Yu Darvish allowed a career-high four home runs over the first five innings Friday in Game 2 of the American League Division Series, leaving the Texas Rangers in a 5-1 hole against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Toronto won Game 1 on Thursday and were threatening to leave Globe Life Park needing to win only one of the final three games to wrap up the series.
Darvish surrendered a two-run homer to Troy Tulowitzki in the second inning, but the Rangers scored once in the fourth and seemed to have momentum on their side.
But Kevin Pillar started the fifth with a home run, and Ezequiel Carrera and Edwin Encarnacion also connected for solo shots. The four homers allowed tied the MLB record for the most in a postseason game.
Combine with Cole Hamels’ short effort Thursday, the two Rangers aces have allowed 12 runs (11 earned) in 8 1/3 innings.