ARLINGTON, Texas — Troy Tulowitzki drove in four runs, including a three-run homer for his first hit this postseason, and the Blue Jays avoided elimination in the AL Division Series with a 5-1 win over the Rangers in Game 3 on Sunday night.
The Blue Jays cut their deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-five matchup.
Texas has another chance today to clinch the series at home. If not, a deciding Game 5 will be played Wednesday in Toronto, where the Rangers won the first two games.
Marco Estrada limited the Rangers to one run and five hits over 61/3 innings.
Tulowitzki's two-out homer in the sixth put the Blue Jays up 5-0. That was two innings after he drew a bases-loaded walk.
Texas left-hander Martin Perez, somewhat a surprise pick as the Game 3 starter over veterans Derek Holland and Colby Lewis, gave up four runs and six hits.
Third baseman Adrian Beltre was not in the Rangers' lineup. Manager Jeff Banister said Beltre was improving and still getting treatment for his strained lower back. Beltre strained his back sliding into second base during the opener in Toronto on Thursday and exited early. He sat out Game 2 on Friday and stayed home to rest when the Rangers worked out Saturday.