Other Sports Three Takeaways from Blue Jays sweep against Rangers

A 7-6 win in 10 innings gave the Toronto Blue Jays their first postseason sweep in franchise history against the Texas Rangers.

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The Toronto Blue Jays are heading back to the American League Championship Series after completing a clean sweep against the Texas Rangers with a thrilling 7-6 win in 10 innings on Sunday.

Toronto had a boisterous home crowd on their feet with a couple of early home runs, but they ultimately won the game on a Rougned Odor throwing error after Russell Martin hit a ground ball to Elvis Andrus - the first time in MLB postseason history that a series ended via a walk-off mistake.

 

ENCARNACION SOARS TO BLUE JAYS HISTORY

There was a lot of talk before this game began about young starter Aaron Sanchez, who enjoyed a great regular season, but Josh Donaldson and company proved that their bats can do all the work.

Edwin Encarnacion became the first player in Blue Jays history to hit three home runs in the team's first four games of a postseason when he blasted a 412-foot shot in the first inning. Donaldson also produced by collecting three hits with two runs scored and an RBI.

Toronto has a litany of talent at their disposal with Martin, Jose Bautista, Troy Tulowitzki and Melvin Upton Jr. also producing at key times during the season. They will be tough to beat as October rolls on.

 

COLBY LEWIS IN OVER HIS HEAD

Though Lewis wasn't charged with the loss, he predictably struggled from the off. Lewis had an ERA over 6.00 for the first two innings of games during the regular season, and he gave up five earned runs in just two-plus innings on Sunday.

The veteran starter has dealt with a number of severe injuries throughout his career, so it was an impressive feat to even be out on the mound. However, he had little chance against a hungry line-up looking to pounce.

Texas will need to revamp their starting rotation in the offseason.

 

FANS GET A THANKSGIVING TREAT

Locked in a brutal four-team battle not only to win the division, but to barely scrape their way into the postseason, the Blue Jays have been in a season-long scrap. For a time in August, they looked like they might be the odd ones out.

Yet not only did they make the playoffs, they fought off a feisty Baltimore Orioles team in the wild-card game, then completed their first postseason sweep in franchise history - all on the day before Canadian Thanksgiving.

After the game, the Blue Jays stuck around to acknowledge their fans. That sort of mentality has helped this team come together to play some of their best baseball at the right time.

 

DYNAMIC DONALDSON

Josh Donaldson is known as "Bringer of Rain" for his hitting prowess, but he executed one of the best plays a third baseman can make on Sunday:

LYING IN WAIT

The Blue Jays (4-0) will face either the Cleveland Indians (2-0) or the Boston Red Sox (0-2) in the American League Championship Series.

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