Troy Tulowitzki’s bases-loaded triple was the big blow in a five-run third inning for the Toronto Blue Jays as they took a 5-0 lead over the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
All five runs against Cole Hamels scored after two were out. The left-hander needed 42 pitches to finish the inning.
Josh Donaldson drove in the first run, following a wild pitch that advanced Ezequiel Carrera to second base, with a line drive off Adrian Beltre’s glove. Edwin Encarnacion followed with a soft liner up the middle that Hamels deflected into no-man’s land for in infield hit.
Jose Bautista followed with a single to center to score Donaldson, and after a walk to Russell Martin, Tulowitzki hit a 2-2 pitch to center that carried to the wall. Center fielder Ian Desmond appeared to pull up for it at the last minute.
The Rangers rallied for 49 come-from-behind victories in the regular season.