Sunday, October 31, 2010

Lewis, Moreland Power Rangers to Home Win; Trail Giants, 2-1

Players of the Day for Saturday, October 30, 2010

World Series Game Three: Rangers 4, Giants 2

Colby Lewis (left) pitched in the 8th inning and rookie first baseman Mitch Moreland (right) came through with a three-run homer to lead the Rangers to victory in Game Three of the World Series.

Though entering the game down 2-0 to the Giants, the Rangers were a looser, more confident team on Saturday night at the Ballpark in Arlington where they compiled a 51-30 record during the regular season. Starter Colby Lewis was exceptional until the 7th inning, when he gave up a solo home run to red-hot Cody Ross, who extended his post-season hitting streak to 10 games.

Through six innings, Lewis had allowed just three hits and two walks, good enough for the Rangers to forge a 4-run lead. Moreland pounded a three-run shot to right in the second inning off Giants' starter Jonathan Sanchez, and Josh Hamilton added a solo shot in the 5th.

Lewis continued into the 8th, getting two outs, but giving up another solo homer - this one by center fielder Andres Torres. When he plunked Aubrey Huff, manager Ron Washington replaced him with Darren O'Day, who got the final out of the inning, retiring Buster Posey on a ground ball to short.

Fanning two of the three batters he faced, rookie closer, Neftali Felix, worked a perfect 9th inning for his first post-season save.

Game four offers the Rangers an opportunity to tie up the series at two games apiece, though they'll have to rely on the arm of Tommy Hunter, who has not fared well in the playoffs. Hunter is 0-1 with a 6.11 ERA in two starts, his longest stint lasting only four innings. He'll match up with Madison Bumgarner, who is 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA in three playoff appearances. Game time for the Sunday start is 8:20 pm ET.

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