Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays dash to ALCS

The Rangers deserve credit for battling back in this one.

If that wasn't true before the Toronto Blue Jays completed a sweep of the Texas Rangers Sunday night with a 7-6 extra-inning win, it's certainly true now.

During the 2013 season, a fan threw a can of beer at Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth during a game in Toronto.

Liriano suffered a concussion on a Carlos Gomez line drive on Friday's game that hit Liriano in the head, forcing him to leave the game to head to the hospital for tests.

After Jose Bautista struck out, Russell Martin hit a grounder to shortstop Elvis Andrus, who tried to start a double play with a feed to second base. "They played a tremendous series", Banister said. I am hoping that this was the reason the Jays chose to make the roster move, and that it wasn't prompted by worsening symptoms from the 32-year-old lefty.

Josh Donaldson scored the winning run Sunday against Texas. The umpires huddled to review the play at second base, but after a brief delay, the crowd of 49,555 went wild as crew chief Joe West signaled the run counted.

"You know, that game-ending play, that's not a normal big-league type of ending to a game", manager John Gibbons said afterward, reeking of beer and Champagne and still glistening with the beverages that were dumped on his head and shoulders. "That's my answer. I mean, you can give me somebody better, then I can play somebody instead of him". On May 15, Odor famously punched Bautista to spark a brawl in Texas, and the broadcast of Sunday's game showed a fan-made sign declaring "I would rather get punched in May than get knocked out in October".

Backs against the wall, the Blue Jays beat the Rangers twice in Texas to force a Game 5 back home, then eliminated the Rangers in the deciding game. Matt Bush was the losing pitcher for the Rangers, who lost in the ALDS to Toronto for the second year in a row.

Banister was gracious in a defeat he acknowledged was "disappointing". "I say that because the roles are reversed".

That said, the Rangers were one of the few teams to get to Sanchez this year, lighting him up for nine earned runs in 13.2 innings during two May starts. By the time first baseman Mitch Moreland could pick up the ball and throw it home, it was too late. "They hit the ball well and never let us feel comfortable".

One out after Sanchez walked the first batter of the fourth, Odor cut the lead to 5-4 with a two-run shot that travelled 419 feet deep to centre.

The Indians won Games 1 and 2 at home, beating Boston's two best pitchers and setting the stage for a sweep at Fenway on Sunday.

The Blue Jays tied the game 6-6 in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Troy Tulowitzki against Jeremy Jeffress, a double by pinch hitter Melvin Upton Jr against Jake Diekman, an intentional walk to Pillar and a passed ball after Keone Kela had come in to pitch. The Toronto ace was not his normally crisp self, giving up six runs on three hits with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.



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