A dominating performance by CJ Wilson with only two hitters in six innings, Michael Youngs’ long homer and some breaks of the game have put the Rangers on the verge of winning their AL Division Series.
The Texas Rangers inched closer to their first postseason series victory after beating the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-0, on Thursday. They are now up 2-0 in their AL Division Series against the Rays and will host Game 3 on Saturday.
The Rangers have two home games coming up, giving them two chances to wrap up the series.
Playing in his first postseason, Michael Young hit a three-run homer in the fifth after a disputed an ump call on what the Rays thought was a strikeout. Plate up Jim Wolf ruled it as a check swing but Rays manager Joe Maddon argued that it went too far and should have been called a strike. Maddon was ejected for yelling at the umpires Wolf and Jerry Meals.
The Rangers got some lucky breaks early in the game. A James Shields error on a pickoff throw allowed the Matt Treanor of the Rangers to score a run in the third inning. Ian Kinsler hit a homer in the fourth and a two-run single in the fifth to set the final score at 6-0.