Lee Dominates Again as Rangers Advance
The Texas Rangers are headed to the American League Championship Series, after dispatching of the Tampa Bay Rays in Game Five of the Division Series. Rangers starter Cliff Lee continued his postseason dominance, hurling a complete-game, six-hitter as the Rangers beat the Rays 5-1 Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay was 0-3 and scored just two runs at home in the series, as the Rays were eliminated in the first round despite having the best record in baseball during the regular season. Lee struck out 11 without a walk to outduel Rays ace David Price for the second time in the series. Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI for the Rangers, who won a playoff series for the first time in franchise history. Nelson Cruz also had three hits and scored twice for Texas. Price gave up eight hits and three runs in six frames to take the loss. The road team won all five games in the best-of-five matchup, the first time that’s ever happened in a postseason baseball series. The Rangers move on to face the Yankees in the American League Championship Series, which begins Friday night in Texas.