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.