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Instant Reaction: Rangers 4, Rays 3

Posted on: October 3, 2011 8:59 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2011 12:51 am

By Evan Brunell

WP: Colby Lewis

LP: David Price

SV: Neftali Feliz

HR: TEX - Mike Napoli | TB - Desmond Jennings (2)

Series: Rangers lead 2-1 in best-of-5

Hero: Colby Lewis didn't get much in the way of run support until his night was done, but he kept Texas close enough that a four-run explosion in the top of the seventh allowed the Rangers to take the lead and later win the game. That was on the strength of a one-hitter through six innings, punching out six while walking two. He allowed just one run, throwing 62 of 93 pitches for strikes. Lewis' performance the last two postseasons have been nothing short of impressive. As's Daniel Knobler tweets, "So Colby Lewis, career ERA 4.99, now owns a 1.67 postseason ERA (6 starts)."

Goat: Texas had zero runs until the seventh, then Mike Napoli banged a two-run homer to take the lead in the game. Not ideal for Tampa, but not terrible, as long as they didn't allow any more runs to cross the plate. Except David Price, after getting two quick outs following the blast, gave up a single to Craig Gentry. That led to Brandon Gomes entering the game for the Rays, as manager Joe Maddon hoped he could retire Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus. That didn't happen, as the rookie earns the goat label by giving up walks to each while allowing Gentry to steal his way from first to third. J.P. Howell then relieved, allowing a two-run single by Josh Hamilton before the inning concluded with a 4-1 Rays deficit.

Next: 10/4 at Tampa Bay, 2:07 p.m. ET. Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.95)

More postseason coverage: Postseason schedule | Rangers-Rays series2011 playoffs

Video: Rangers manager Ron Washington discusses his team's Game 3 win.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:38 pm

Instant Reaction: Rangers 4, Rays 3

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Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 3:26 am

Instant Reaction: Rangers 4, Rays 3

You probably meant to say, if the Red Sox hadn't blown it, not the Yankees.  Don't expect help from the Yankees when they already had home field advantage wrapped up and were resting players to get ready for post-season.  It's not their job to play lights out in meaningless games just because the Red Sox tanked.  The teams in the playoffs deserved to be there.  

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 11:02 pm

Instant Reaction: Rangers 4, Rays 3

Good only team i don't want to see advance is Tampa bay , they don't deserve to be there and wouldn't have made it if new york hadn't blown those last three games to let them in the playoffs ,.. Karma would be boh Ne York and Tampa losing in the first round !

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