randolph and Alfonso Soriano for the second-most by a Yankee second baseman, and one shy of the leader Billy Martin. Cano also becomes the 19th player in MLB history to homer in each of the first two games of an LCS series, and the first Yankee to ever achieve the feat.
The series continues Monday night in the Bronx with ace lefties Cliff Lee and Andy Pettitte set to take the mound in the pivotal Game 3 of this best-of-seven ALCS.