Rangers ace Wilson roughed up by Tigers in Game 5
LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer
DETROIT (AP)—Cases of celebratory beverages were loaded onto a truck Thursday night outside the Texas Rangers’ clubhouse. The bottles will have to stay on ice for a while.
The Texas lefty was tagged for six runs in another poor postseason start and the Detroit Tigers won 7-5, trimming the Rangers’ edge in the AL championship series to 3-2.
The defending AL champion Rangers missed out on their first opportunity to advance to the World Series for the second time in franchise history. They’ve now got two chances to win one game back on home turf. Derek Holland(notes) will start for Texas against Max Scherzer(notes) in Game 6 on Saturday night.
Wilson was the Rangers’ ace during the regular season, going 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA, but he has lost his touch during the playoffs.
He gave up three home runs for the second time this postseason, and left after six innings trailing 6-2.
Wilson has made the Rangers’ path back to the World Series more difficult and he’s probably cost himself money as a potential free agent this offseason, too.