Lee guides Texas to first playoff series win

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Cliff Lee fanned 11 batters in a complete game effort and the Texas Rangers won a postseason set for the first time in franchise history, beating Tampa Bay, 5-1, in the deciding Game 5 of their American League Division Series.

Ian Kinsler had three hits, including a two-run homer, and drove in three runs for the Rangers, who will host the defending World Series champion New York Yankees in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday, one night before the Philadelphia Phillies welcome San Francisco in the opener of the NLCS.

Lee (2-0) allowed six hits, didn’t walk a batter and retired the final nine men he faced, the last of which was a pop-up off the bat of B.J. Upton to shortstop Elvis Andrus to set off a wild celebration. [photogallerylink id=33226 align=right] The Game 1 winner, Lee tied a Division Series record with 21 strikeouts, helping the Rangers become the first team in history to win three road games in any best-of-five series. In fact, this was the first time in baseball postseason history in which the road team won every game.

It was another sparkling performance for Lee, who logged his third career playoff complete game, with two coming last year with the Phillies. The lefty has gone 6-0 in his first seven career postseason starts, with his teams winning all seven of those contests. He’s got a 1.44 ERA in the postseason.

In the playoffs for just the fourth time in their history, the Rangers will try to reverse their postseason curse against the Yankees. Texas’ previous three times in the playoffs ended with defeats to New York. Since winning the opener of the 1996 Division Series, the Rangers have lost nine straight playoff games to the Yankees.

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  1. Carol Kurlbaum says:

    No more Yankee curse….We are no longer the worse…
    As any curse, it will be traversed back to Friday in Arlington….
    OMG WE WON WE WON WE WON WE WON OMG
    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE HAWWWWWWWWWWW
    WE WON WE WON WE WON
    ITS TIME ….OUR TIME…..A NEW CHIME….IN A SMALL RHYME…
    WITH TWO WORDS HEARD
    ITS TIME……………………………. DEL

    1. Trish says:

      WOOOOHOOOO!

  2. Russ B says:

    Way to go Rangers!!! So glad we have Cliff Lee and looking forward to the series vs the yankees. I sure wish I were able to go to a game. Fear the Deer!!!

  3. Jim Goodson says:

    When they talk about long-suffering fans, they’re talking about us. As great as this feels, we really haven’t won anything yet. We split with the Yankees this year, so we know we can play with them. GO RANGERS!!!!!

  4. Bonham says:

    How good for the fans! Way to go rangers.

  5. Red says:

    I told them Rays to not mock the claw. You see what happens when you diss them antlers. Yankees you’re next on the list

  6. Trish says:

    So Gav, you still think those trapped miners is still a hoax?

  7. justin says:

    i will eat my crow. Im sorry lee for bad mouthing you in the preseason. i knew i should have gave you a chance to warm up. you show it now!! pay him his money!!

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