Michael Young's three-run home run off Chad Qualls highlighted a four-run fifth inning for the Texas Rangers, who defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-0 Thursday in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
The Rangers lead the best-of-five series 2-0 as the teams head to Texas for Saturday's Game 3.
Young's blast to center field came one pitch after a controversial check swing on a 2-2 count that first-base umpire Jerry Meals called a ball following an appeal. Rays manager Joe Maddon was ejected by home plate umpire Jim Wolf for arguing the call after he went to the mound to remove Qualls.
Qualls had replaced starter James Shields, who was charged with four runs on four hits and two hit batsmen in 4-1/3 innings. Shields allowed a solo home run to Ian Kinsler in the fourth.
One day after being handcuffed by Rangers ace Cliff Lee in a 5-1 loss, the Rays managed just two hits off left-hander C.J. Wilson and two relievers.
Tampa Bay threatened in the seventh, as Ben Zobrist walked and Willy Aybar doubled to put runners at second and third with no outs. But Kelly Shoppach and Matt Joyce struck out, and, after a walk to Dan Johnson, Jason Bartlett flied to center to end the inning.