The Toronto Blue Jays advanced to the American League Championship Series for the first time since 1993 with a big win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night. What seemed like a tight game suddenly turned wild in the top of seventh inning when umps gave the Rangers the tying run because of a bizarre interference call. The Blue Jays protested the call and fans went wild, throwing debris onto the field. However, in the bottom of the seventh, Jose Bautista launched a massive home run, putting the Jays ahead 6-3, after a series of errors put two runners on base. Bautista’s celebratory bat toss following the homer incensed the Rangers, leading to a bench-clearing near-brawl.
Meanwhile, the Kansas City Royals held off the Houston Astros 7-2 on Wednesday to advance to the ALCS for the second consecutive season. Kansas City’s Johnny Cueto threw just 91 pitches to give up two hits, two runs, and strike out eight. The Royals will face the Blue Jays in Game 1 on Friday.