TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson raced home from second base after second baseman Rougned Odor bounced a double-play relay in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 7-6 to sweep their AL Division Series on Sunday night.
Donaldson led off the 10th with a double into the right-center field gap, and then Matt Bush intentionally walked Edwin Encarnacion.
After Jose Bautista struck out, Russell Martin hit a grounder to shortstop Elvis Andrus, and Andrus tried to start a double play with a feed to Odor at second. Odor short-hopped his throw to first baseman Mitch Moreland and the ball skipped away, allowing Donaldson to dash home and beat Moreland's throw with a dive across the plate.
Toronto is headed to the AL Championship Series after beating Texas in an ALDS for a second straight year and will face the winner of the Cleveland-Boston series. The Indians lead 2-0, with Game 3 scheduled for Monday following a postponement Sunday (see full recap).
Lobaton, Murphy help Nats knot up NLDS with Dodgers
WASHINGTON -- Little-used Jose Lobaton hit a three-run homer, Daniel Murphy drove in two runs, and Washington's bullpen threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings, leading the Nationals past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 Sunday in a rain-postponed Game 2 to even their NL Division Series at 1-all.
Lobaton -- a backup catcher playing because Wilson Ramos tore a knee ligament in September -- connected with a curveball from Rich Hill in the fourth inning. Murphy went 3 for 3, with RBI singles in the fifth and seventh.
The Dodgers had led 2-0 on Corey Seager's first-inning homer and Josh Reddick's run-scoring hit in the third off Tanner Roark, who lasted 4 1/3 innings.
Five Nationals relievers did the rest, with Mark Melancon pitching the ninth to earn the save.
The best-of-five series shifts to LA for Game 3 on Monday (see full recap).
Indians-Red Sox Game 3 rained out, will be made up Monday
BOSTON -- Rain washed out Sunday's Game 3 of the Major League Baseball Division Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox.
The game was called off long before the gates had opened or the starting pitchers had begun to warm up and will be made up on Monday.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said he would stick with pitcher Clay Buchholz for Game 3 but wouldn't commit beyond that. Boston reliever Brad Ziegler said the team was "completely confident" with Buchholz on the mound and the season on the line.
"He's been throwing the ball great coming down the stretch and he's got World Series experience. He's got playoff experience," Ziegler said. "And if nothing else, maybe the day of rain gives everybody else a day of rest and gives us a chance to bring those guys back."
The Indians won Games 1 and 2 at home, beating Boston's two best pitchers and setting the stage for a sweep at Fenway on Sunday. The rainout pushes that back one day -- at least -- and could extend David Ortiz's career for another day as well.
Josh Tomlin will start for the Indians in Game 3, making his postseason debut, while Cleveland manager Terry Francona said the Indians rotation is likely to stay the same for Games 4 and 5, if necessary.