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"We had our hearts set on winning the World Series," Crawford said, "so to lose in the first round is definitely disappointing."
Lee, meanwhile, delivered exactly what the Rangers have been expecting since they acquired him in a six-player trade.
The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner allowed five hits in the series opener and beat Price 5-1. He struck out Carlos Pena six of the seven times he faced the Tampa Bay slugger in the series and finished with an AL division series-record 21 Ks in two games.
"We got him to help us win ballgames. We also got him to do what he did tonight," Washington said. "But he can't do it by himself, and the guys backed him up."
The Rangers gave Lee an early lead, catching the Rays napping after Andrus led off the game with a single and stole second base. Price coaxed Hamilton into hitting a grounder to first base, and Andrus -- running on the pitch -- scored from second base when Pena flipped the ball to Price covering the bag and the pitcher didn't turn to check on Andrus in time.
Texas remained aggressive on the bases. The slow-footed Molina stole second on a full-count pitch in the third, his first steal since Sept. 9, 2006, with Toronto.
In the fourth, Nelson Cruz doubled off the wall in the deepest part of the ballpark, narrowly missing his fourth homer of the series. He put the Rangers ahead 2-1 when he brazenly stole third -- with two outs -- and continued home on a throwing error by catcher Kelly Shoppach.
An alert play by Guerrero gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead in the sixth.
With runners at first and second and one out, Kinsler hit a grounder to Pena. The first baseman fielded the ball and threw to second for a force out, but the relay throw to Price covering first was not in time for an inning-ending double play.
Guerrero took off for home, surprising Price, who looked at the umpire for a call before throwing a bit wide toward the plate. Guerrero slid across headfirst to avoid the tag by Shoppach.
"Those kind of things ... you don't see them very often, much less three times in one game," Lee said. "A lot of credit goes to our guys for continuing to hustle and not giving up."
The reward is a chance to play for the AL pennant.
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