Game 4: Rays 5, Rangers 2
Well it looks like this series will live up to the hype as the Rays won their second straight game on the road 5-2 to tie the series at two games apiece, forcing a decisive game 5 back at Tropicana Field. The Rays stormed out to a 5-0 lead off Texas starter Tommy Hunter behind RBI doubles by Carlos Pena and BJ Upton and then a two-run blast off the bat of Evan Longoria, his first of the postseason. Wade Davis limited the Rangers to two runs through 5.0 innings of work to pick up the win while the Rays bullpen tossed a nearly-perfect four innings to close out the game. Nelson Cruz provided the only offense for Texas with a solo home run, his third homer of the series. The road team has won all four games in this series so far with the Rangers leaving home 0-2 in front of fans that have yet to see a postseason series victory. David Price and Cliff Lee will meet again in Tampa Bay on Tuesday for the winner-take-all game.

Game 3: Giants 3, Braves 2
Poor Brooks Conrad. The Braves second baseman made three costly errors in Game 3 at Turner Field, the last one being the difference as the Giants rallied to defeat the Braves 3-2 to take a two-games-to-one series lead. With the Giants leading 1-0 on another brilliant pitching performance, this time by Jonathan Sanchez, Eric Hinske hit a clutch, pinch-hit two-run homer in the eighth inning off reliever Sergio Romo to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Giants were not done yet though as Aubrey Huff singled in the tying run with one out in the ninth, but Buster Posey reached on a fielding error by Conrad, his third of the game and fourth of the series, to allow the winning run to score. Brian Wilson mowed down the Braves in the bottom of the inning to hand the Giants the tight victory. Conrad’s fielding error in the second inning allowed the Giants first run to score as well. The Giants and Braves will face off in Atlanta for Game 4 Monday with a chance for the Giants to close out the series on the road.

Game 3: Phillies 2, Reds 0 (Phillies win series 3-games-to-0)
If you somehow didn’t think this series was already over after Halladay’s no-hitter in Game 1 and the Reds collapse in Game 2, Cole Hamels ended it quickly Sunday night as he fired a complete game shutout to give the Phillies a three-game sweep of Cincinnati. Hamels allowed just five hits through 9.0 innings of work with nine strikeouts and no walks. The Phillies opened the scoring with a run off a Reds error, go figure, and Chase Utley hit his first home run of the postseason to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. That was all Hamels needed on the night as he threw 119 pitches. NL MVP candidate Joey Votto went 0-for-4 and hit just .100 in the series. Johnny Cueto suffered the loss for Cincinnati after lasting just 5.0 innings with two runs (one earned) allowed. The end result of this series shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone, the Reds inexperience showed throughout the series and no matter what they tried to do, the Phillies overall were just better at every facet of the game.

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