Walk-off error caps Jays' sweep of Rangers

The Toronto Blue Jays are heading back to the American League Championship Series after completing a sweep against the Texas Rangers with a thrilling 7-6 win in 10 innings Sunday.

In the bottom of the 10th, Josh Donaldson led off with a double against reliever Matt Bush, who was in his third inning of the game.

After Jose Bautista struck out, Russell Martin - in an eight-pitch at-bat - hit into what seemed to be an inning ending-double play. He launched Toronto further into October with his walk-off home run against Baltimore, and continued the trend when he hit a first inning home run against Texas on Sunday.

"I was at third base when the throw was being made", Donaldson said.

The wild-card Blue Jays are headed back to the AL Championship Series after beating Texas in an ALDS for a second straight year and will face the victor of the Cleveland-Boston series.

They are now moving on to the AL Championship Series, awaiting the victor of the Indians-Red Sox ALDS (Game 3 of that series airs Monday at 6 p.m. ET on TBS).

"Let me tell you this: I can't be more excited, because I finally get some rest", Osuna said with a grin.

This is true. The Blue Jays have hit 10 home runs in four playoff games; the other four AL teams have combined for nine. The umpires huddled to review the play at second base, but after a brief delay, the crowd of 49,555 went wild when crew chief Joe West signaled the run counted.


"You don't win this tonight, you're not feeling too good tomorrow, because we are banged up", he said. "I'm just as disappointed as anyone in that clubhouse".

Their aces had struggled.

He said Donaldson's play made reminded him of 1997, when he was just a rookie with Colorado and the Rockies recorded an epic triumph over San Diego thanks to an equally aggressive slide home by Holliday for the winning run.

The Rangers took their first lead of the series in the top of the first, as Carlos Beltran's ground out scored Carlos Gomez.

"A couple guys in the dugout were like, 'Wow, maybe that moment wasn't windy, ' " said Lobaton, a former Ray. "Once I saw (Moreland) miss the pick, I felt like I had to take a chance right there". He was charged with five runs on five hits. He had one hit against left-handers all season. The Indians lead, 2-0, with Game 3 scheduled for Monday at Fenway Park following a postponement Sunday. But if Colby isn't right early on, I think we will see this turn into a bullpen game quick. Instead, Lewis ended up only factoring in as a footnote in a game that had more twists than a desperate for ratings network drama, but the same conclusion as last year's edition - the Rangers being eliminated from the postseason.

Andrus hit a solo homer in the third and Odor added a two-run shot in the fourth. The Jays promptly loaded the bases in the bottom sixth, and a passed ball by catcher Jonathan Lucroy allowed Troy Tulowitzki to score the tying run.

"He couldn't get in a rhythm and get his pitches going", Banister said.

There was a lot of talk before this game began about young starter Aaron Sanchez, who enjoyed a great regular season, but Josh Donaldson and company proved that their bats can do all the work.


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