Rangers One Game Away from the World Series

The Texas Rangers are on the verge of making it to the baseball promise land.

Texas chased Yankees starter after six innings roughing him up for six hits and five runs including a pivotal three-run home run by Bengie Molina that put the Rangers up 5-3. That score was all the Rangers needed, but they added another five runs just to be on the safe side; the final score was 10-3, Rangers.

Critics blasted the Yankees for starting A.J. Burnett in game four of the 2010 ALCS, but he was not to blame for the Yankees loss. It was actually the Rangers bullpen that came to the rescue.

The starting rotation had been going fairly long into games, but this time the starter ended up getting chased pretty quick. Tommy Hunter was pulled one out in to the fourth inning after getting in to a bases loaded jam. Derek Holland came in to relieve Hunter and escaped the inning with only one run scoring for the Yankees.

"He settled things down a little bit until we could get into the flow of the game offensively," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

The same four relievers that lost the game for the Rangers in game one of the series combined to hold the powerful Yankees offense to just two hits over the final 5 2/3 innings. Derek Holland got the win after allowing only one hit over 3 2/3 innings and striking out three while walking two. Darren Oliver pitched the last five outs giving up only one hit to preserve the win for Texas.

New York was in a position to tie the game up in the eighth after the Texas bullpen walked the bases loaded with the Rangers up 7-3 with only one out and Nick Swisher and Lance Berkman due up.

Oliver got Swisher to pop out to centerfield and Cano was thrown out at second off of Berkman’s hit to end the threat.

Offensively Josh Hamilton led the hit parade with two home runs bringing his total in the ALCS to four, matching the current record for home runs in a LCS.

Game five will be played on Wednesday with the first pitch to be thrown at 3pm Eastern Time. Scheduled to take the mound is a rematch of game one of the ALCS with C.J. Wilson for the Rangers and CC Sabathia for the Yankees; neither pitcher factored in to the decision.
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