Blue Jays top Rangers to force decisive Game 5
Given up for dead after losing their first two playoff games at home, the Blue Jays have pushed this American League Division Series to the limit with a two-game sweep of the Rangers in Texas, capped by an 8-4 pounding on Monday afternoon.
The Blue Jay offence erupted for 11 hits, including three home runs and four doubles, scoring early and often to drain any drama from this potentially season-ending game.
Leading 7-1 in the fifth inning behind the knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, manager John Gibbons was taking no chances, bringing ace David Price out of the bullpen to keep the peace over three innings but that tactic almost backfired.
Price gave up six hits and three runs, all of them in the seventh inning when the Rangers got to within four runs of Toronto before Aaron Sanchez came out of the bullpen to strike out pinch-hitter Drew Stubbs to restore order.
Price threw 50 pitches and that leaves Marcus Stroman ready to face the Rangers in the deciding game Wedne