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ALDS Game 2: Homers Back Blue Jays 5-3 Win Over Rangers; Take 2-0 Series’ Lead

(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

For the second consecutive game it seems that the Texas Rangers haven’t been able to find a way to get ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays.

In Game 1 it was Rangers’ ace Cole Hamels that was tagged for seven runs and on Friday afternoon in Game 2 it was RHP Yu Darvish that struggled on the mound against a hot Blue Jays’ defense.

The Jays took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second with a two-run homer by Troy Tulowitzki.

In the bottom of the third the Rangers cut down the lead by one with a RBI single by Ian Desmond to send home Nomar Mazara for a 2-1 ballgame.

In the top of the fifth the Blue Jays took three more runs off of Darvish to extend the lead to 5-1 with three solo homer by Kevin Pillar, Ezequiel Carrera and Edwin Encarnacion.

Darvish’s day was over after five innings of work, allowing five runs off of five hits; walking one and striking out four batters.

The Blue Jays five runs were enough to ack starter J.A. Happ’s five innings, where he allowed just one run off of nine hits, walking one and striking out five.

The Rangers were able toget in two more runs off of Toronto’s Francisco Liriano for a 5-3 game. Liriano was hit in the head by a line drive off thebat of Carlos Gomez. Although he did walk off the field under his own power he was taken to the hospital for further testing.

The Texas Rangers now have an uphill battle as they try and fight back from a two game deficit and will have to run the table to secure the series win.

Top Performers:

Toronto Blue Jays

Troy Tulowitzki: 2 for 4; HR; 2 RBIs

Texas Rangers

Ian Desmond: 3 for 5; 2 RBIs

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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