Blue Jays sweep Rangers to advance to 2nd straight ALCS
The Toronto Blue Jays finished off a dominating sweep of the American League West champion Texas Rangers in their ALDS series with a 7-6 walk-off victory at Rogers Centre to advance to the American League Championship Series for a second straight year.
Rangers reliever Matt Bush - who threw a career-high 42 pitches in 2 1/3 innings of work - looked like he'd slid his way out of trouble in the 10th inning by inducing a tailor-made double-play ground ball off the bat of Russell Martin. Second baseman Rougned Odor made a bad throw to first base that Mitch Moreland couldn't handle, and Josh Donaldson alertly scampered around third and headed for home. Moreland's throw wasn't close, and Donaldson slid home head first forthe winning run.
Texas manager Jeff Banister challenged the play, claiming that Edwin Encarnacion interfered with Odor while sliding into second base. Crew chief Joe West was on the headset with replay headquarters for several minutes as the Blue Jays celebrated around him, before ruling that there was no interference on the play.
Roberto Osuna, who threw two scoreless innings in relief, recorded the win.
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