After posting AL's best record, Rangers' exit 'hurts'

Abrupt departure from ALDS ends Texas' season

October 9th, 2016

TORONTO -- Texas Rangers third baseman has one goal left in his career, and that is to win the World Series. It's not going to happen this year for Beltre or the Rangers after a 7-6 loss in 10 innings to the Blue Jays in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Sunday night at Rogers Centre.

"For me, it hurts," Beltre said. "I knew we had a good team, and we came up short. We put the work in and had the desire, but we got cold at the worst moment and couldn't find a way to beat them. It's tough to lose three in a row, especially the way we played during the regular season."

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Texas went an AL-best 95-67 during the regular season and would've had home-field advantage through the World Series, but Toronto is advancing to the AL Championship Series after a three-game sweep of the ALDS. The Rangers are headed back to Texas to face a long offseason.

"We go home," manager Jeff Banister said. "It doesn't feel good for us [coaches], it doesn't feel good for those players. I'm just as disappointed as anyone in that clubhouse. It's a challenge, because when you get in these things and you're in a playoff situation, they end so abruptly. There are no real words to ease the feelings at all."

The Rangers' bullpen was magnificent after starter allowed five runs in two-plus innings. Banister pieced it together with six relievers, who got it to extra innings by holding the Blue Jays to one unearned run through seven innings.

"This was disappointing," catcher said. "We didn't play up to our ability this series, bottom line. It's not always the best team that wins, it's the hottest team. And we just got cold at the wrong time."

was especially good out of the bullpen, retiring Toronto in order in the eighth and ninth inning. Banister sent him back out for the 10th against the big bats in the Blue Jays' order, and it didn't work out.

"He came to me early and said, 'Look, I'm strong, I'm ready to go, my arm feels good,'" Banister said.


Bush had not pitched more than two innings all season.

"I felt great," Bush said. "A lot of adrenaline and a lot of excitement. … I felt great."

led off the 10th with a double, the first hit off Texas' bullpen since the sixth inning. was walked intentionally and struck out.

followed with a hard grounder that backhanded in the hole and threw low to for the force at second. Odor fired to first to try to complete the inning-ending double play, but his throw pulled first baseman off the bag. It also short-hopped him. Moreland blocked the ball, but it rolled far enough away for Donaldson to bolt home. Moreland's throw was late and the game was over.

"If I don't keep that ball in front of me, it goes to the wall," Moreland said. "I wanted to keep it in front of me. It just got a few feet away from me. I figured he was going to try it."

That was one of two defensive plays that cost the Rangers. The other was in the sixth inning, after Texas, trailing, 5-2, after three innings, went ahead on Odor's two-run home run in the fourth and Moreland's two-run double in the sixth.

That output gave the Rangers a 6-5 lead, but they couldn't hold it. The Blue Jays loaded the bases with one out in the sixth on a single by off , a double by Melvin Upton Jr. off and an intentional walk to .

came in to pitch and got to pop out. But his first pitch to got away from Lucroy for a passed ball and the tying run scored. Carrera flied out to end the inning.

"It's tough," Lucroy said. "I haven't really watched it. It was just one of those things that was baseball. I tried to knock it down, and it just got away. They were one play better than us."

And the Rangers' season was over.