Rangers Drop Game 4 To Rays 5-2, Series Tied At 2-2

Tampa Bay defeated Texas today 5-2, tying the series at 2-2 and forcing a decisive Game 5 on Tuesday in Tampa Bay.

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Rays Force Game 5 As Rangers Fall 5-2

The Tampa Bay Rays have evened up the ALDS at two games apiece after beating the Texas Rangers 5-2 today in Arlington.

The Rays jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a fielding error by Ian Kinsler which allowed Carlos Pena to score. Kinsler was backpeddling for a popup halfway into right field but could not manage to catch the ball, costing the Rangers a run.

Pena and B.J. Upton would add RBI doubles to give the Rays a 3-0 lead after four innings.

Tommy Hunter pitched four innings, giving up two earned runs on the doubles to Upton and Pena as well as the unearned run. He struck out seven, walked none and gave up six hits.

Derek Holland came on in relief of Hunter and surrendered a two-run home run to Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, giving the Rays a 5-0 lead.

Texas added two runs in the sixth inning when Nelson Cruz launched a solo home run and Mitch Moreland doubled, scoring Ian Kinsler. The Rangers would not score for the rest of the game.

Wade Davis went five innings, earning the win. Davis struck out seven, walked three, gave up seven hits and was responsible for both earned runs. Randy Choate, Grant Balfour, Joaquin Benoit pitched in relief before Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth, earning his first save of the ALDS.

The decisive Game 5 will be held in Tampa Bay on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. EDT.

Cliff Lee will face off against David Price in a rematch of Game 1.


ALDS Game 4: Texas Rangers And Tampa Bay Rays Starting Lineups

Per Anthony Andro, the starting lineups for ALDS Game 4 are as follows:

Tampa Bay Rays
C Jaso
2B Zobrist
LF Crawford
3B Longoria
1B Pena
RF Joyce
DH Johnson
CF Upton
SS Brignac

Wade Davis draws the start for the Rays on the mound.

Texas Rangers
SS Andrus
3B Young
CF Hamilton
DH Guerrero
RF Cruz
2B Kinsler
LF Murphy
C Molina
1B Moreland

Tommy Hunter will start for the Rangers on the mound.


ALDS Game 4: Rangers Look To Close Out Series At Home

The Texas Rangers have one more chance to close out the ALDS at home. Tommy Hunter will be on the mound as the Rangers look win their first ever playoff series in franchise history in Arlington on Sunday.

Texas won the first two games of the series by a combined 11-1 score but fell apart late in Game 3, giving up five runs in the last two innings in a 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay.

Hunter went 13-4 for the Rangers in the regular season posting a 3.73 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 128 innings while striking out only 68. The decision to pitch him in Game 4 over Cliff Lee on short rest is a vote of confidence by manager Ron Washington in Hunter's ability to perform effectively on a big stage. 

He'll be opposed by Wade Davis of the Tampa Bay Rays who went 12-10 with a 4.07 ERA and 1.35 WHIP while striking out 113 in 168 innings of work. 

Should the Rangers fall to the Rays on Sunday, they'll have ace Cliff Lee waiting in the wings for the decisive Game 5 in Tampa Bay on Tuesday. The winner of this series will advance to take on the Yankees in the ALCS. New York finished off a sweep of the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.

Televised coverage of the game can be found on TBS. First pitch is scheduled for 12:07 local time.

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