Blue Jays defeat Rangers
3 games to 0
|Game||Date||Winning Team||Losing Team|
|1||Oct. 6||TOR 10||TEX 1|
|2||Oct. 7||TOR 5||TEX 3|
|3||Oct. 9||TOR 7||TEX 6|
Managers: John Gibbons, TOR; Jeff Banister, TEX
Path to the ALDS: Toronto (89-73) defeated Baltimore in AL Wild Card Game; Texas (95-67) won AL West by nine games
This rematch of the emotional 2015 ALDS was highly anticipated -- especially considering the two clubs hadn’t met since a memorable skirmish took place between Texas’ Rougned Odor and Toronto’s Jose Bautista back in May. The drama diminished quickly in Game 1 in Arlington, however, when a five-run third inning for Toronto -- highlighted by a bases-clearing triple by Troy Tulowitzki -- helped chase Rangers ace Cole Hamels from the game. Bautista added on with a three-run blast in the ninth, cementing his villain status in the Lone Star State, as the Jays took a 1-0 edge in the series with a 10-1 rout.
The Rangers thought they could find consolation with Yu Darvish on the mound in Game 2, but the Blue Jays struck first again thanks to a two-run home run by Tulowitzki in the second. Texas’ offense, which was shut down by Toronto’s Marco Estrada in Game 1, broke out for 13 hits, but the Rangers also went just 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position. Darvish went on to give up three more solo homers before his day was done, and Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna worked a five-out save to send Toronto back home with a 5-3 victory and a 2-0 edge in the series.
Game 3 was a back-and-forth affair that saw Toronto tie the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the sixth, when Tulowitzki scored from third on a passed ball. The contest remained tied until the bottom of the 10th, when Josh Donaldson led off with a double and came around to score the series-winning run on a throwing error by Odor that sailed wide of first base on what would’ve been an inning-ending double play.
With another dramatic postseason win, the Blue Jays knocked the Rangers out of the ALDS for the second straight year.