Rangers Beat Tigers For World Series Return

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers crushed the Detroit Tigers 15-5 on Saturday to reach the World Series for the second year in a row by winning the best-of-seven American League Championship Series 4-2.

The Rangers erupted for nine runs in the third inning to overturn a 2-0 deficit and launch a Texas-sized party at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

With former President George W. Bush, a one-time owner of the Major League Baseball club, sitting in the stands next to co-owner and baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, the Rangers sent 14 batters to the plate in a thunderous third as four Detroit pitchers tried to stop the Texas stampede.

The onslaught was keyed by a pair of two-run doubles from Michael Young, who had carried a slumping .158 series average into the game and later added a home run to his batting line.

Texas slugger Nelson Cruz walloped his playoff record-setting sixth home run of the series in the seventh inning and was named ALCS Most Valuable Player.

Solo home runs in the first inning by Miguel Cabrera and in the second inning by Jhonny Peralta lifted Detroit into an early lead against Texas starter Derek Holland.

The advantage was short-lived as the Rangers' bats roared to life in the third against Tigers' starter Max Scherzer, who was followed to the mound by Dan Schlereth, Rick Porcello and Ryan Perry.

Perry retired Adrian Beltre to finally end the third inning barrage.

Texas reliever Scott Feldman got the final out of the fifth inning after Holland had yielded a two-run homer to Austin Jackson. Alexi Ogando followed him to the mound and got credit for the win.

Detroit's Cabrera added his second homer of the game in the eighth.

The Rangers became the first American League team to reach the World Series in consecutive Major League Baseball seasons since the New York Yankees made four straight trips from 1998-2001.

Texas, who lost to San Francisco in last year's World Series, will meet the winner of the NLCS, which the St. Louis Cardinals lead 3-2 over the Brewers. Milwaukee host Game Six on Sunday.

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