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Pair of Rangers' leads quickly erased in Game 3

Moreland's sixth-inning double had Texas thinking ahead to Game 4
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TORONTO -- The Texas Rangers had two leads in three games in the American League Division Series -- one that lasted about 10 minutes, and the other that ended up with, time-wise, about the same level of staying power.

The Rangers were swept by the Blue Jays in Game 3 on Sunday night, but offensively in that deciding contest, they performed better than they did in the first two. Though Toronto got off to a roaring start, scoring five runs in the first three frames, Texas didn't let up, and it caught up, before taking an eventual 7-6 loss in 10 innings.

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TORONTO -- The Texas Rangers had two leads in three games in the American League Division Series -- one that lasted about 10 minutes, and the other that ended up with, time-wise, about the same level of staying power.

The Rangers were swept by the Blue Jays in Game 3 on Sunday night, but offensively in that deciding contest, they performed better than they did in the first two. Though Toronto got off to a roaring start, scoring five runs in the first three frames, Texas didn't let up, and it caught up, before taking an eventual 7-6 loss in 10 innings.

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Mitch Moreland gave the Rangers their last lead of the game when he launched a two-run double off Joe Biagini in the top of the sixth inning that was just out of the reach of a diving Kevin Pillar, putting Texas ahead, 6-5.

"It's never fun to end it," Moreland said. "Just a tough way to go out, but we played hard, we left everything we had on the field. Honestly, I can say if you look around, everybody that was on the field and the dugout tonight that had a Texas Rangers uniform on gave it everything they had. That's something to be proud of."

A Jonathan Lucroy passed ball in the bottom of the frame, however, knotted the game at 6, a score that would hold up until the 10th, when the Blue Jays walked off with the victory.

Video: TEX@TOR Gm3: Moreland on falling short in ALDS

"Today we had a chance to win," Lucroy said. "We were up by one. We let some balls get away from us. They were just hot and they had a lot of momentum. We just made some mistakes. They took advantage of them, and that's what we got."

Carlos Gomez led off the game with a walk and eventually scored on a Carlos Beltran groundout. The lead was short-lived -- Toronto scored three in the bottom of the frame, behind home runs by Edwin Encarnacion and Russell Martin.

Video: TEX@TOR Gm3: Rangers score run without a hit in 1st

"Offensively, we didn't really click in these three games," Adrian Beltre said. "The only guy that was hitting was [Elvis Andrus]. Besides that, we didn't really contribute offensively. The pitching staff struggled a little bit. The bullpen was pretty solid. That's about it. We didn't do enough to win ballgames."

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter.

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