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ALDS Game 2 Scores: Rangers Take 5-3 Lead Against Rays

Game 2 of the ALDS didn't start off well for the Texas Rangers. Texas found themselves in a 1-0 hole immediately, after Derek Holland loaded the bases in the first inning before walking Kelly Shoppach, giving the Rays a 1-0 lead.

Tampa Bay would add to that lead in the fourth inning, when a two-out error by Holland gave the Rays an extra batter in the inning. Matt Joyce capitalized on that error, belting a two run home run off of Holland, giving Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead.

Texas, though, bounced back in the bottom half of the fourth -- thanks in large part to James Shields' wildness. Shields hit Elvis Andrus to start the inning, before giving up back-to-back singles to Josh Hamilton and Michael Young. Shields then hit Adrian Beltre to force in Texas' first run of the game and the series.

Mike Napoli then tied the game up, lacing a single that scored both Hamilton and Young. After Nelson Cruz struck out, a wild pitch advanced Napoli and Beltre to second and third base. Shields then got David Murphy to strike out swinging, but, the pitch was a wild pitch, allowing Beltre to score and Murphy to reach. 

Texas' fifth run of the inning came on a Mitch Moreland groundout, which scored Napoli from third. 

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.