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Cruz Grand Slam gives Rangers 7-3 win

10-11-2011 16:09 BJT

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Nelson Cruz hit the first game-ending grand slam in postseason history, lifting the Texas Rangers over the Detroit Tigers 7-3 in 11 innings Monday for a 2-0 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Cruz doubled early, then hit a tying home run in the seventh inning. His second homer of the game was a high drive to left field off Ryan Perry with nobody out and came after a misplay in the Detroit outfield loaded the bases.

"It was amazing," Cruz said. "First two pitches, I was too aggressive. I hit the ball - foul ball, foul ball. So after that, I told myself just slow down and try to hit a fly ball to the outfield."

Cruz, hit on the wrist by a pitch in the ninth, connected for the fourth grand slam in the playoffs this year. Ryan Roberts and Paul Goldschmidt of Arizona and Robinson Cano of the Yankees also hit them.

The Tigers and Rangers both blew bases-loaded chances in the ninth. Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus made a juggling, over-the-shoulder catch in shallow center field on a flare by Victor Martinez, cradling the ball against his chest to end the inning.

In the Texas ninth, Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera started and ended a double play on Mitch Moreland's sharp grounder. David Murphy hit a flyball to shallow left for the first out, keeping the bases loaded.

Texas relievers combined for 8 1/3 scoreless innings, starting the string shortly after Ryan Raburn's three-run homer off starter Derek

Holland put the Tigers ahead 3-2 in the third.

The Rangers' bullpen has pitched 12 2/3 scoreless innings during the first two games of the series, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out 16.

Game 3 is tonight in Detroit. Colby Lewis, 4-0 in five career postseason starts, pitches for the defending AL champion Rangers against Doug Fister.

Michael Young, the Rangers' career hits leader, snapped an 0-for-15 postseason slide when he led off the 11th with a single off Perry, the fifth Detroit pitcher. Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli followed with singles.

That brought up Cruz, who also homered in Texas' 3-2 victory in the ALCS opener.

After struggling in the first round against Tampa Bay, Cruz is 4 for 7 with three homers, a double and six RBIs in the ALCS.

Instead of the scheduled travel day Monday, the Tigers and Rangers were playing Game 2 that had been postponed Sunday because of a forecast that called for more rain that never came a night after the twice-delayed series opener.

Detroit left 13 runners on base, including five in the first two innings.

"It's been a great two games. It didn't go the right way, obviously," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "They earned it, and we didn't quite get it done. We haven't been able to come up with any big hits."

Mike Adams, the sixth Texas pitcher, worked a scoreless 11th that ended when Cabrera hit a flyball that Josh Hamilton caught on the warning track in front of the Rangers bullpen in right-center. Adams struck out two in his only inning.

Tigers starter Max Scherzer got out of a two-on, no-out jam in the sixth with a 3-2 lead. There was a conversation with Leyland after he got to the dugout, and the right-hander went back out for the seventh.

That was one batter too long.

Cruz led off the inning by pulling a ball down the left-field line that ricocheted high off the pole and that was it for Scherzer.

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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