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Rangers Beat Tampa Bay 4-3, Take a 2-1 Series Lead

The Texas Rangers have bounced back after being rocked by Tampa Bay in Game 1 to take a 2-1 series lead, and now has a chance to close things out at home and move onto the American League Championship Series for the second year in a row.

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A 4 run 7th inning helped propel the Texas Rangers to a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in game 3 of their American League Division Series match up.  The Rangers now have a chance to eliminate the Rays and move on.

Colby Lewis was able to out pitch all star pitcher David Price over 6 innings.  Lewis allowed just one hit, it just happened to be a home run by Desmond Jennings.  Jennings would homer again in the 8th inning off Mike Adams, but it wasn’t enough to get Price out of trouble.  Price allowed 3 runs on 7 hits in his 6 innings.  JP Howell would come in to relieve, and give up the 4th run by the Rangers, but the damage had already been done.

Mike Napoli would homer off price in the 7th inning.  Napoli was 2-3 on the night and so was Craig Gentry.  Josh Hamilton was 1-4 with 2 RBIs while Elvis Andrus was 2-4 at the plate.  The Rangers bats continue to get the job done.

Texas has a chance to move on with an elimination of Tampa Bay in game 4 this afternoon at 2pm from Texas.  It would be the Rangers second ALCS appearance in the last 2 years.

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