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Rangers Tag Price And Quiet Blue Jays Offense In Game One Victory

Rangers win

Rougned Odor homered in the seventh inning. (JON BLACKER/MLB PHOTOS)

Game One of the American League Division Series between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays was played on Thursday afternoon in front of 49,894 fans at the Roger Centre in Toronto.

The Blue Jays sent Ace lefty David Price to the mound to face-off against Rangers righty Yovani Gallardo.

Price started the game giving up two one out walks, before inducing an inning ending double play off the bat of Prince Fielder.

Gallardo matched a zero with Price in the bottom of the first as he retired the potent Blue Jays offense in order on two fly outs and getting Jose Bautista to pop out to second base, to end the inning.

In the second, Price looked dominate as he struck out the side and Gallardo once again took care of business in his half of the inning by retiring the side in order again.

In the third, the Rangers took advantage after Rougned Odor was hit by a pitch leading off the inning, and then scored on a one out single from Delino DeShields. After Shin-Soo Choo grounded out moving DeShields to scoring position at second base, Adrian Beltre followed with a line drive single to center field plating the DeShields to put the Rangers up 2-0.

On the single to center, Adrian Beltre came up lame running down to first and after the inning he was removed from the game after suffering a strained lower back. The injury actually occurred in the first inning when Beltre slide into second trying to break up a double play. He received treatment in the dugout but it wasn’t until third that the injury forced him out of the game.

Gallardo continued his dominating performance as he retired the side in order again, shutting down the first nine batters he faced.

In the fourth, after Price retired the side in order, the Blue Jays finally got on the board when Ben Revere, who singled to lead off the inning, scored on a single by Edwin Encarnacion to pull within 2-1.

But the Rangers would answer back with two runs in the fifth on Robinson Chirinos two-run home run scoring Odor and extending the lead 4-1.

With the Blue Jays offense looking to get fired up, Russell Martin led off the fifth with a double, and scored on a two out double from Kevin Pillar. But they would only manage one run as Gallardo settled down and induced two ground ball outs to end the inning and limit the damage to just a run.

During the inning, Josh Donaldson was removed from the game after suffering a head injury when Odor’s knee accidentally hit Donaldson in the helmet as he was sliding into second base to attempt to break-up a double play.

The Blue Jays pulled within a run at 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth when Jose Bautista hit his first home run of the postseason, a line drive over the left center field fence.

The Rangers answered right back with a run in the seventh to extend the lead to 5-3, on Odor’s first playoff home run.

The Rangers bullpen then shut down the Blue Jays retiring nine straight batters before Encarnacion singled to lead off the ninth. After Troy Tulowitzki struck out, Justin Smoak hit into a force out and then was called out at third after Martin hit a ground ball to third base and Smoak was tagged out trying to reach the base.

Game one belonged to the Rangers, but the bigger issues were the injuries to Adrien Beltre, Josh Donaldson and calf strain that Jose Bautista suffered in the ninth. Now the attention shifts to which team will overcome the early adversity.

Game two will be played on Friday at Roger Centre with first pitch at 12:30 pm.


David Conde
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