Tulowitzki keeps Blue Jays alive in ALDS
(The Sports Xchange) - Troy Tulowitzki snapped out of his post-season funk with a home run and four RBIs as the Toronto Blue Jays stayed alive in the American League Division Series with a 5-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
The Rangers still lead the series 2-1 with the fourth game scheduled for Monday in Arlington.
Tulowitzki had been 0-for-10 in the series and was dropped to the sixth spot in the batting order for the first time this season.
The move paid off, as the shortstop collected a bases-loaded walk in the fourth inning to put Toronto up 2-0.
Tulowitzki, who finished 2-for-3, lashed a three-run homer to left off Texas reliever Chi Chi Gonzalez two innings later.
Toronto right-hander Marco Estrada pitched 6-1/3 innings, allowing just five hits and one run. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
The Blue Jays had taken a 1-0 lead in the third against left-hander Martin Perez when catcher Dioner Navarro scored on a double-play grounder from Ryan Goins, then doubled the advantage in the fourth when Tulowitzki drew an RBI walk.
Perez struggled with his command after a promising start and ended up walking three and allowing four runs on six hits before being replaced in the sixth inning.
Four Texas relievers combined to throw 2-2/3 scoreless innings. Continued...