Mlb Playoffs 2011
October 5, 2011 by staff
The current champions Rangers, who beat Tampa Bay 3-1 in the series best of five games, face Detroit or New York Yankees in the ALCS best-of-seven league starts Saturday.
In the night game, outfielder Curtis Granderson made two spectacular catches as the Yankees fell to the Tigers 10-1 to level their series of first round of playoffs in two games each.
The Yankees blew a half dozen runs in the eighth inning to force decisive game five on Thursday in the series.
In the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in their series.
Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco opened a seventh inning three-run homer and Ryan Madson recorded the last five outs near Philadelphia.
Elsewhere, rookie Paul Goldschmidt Arizona opened a grand slam and tied a franchise playoff-record with five RBIs and the Arizona Diamondbacks Milwaukee Brewers hammered 8-1 to reduce their deficit to 2-1 in the series first round.
Beltre, one of his 11 in the plate in the playoffs before today, became the sixth player to hit three homers in the same game playoff baseball.
Texas leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler hit a solo homer in the first inning and Beltre followed with another to start the second inning for the Rangers, the two attacks in Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson to give Texas a 2-0 lead.
Tampa Bay Matt Joyce doubled in Rodriguez, who hit the ball from the hands of Texas, catcher Mike Napoli in a collision at home plate with two outs in the second to take a turn for the Rays.
But Beltre Hellickson criticized another homer in the fourth to put the Rangers on top 3-1.
The Rays moved to 3-2 in the fourth, when Rodriguez scored again, this time in a single Kotchman.
Beltre struck again in the seventh inning, breaking another round burst of lightning reliever Matt Moore to push the Rangers lead to 4-2.
Beltre homer that lifted the story along with Kennedy, George Brett, Reggie Jackson, Bob Robertson and Babe Ruth, who hit three home runs in World Series game the same in both 1926 and 1928.
The two-time All-Star Granderson had an RBI double for the Yankees, who recorded 13 hits, including seven singles in the eighth inning.
He made a line break theft Don Kelly hit drive in the first inning to spoil the Tigers’ rally with the bases loaded.
“He (Kelly) is a blow but somehow was able to stay in the right place to make a play,”Granderson said.
Five innings later, Granderson made an even more impressive running catch diving to save the Yankees probably give more races.
“The ball hung up a little more than I expected and I had the opportunity to expand and get the same. It knocked the wind out of me,”he said.
Derek Jeter put the Yankees ahead to stay with a two-run double in the third inning. Jeter bounced back from a difficult start in a game of three losses struck out to end the contest yesterday.
“We wanted to go out and score first. With the exception of the eighth inning, this was a close game,”Jeter said.
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