October 02, 2011
Leading lads: Mike Napoli(notes) was a hot bat at the end of the regular season for the Rangers. So it probably shouldn't be a surprise that he came through with a two-run single that tied the game 3-3 in the fourth inning. Evan Longoria(notes) hit a three-run homer to cut the Texas lead to 7-6 in the seventh. But Mitch Moreland(notes) provided an insurance run with a solo shot one inning later.
Head hanger: James Shields(notes) has been the Rays' most reliable starting pitcher, so starting him in Game 2 looked like a luxury. Yeah, not so much. After getting a 3-0 lead, Shields was blown up for five runs in the fourth. A close second might be Koji Uehara(notes), who didn't retire a batter and allowed Longoria's three-run blast, letting the Rays back into the game.
Key play: On a 1-2 count in the fourth, Daniel Murphy(notes) hit what appeared to be a ground ball in front of first base. Home plate ump Kerwin Danley ruled it a foul ball, however. Two pitches later, Murphy struck out, but the ball got away from Kelly Shoppach(notes) for a wild pitch. That allowed Adrian Beltre(notes) to score the go-ahead run.
Interesting stat: Home field might not be such an advantage for the Rangers. Of the ten home games in Arlington dating back to last year's postseason, Texas has lost six of them.
What they'll be talking about: Colby Lewis(notes) did not lose a game in last year's playoff run, finishing with a 3-0 record and and 1.71 ERA. In his one start against the Rays, he pitched five shutout innings. Meanwhile, David Price(notes) lost both starts versus the Rangers, allowing eight runs and 17 hits. That's your Game 3 pitching matchup.
What's next: The series has an off-day while the Rays and Rangers travel to Tampa Bay. The ALDS resumes Monday at 5:07 p.m. ET.