Rangers lead series 3-1 over Detroit.
Wednesday's game was delayed once again by rain for over 2 hours, but the game eventually began in Detroit with the Rangers defeating the Tigers 11-7 in 11 innings. With the win, the Rangers are one game away from plaing in the World Series.
Back to last night. Matt Harrison gets the game 4 start for the Texas Rangers and Rick Porcello starts for the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers would strike first in the 3rd inning. Miguel Cabrera pounded a 2 RBI double to give the Tigers the early 2-0 advantage. Porcello throws 5 scoreless innings but in the 6th inning, Ian Kinsler doubles in Austin Murphy to cut the Detroit lead 2-1. Later in the inning, Elvis Andrus singled in a run to tie the game 2-2. With two outs in the inning, the Rangers would take their first lead with a two out single by Michael Young to take the 3-2 lead. The Tigers waisted no time cutting the lead as Brandon Inge smashed a home run and tied the game at 3-3, which would be the last run for both teams until the 11th inning. In the top of the 11th, Mike Napoli silenced the Detroit crowd with a RBI single that brought Josh Hamilton home to take a 4-3. If things couldn't get worse for the Tigers, Nelson Cruz takes one deep over the fence with two men on. Cruz was the player of the game with his 3 run homerun to give the Rangers a 4 run lead. Detroit couldn't manage anything in the bottom half of the inning and now they find themselves down 3 games to 1.
Matt Harrison and Rick Porcello both end up with a no decision. Harrison went 5 innings and only gave up 2 earned runs and Porcello went 6.2 innings, giving up 2 earned runs also. The Tigers sent in the best reliever in baseball, Jose Valverde. He was 49 for 49 on saves this season. He has struggled in the postseason though and did again last night. Valverde pitched 1.1 innings and gave up the 4 earned runs in the 11th. Scott Feldman pitched a scoreless 11th for the Rangers to earn the win.
The Rangers are now up 3-1 and more then likely on their way to the World Series. Unless Detroit can pull off 3 straight wins, which include 2 games at Texas, they are done for the season. They send their ace Justin Verlander to the mound tonight, but he too has struggled. C.J. Wilson will start for the Rangers. No matter what, the Tigers have to win. If not, The Rangers will play the Milwaukee/St. Louis winner in the world series.