ALCS Game 2: Rangers 7, Yankees 2
What a response game for the Texas Rangers. After blowing a 5-0 lead the night before, the Rangers responded by taking another big lead and holding onto this time to win 7-2 and even the series at one game apiece. Finally, it’s the first postseason win at home in Rangers history.

Elvis Andrus had two hits and stole home, Ian Kinsler ripped an RBI triple and David Murphy homered to lead Texas to victory. Colby Lewis took the mound for Texas and earned the win with two runs allowed while scattering six hits in 5.2 innings. The difference this time was that the Rangers bullpen held onto the lead. Yankees starter Phil Hughes did not fare much better than Sabathia on Friday as he was hit around for seven runs and 10 hits in just 4.0 innings of work.

The Yankees offense featured another solo bomb by Robinson Cano, who also had a double to continue his tear in the postseason (batting .556, 2 HR, 3 RBI).

It’s hard to not think that the Rangers could be up 2 games to none heading to New York with Cliff Lee on the mound, but I think they will take a split for now with the momentum on their side now after the game two victory. It’s now a five-game series with Lee pitching game one for the Rangers.

NLCS Game 1: Giants 4, Phillies 3
The highly anticipated pitching matchup between Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum ended up being taking over by the Cody Ross show. Ross, who was picked up off on waivers in August by the Giants from the Marlins, homered in his first two at-bats against Halladay to help hand the Giants a comfortable 4-1 lead. Jayson Werth closed the gap to one run again with a two-run homer off Lincecum in the sixth to make it 4-3, but that would be all the scoring in this one.

While neither starter was lights out, the final pitching lines had Lincecum out dueling Doc. Lincecum went 7.0 innings, six hits, three runs, three walks and eight strikeouts for the win while Halladay went 7.0 innings, eight hits, four runs, zero walks and seven strikeouts for the loss. Can anyone say rematch in Game 5 back in San Francisco?

Along with Ross, another Giants midseason pickup Pat Burrell had a nice day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and RBI. Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz also homered for Philadelphia to tie the game 1-1 in the third inning.

Giants closer Brian Wilson worked a four-out save with one hit allowed and four strikeouts. The two teams will meet in Game 2 Sunday night with Roy Oswalt matching up with Jonathan Sanchez on the mound.

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