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ALDS Game 3: Blue Jays Walk-Off Rangers 7-6 To Sweep Series



On Sunday, it took extra innings for the Toronto Blue Jays to defeat the Texas Rangers and complete a three game sweep of their best of five game ALDS series.

The Rangers who came into the game down 2-0 and looking for a victory to extend the series, took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Carlos Gomez scored on an RBI ground out off the bat of Carlos Beltran.

But the Jays responded with three runs in the bottom of inning, on a two-run bomb from Edwin Encarnacion and a solo shot from Russell Martin to take a 3-1 lead.

Texas pulled within a run in the top of the third after Elvis Andrus hit a line drive home run over the center field fence. But Toronto answered back again in the bottom of the frame with two runs to pull ahead 5-2.

In the top of the fourth, Rougned Odor hit a two-run line drive home run over the center field fence scoring Adrian Beltre to bring the Ranger to within a run again at 5-4.

Then in the top of the sixth, Texas broke through, taking a 6-5 lead, when Mitch Moreland doubled to center field off the glove of a diving Kevin Pillar, scoring Odor and Jonathan Lucroy. In the bottom half of the inning, the Rangers allowed the tying run to score on a passed ball by Lucroy allowing Troy Tulowitzki to score.

After a scoreless ninth inning, the Blue Jays 21-year old closer pitching his second straight inning, retired the Rangers in order again to keep the game tied.  Then in the bottom of the 10th, Josh Donaldson led off the inning with a double to center field. With the winning run on second, Rangers intentionally walked Encarnacion. Next batter Jose Bautista struck out for the first out of the inning. Then Martin grounds into a potential double play, but Odor commits a throwing error, allowing Donaldson to score the series winning run.

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