Rangers beat Toronto again to put Blue Jays on ropes
(The Sports Xchange) - It came down to a battle of the bullpens. The Texas Rangers won that and ultimately the game Friday.
While the bullpen held the Toronto Blue Jays to two hits over the final seven innings, the Rangers scored twice in the 14th inning to earn a 6-4 victory and take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five American League Division Series.
"As far as our bullpen is concerned, what a phenomenal job they did today and the zeros they put up," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was not surprised by the strength of the Texas bullpen.
"No, no, we saw them early in the year," he said. "They've got some big arms."
The Blue Jays' bullpen took a hit when left-hander Brett Cecil suffered what Gibbons called "a significant tear in his calf."
Cecil was injured in a rundown play that ended the eighth inning.
The Blue Jays bullpen also excelled until the 14th inning when Hanser Alberto, filling in a third base for injured Adrian Beltre, singled in the go-ahead run against right-hander LaTroy Hawkins.
With his winning hit, Alberto atoned for an error that led to two unearned runs in the second inning. Continued...