Moreland's sixth-inning double had Texas thinking ahead to Game 4
By Alyson Footer
TORONTO -- The Texas Rangers had two leads in three games in the American League Division Series -- one that lasted about 10 minutes, and the other that ended up with, time-wise, about the same level of staying power.
The Rangers were swept by the Blue Jays in Game 3 on Sunday night, but offensively in that deciding contest, they performed better than they did in the first two. Though Toronto got off to a roaring start, scoring five runs in the first three frames, Texas didn't let up, and it caught up, before taking an eventual 7-6 loss in 10 innings.
Mitch Moreland gave the Rangers their last lead of the game when he launched a two-run double off Joe Biagini in the top of the sixth inning that was just out of the reach of a diving Kevin Pillar, putting Texas ahead, 6-5.
"It's never fun to end it," Moreland said. "Just a tough way to go out, but we played hard, we left everything we had on the field. Honestly, I can say if you look around, everybody that was on the field and the dugout tonight that had a Texas Rangers uniform on gave it everything they had. That's something to be proud of."
A Jonathan Lucroy passed ball in the bottom of the frame, however, knotted the game at 6, a score that would hold up until the 10th, when the Blue Jays walked off with the victory.
"Today we had a chance to win," Lucroy said. "We were up by one. We let some balls get away from us. They were just hot and they had a lot of momentum. We just made some mistakes. They took advantage of them, and that's what we got."
"Offensively, we didn't really click in these three games," Adrian Beltre said. "The only guy that was hitting was [Elvis Andrus]. Besides that, we didn't really contribute offensively. The pitching staff struggled a little bit. The bullpen was pretty solid. That's about it. We didn't do enough to win ballgames."
Alyson Footer is a national correspondent
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