Series tied 2-2
Game 3: Rays 6 - Rangers 3
Game 4: Rays 5 - Rangers 2
The Tampa Bay Rays have dodged a major bullet!
Down 0-2 and going on the road, they needed a lifeboat in the worst way.
It looks like Carlos Pena, Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton all chipped in and bought one because they brought it to Texas and their bats were smoking.
We can name their boat-- CLUTCH HITTING.
The Rays went on a tear in the clutch and an 0-2 deficit has now become a 2-2 tie.
In Game 3, Pena came thru big time going 2 for 3 with a home run and 3 RBIs. Carl Crawford was also huge with a 2 for 5 day, including a crucial home run.
In Game 4, Pena, Longoria and Upton hit back-to-back-to-back doubles putting the Rays up 3-0 and they never looked back. Later in the game Longoria hit his first home run of the series and it looks like his bat has come alive.
The clutch hitting coupled with excellent pitching in Games 3 and 4 have enabled the Rays to become only the second team in LDS history to lose the first two games at home and then go on the road and win two. The 2001 New York Yankees also did it against the Oakland A's.
Like the 2001 Yankees, the Rays will go home and hope to wrap up the series.
The Rangers, on the other hand, are hoping NOT to join the A's in this most-unpleasant of clubs.
On to Tropicana Field....