Predictions of a 2-0 Tampa Bay Rays series lead as the ALDS moves to Arlington seemed like an intelligent guess two days ago. Today, the Texas Rangers appear not only to have the ALDS wrapped up, they also have emerged as a serious World Series contender.
Rangers’ starter C. J. Wilson one-upped fellow pitcher Cliff Lee as he held the Rays scoreless, allowing only two hits and two walks in six and one-third innings. Wilson also recorded seven strikeouts.
The Texas bullpen picked up where Wilson left off, allowing no hits and only one walk to seal the shutout.
Rays’ starter James Shields lasted only four and one-third innings, surrendering four earned runs. He was relieved by Chad Qualls who allowed four hits and two runs in only one-third of an inning.
The Rangers received solid offensive performances by Michael Young, who went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs coming on a home run in the fifth inning, and Ian Kinsler, who went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz also had two-hit days.
The series will move to Arlington for the first time on Saturday. Texas will advance to the American League Championship Series for the first time in franchise history with a victory.
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