The Texas Rangers hit four home runs, two by Josh Hamilton, to beat the New York Yankees 10-3 and move within a win of their first trip to the World Series.
Bengie Molina’s three-run home run off A.J. Burnett with two outs in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium erased a 3-2 deficit for the Rangers. Texas added five runs over the last three innings, with Hamilton hitting two solo home runs and Nelson Cruz adding a two-run shot.
The Rangers, who have 15 home runs this postseason, now hold a 3-1 lead in the American League Championship Series. Since baseball’s league championship series went to a best-of-seven format in 1985, 13 of the 17 teams with a 3-1 ALCS lead have reached the World Series.
Game 5 is scheduled for today at Yankee Stadium, where pitcher CC Sabathia will start for the Yankees against the Rangers’ C.J. Wilson. The ALCS would return to Arlington, Texas, for the final two games, if necessary.
The San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 yesterday for a 2-1 lead in the National League Championship Series. Matt Cain allowed two hits over seven innings to send the Phillies to their first postseason shutout since the 1983 World Series.
Game 4 of the NLCS is set for tonight in San Francisco, with Joe Blanton scheduled to start for the Phillies against 21-year-old Giants rookie Madison Bumgarner.