Game 1 of the 2010 American League Championship Series took storybook form early. The Texas Rangers, competing in their first-ever ALCS took an early 5-0 lead off Yankee starter C. C. Sabathia, forcing Sabathia out of the game after only four innings.
Josh Hamilton, who missed a month of the season due to injured ribs, delivered a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, scoring Elvis Andrus and Michael Young.
Young added to the Rangers’ lead with a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth, scoring Andrus and catcher Matt Treanor.
Texas starter C. J. Wilson did not allow a Yankees’ run through six innings, appearing to have the Rangers’ first ALCS victory (and first postseason victory at home) wrapped up.
But the Yankees had other ideas.
In the top of the seventh inning, Yankees’ second baseman Robinson Cano hit a solo shot to get New York on the board. Wilson remained in the game and was able to escape the inning without any additional damage.
The eighth inning marked the collapse of the Rangers. Brett Gardner scored on a double by Derek Jeter to cut the Rangers’ lead to 5-2. Jeter and Nick Swisher scored on a ground ball by Alex Rodriguez to cut Texas’ lead to 5-4. Mark Texiera scored later in the inning on a single by Cano to tie the game. The Yankees took the lead when A-Rod scored on a Marcus Thames single.
Texas used five pitchers in the eighth inning meltdown. The Yankees’ bullpen held Texas scoreless to secure the 6-5 victory for New York.
The Yankees’ victory gives them a 1-0 ALCS series lead and means they could clinch the American League pennant at home in Game 4 or 5, stealing away home field advantage from the Rangers.
Game 2 of the 2010 ALCS is Saturday afternoon in Arlington.
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