Facing elimination, the Blue Jays pushed across single runs in the third and fourth inning against Rangers starter Martin Perez. In the sixth, Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was able to take a lot of pressure off of his team, breaking the game wide open when he slugged a three-run home run to left field off of Chi Chi Gonzalez.
Gonzalez induced a 3-2-3 double play with the bases loaded and no outs against Chris Colabello, revealing light at the end of a torturous tunnel. Tulowitzki, however, made sure he didn’t escape unscathed. Tulowitzki drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth inning. Leading up to his home run, he had been held hitless in 11 playoff at-bats.
Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada has held the Rangers scoreless through five innings, limiting them to two hits while striking out four and issuing zero walks.
Update (9:39 PM EDT): Utley plans to appeal, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Per Major League Baseball’s Communications Department on Twitter, Dodgers reserve second baseman Chase Utley has been suspended for Games 3 and 4 of the NLDS for his “illegal” takeout slide during Game 2 of the NLDS, which resulted in a fractured fibula for Mets infielder Ruben Tejada.
Here’s the full statement:
It’s not known yet if Utley plans to appeal the decision. He would be eligible to play until the appeals process reaches completion. If the two-game suspension holds up, the Dodgers would play a man short.
Per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley apologized for his takeout slide during Game 2 of the NLDS which resulted in a fractured fibula for Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. He reached out to Tejada through teammate and third baseman David Wright.
What appeared to be either a home run or a deep fly out turned out to be a long single for Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus in the bottom of the eighth inning on Sunday in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Royals.
With a runner on first base and no outs, Rasmus swatted a Luke Hochevar fastball to right field. Royals right fielder Alex Rios camped just in front of the warning track, then trotted in as the ball clanked off of the stadium roof. According to Minute Maid Park ground rules, if a ball strikes the roof while it is in fair territory, it is considered in play and fair. Had a Royals fielder been able to catch the ball, Rasmus could have been retired for an out. If the ball had struck the roof in foul territory, the ball would have been declared dead.
Ultimately, the weird occurrence didn’t lead to any run-scoring, as Hochever was able to retire the next three Astro hitters he faced to escape the inning.
Rasmus finished 1-for-1 with three walks in the game. He’s batting .500 with three home runs, a double, six walks, and five RBI in 16 plate appearances in the post-season thus far.
Dallas Keuchel tossed seven innings of one-run ball and Chris Carter provided three hits, powering the Astros to a 4-2 victory over the Royals in Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday evening. The Astros now hold a 2-1 series lead.
The Astros fell behind 1-0 when Keuchel served up a solo home run to Lorenzo Cain in the fourth inning. Carter, however, kickstarted a one-out rally in the fifth against Royals starter Edinson Volquez when he hit a one-out double to left field after Luis Valbuena had drawn a walk. Jason Castro brought both of them home with a ground ball single up the middle, putting the Astros up 2-1.
A two-out RBI single by Carlos Gomez in the sixth pushed the score to 3-1, and Carter provided additional insurance when he slugged a towering solo home run to left field off of Danny Duffy in the seventh. Carter finished 3-for-3, marking the only time this season he’s had three hits in a game.
The Royals had a few opportunities to score, but Keuchel managed to pitch out of trouble repeatedly. He finished having allowed the one run on five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. Volquez was on the hook for three runs on five hits and four walks with eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Reliever Tony Sipp walked a batter before leaving with two outs in the eighth inning. Closer Luke Gregerson was able to notch the final out of the eighth with a ground ball. In the ninth, Alex Gordon led off with a solo home run to left-center, but Gregerson was able to see his way out of the ninth inning without any further damage for the save.
The Astros will attempt to clinch the ALDS at home on Monday at 1:00 PM EDT. Yordano Ventura will start for the Royals against Astros rookie right-hander Lance McCullers.