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Rays top Rangers again, force Game 5 showdown

Oct 10, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

Game 5 it is. The Rays scored early and managed to hang on for a Game 4 ALDS victory on Sunday afternoon in Arlington, Texas, forcing a series-deciding showdown scheduled for Tuesday at Tropicana Field...

Game 5 it is.

The Rays scored early and managed to hang on for a Game 4 ALDS victory on Sunday afternoon in Arlington, Texas, forcing a series-deciding showdown scheduled for Tuesday at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay.

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria homered and hit two doubles, Carlos Pena had a double and a triple, and rookie Wade Davis struck out seven batters over a solid five-inning outing as the Rays rolled to a 5-2 win.  Rafael Soriano finished it all off with a flawless ninth, earning his first postseason save.

The Rangers had their way with the Rays in the first two games of the series, taking meeting No. 1 by a score of 5-1 and the second meeting by a score of 5-0.  But the Rays woke up on their flight to Texas and have outplayed the Rangers on consecutive days. 

Tampa will send left-handed ace David Price to the hill for Tuesday’s Game 5 and the Rangers will go with Cliff Lee.  It should be a wild one, especially if the Rays can fill their building.

  1. Zidane Valor - Oct 10, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Home teams now 1-6 in the ALDS.

  2. rayssth - Oct 10, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Wow, yet another comment about the Rays and their attendance. Nice swipe at the Rays, Drew.
    So, how many games did the Yankees sell out this season? 20?

  3. Giant Space Ants - Oct 10, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Rangers are 0-6 at home all-time in the playoffs, and 3-11 overall. They’re on the verge of being the second team ever to blow a 2-0 lead in the division series after taking the first two on the road. The only thing standing in the way- Cliff Lee. I know the main focal point of Game 5 will be Price vs Lee…but I encourage you not to overlook another factor: good juju (Lee!) vs. bad juju (Rangers Franchise).

  4. Ick McWang - Oct 11, 2010 at 12:44 AM

    yup, the attendance jokes/digs are getting old. you would think you guys would realize Cincinnati, San Diego, Atlanta, and several others don’t sell any more than the Rays, but boy, Tampa fans are terrible.

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 11, 2010 at 12:48 AM

    Cliff Lee will bring the victory to the Rangers, provided they can scored a run or two for him. However, judging from how cursed the Rangers appear to be, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this game 0-0 after 9.

  6. Route36West - Oct 11, 2010 at 6:11 AM

    I hope the Rays win …. not that I have anything against the Rangers I just want there to a be a 08′ or 09′ World Series rematch . And if the Yankees and Rays play each other in the ALCS the odds of that happening goes up considerably. That way if the Phillies and the Rays make it, it will give them a chance to silence the critics of the 08 world series and the akward way it played out. And if the Phillies and Yankees make it, it will give the Phillies a chance to get revenge for last year’s loss and a chance to prove that they are the best team in baseball .

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