The Texas Rangers will need another comeback in 2016 if they plan on getting past the ALDS.
The Rangers were held to four hits as the Blue Jays pounced for a 10-1 win in Game 1 Thursday afternoon at Globe Life Park.
Cole Hamels surrendered a postseason career high seven runs (six earned), including five in a disastrous third inning.
Pitching: Toronto took the lead with two runs in the third. With two outs, Josh Donaldson’s 109 mph line drive double deflected off Adrian Beltre’s glove and went into left field to score Ezquiel Carrera from second base. Cole Hamels had walked Carrera with one out and Carrera moved up to second on a wild pitch. Edwin Encarnacion singled off Hamels’ glove to put runners on the corners for Jose Bautista, who singled up the middle to give Toronto a 2-0 lead. After walking Russell Martin to load the bases, Troy Tulowitzki tripled to the right-center gap to clear the bases and make it 5-0. Center fielder Ian Desmond appeared close to chasing down the ball but pulled up as he neared the track as if he lost track of how close he was to the wall. Hamels remained in the game and started the fourth but the Jays tagged him for two more runs. Melvin Upton, Jr. homered to start the fourth. Elvis Andrus’ throwing error put Devon Travis on and he moved up to second on a passed ball before Donaldson’s single scored him to make it 7-0. Alex Claudio replaced Hamels and retired Encarnacion and Bautista to end the frame. Claudio pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief before Tony Barnette took over for the a scoreless eight. Bautista’s three-run homer off Jake Diekman gave Toronto a 10-0 lead.
Hitting: Adrian Beltre reached on an infield single in the second against Marco Estrada but that was it through the first five innings. Estrada retired 12 consecutive batters after Beltre reached. Elvis Andrus had two of the Rangers’ four hits, including a triple in the ninth. He scored on Shin-Soo Choo’s groundout to make the score 10-1.
Notable: The seven runs, including six earned, for Hamels a career postseason high.