Despite collapse Rangers exit with heads held high
By Steve Keating
TORONTO (Reuters) - The Texas Rangers saw their post-season unravel in spectacular style with three consecutive errors in the seventh inning allowing the Toronto Blue Jays to steal a 6-3 win on Wednesday and a trip to the American League Championship Series.
The Rangers had opened the best-of-five AL Division Series by taking two wins in Toronto but followed that with three successive losses, including two at home.
Despite the nose dive the Rangers exited the post-season with their heads held high having exceeded expectations.
"Where we started in spring training, the entire baseball world had us, I think, picked 27th, I believe," said Rangers manager Jeff Banister.
"We lost our ace, we lost our number two (starter), we lost our left-fielder, our third baseman has been playing hurt all year long. We had three players coming back from significant injuries.
"We have had so many contributors this year that one inning in a set of three games will not define our season.
"One game, one inning, a set of three will not define what these group of guys were capable of doing this year."
With starter Cole Hamels keeping the Blue Jays in check for 6-1/3 innings the Rangers looked in control taking a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh. Continued...