Major League Playoff Roundup: Rangers win series
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DETROIT ó Curtis Granderson made two spectacular catches against his former team and A.J. Burnett came through when the Yankees needed him most, leading New York past the Detroit Tigers 10-1 Tuesday night to send their AL playoff series back to the Bronx for a decisive Game 5.
Derek Jeter bounced back from a game-ending strikeout Monday, putting the Yankees ahead to stay with a two-run double in the third inning. Granderson also had an RBI double and New York broke it open with six runs in the eighth.
Shaky all season, Burnett started only because Game 1 was suspended by rain Friday. He was in trouble in the first after loading the bases on walks but Granderson made a leaping grab of Don Kelly’s line drive in center field, preventing at least three runs.
Rangers 4, Rays 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ó The Tampa Bay Rays simply ran out of comebacks.
Adrian Beltre hit three home runs, Ian Kinsler also went deep and the Texas Rangers knocked the Rays out of the playoffs Tuesday in Game 4 of their American League division series.
Unable to win a home game against Texas again, the Rays were eliminated under their own roof by the Rangers for the second consecutive year.
Tampa Bay, which pulled off a remarkable rally in September to win the AL wild card, certainly went down fighting. Sean Rodriguez barreled over Rangers catcher Mike Napoli to score an early run and Casey Kotchmanís one-out single in the ninth got the Rays within 4-3.
But closer Neftali Feliz retired Matt Joyce on a foul popup and Desmond Jennings on a grounder to earn his third save of the series.
Phillies 3, Cardinals 2
ST. LOUIS ó St. Louis stranded 14 runners and squandered a bases-loaded threat in the eighth inning with Albert Pujols on deck in Game 3 of their National League playoff.
It was a big missed opportunity for the Cardinals, who also wasted a strong showing by starter Jaime Garcia. He had the Phillies shut out on four hits until pinch-hitter Ben Franciscoís three-run homer with two outs in the seventh provided all the offense for Philadelphia.
Trailing 2-1 in the best-of-five matchup, the Cardinals must win Wednesday to send the series back to Philadelphia for a decisive fifth game.
Cole Hamels pitched six shutout innings for the win, striking out eight.
Diamondbacks 8, Brewers 1
Rookie Paul Goldschmidt knocked in five runs as Arizona stayed alive in Game 3 of a playoff series.
Josh Collmenter, another rookie, pitched sevens strong innings for the Diamondbacks before David Hernandez and J.J. Putz finished off the Brewers.
Miguel Montero drove in two runs.
Milwaukee starter Shaun Marcum was knocked out in the fifth inning. Corey Hartís home run accounted for the only Brewersí score.