Beltre socked three homers in Tuesday's win, tying a postseason single game record for home runs in a game. Unfortunately for the Rangers, all three home runs were solo blasts, but it was enough for the Rangers to advance to the ALCS.
Ian Kinsler set the tone immediately, belting a leadoff home run off of Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson. Beltre would add his first of three home runs in the second inning, giving Texas a 2-0 lead.
Matt Joyce's second inning double made the score 2-1, but Beltre would respond again in the fourth inning, giving Texas a 3-1 lead. Tampa Bay would cut the deficit to 3-2 before Beltre homered yet again in the seventh inning, giving Texas a 4-2 lead.
Matt Harrison was credited with the win, despite pitching only five innings. Harrison pitched well, allowing two runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out nine. Derek Holland came on in relief of Harrison in the sixth inning, pitching one and 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit.
Ron Washington then went to Matt Adams to get the last two outs of the seventh inning -- even though Adams usually pitches the eighth. Alexi Ogando, who was moved back to the bullpen prior to the ALDS, pitched the eighth inning without surrendering a base runner.
Neftali Feliz earned the save, but allowed the Rays to bring the winning run to the plate in the ninth after issuing a walk and allowing a hit. Feliz, though, induced a groundout from Desmond Jennings to end the game, sending the Rangers back to the ALCS for the second consecutive season.
Texas' opponent in the ALCS is still unknown. Detroit currently leads New York two games to one in the ALDS, with Game 4 coming tonight in Detroit. Should the Tigers close out the Yankees tonight, the Rangers would host games one and two of the ALCS. If the Yankees come back and win the next two games, Texas would travel to the Bronx to take on the Yankees in a rematch of the 2010 ALCS.