Fifth inning of ALCS opener twice delayed

Fifth inning of ALCS opener twice delayed

Fifth inning of ALCS opener twice delayed
ARLINGTON -- Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday was twice delayed in the top of the fifth inning, the second coming with the Rangers holding a 3-2 lead over the Tigers -- a margin that proved to be the final score.

Play was initially halted at 9:42 p.m. ET after a leadoff double by Ramon Santiago against Rangers starter C.J. Wilson. It resumed after a delay of 41 minutes, and the Tigers had enough time to score on Austin Jackson's double and a wild pitch. But with two outs and the bases loaded, the pace of the downpour quickened, and play was once again stopped, this time at 10:36 p.m. Alex Avila was about to hit after an intentional walk to Magglio Ordonez.

Play once again resumed after a one-hour, nine-minute delay. Mike Gonzalez took over for Wilson to face Avila. Don Kelly took over as a pinch-runner at first base for Ordonez. Avila grounded out, ending the inning and what ended up being the Tigers' best threat at evening the score.

In total, the delays added up to one hour, 50 minutes.

The Rangers took a 2-0 in the second inning against Tigers starter Justin Verlander when David Murphy hit a one-out triple that brought home Mike Napoli. He scored on a two-out single by Ian Kinsler.

Nelson Cruz made it 3-0 in the fourth with a home run off Verlander. It was his first of the postseason but his seventh playoff home run going back to last year. That's a new club record, passing Juan Gonzalez.

The Rangers had four delays at The Ballpark in the regular season and none after May 24.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.