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A pair of Rangers runners scored from second base on infield grounders — thanks to heads-up baserunning by Elvis Andrus and Vladimir Guerrero.

It’s the first playoff series victory in the 50-season history of the Washington/Texas franchise.

“It’s something we’re proud of,” slugger Josh Hamilton said. “Hopefully, we can take it to the next level.”

Back in the clubhouse, the first round of celebrating was with ginger ale so that Hamilton, who has battled alcohol and drug addiction, could take part. When he left the room, the Rangers brought out champagne.

Lee, the 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner, won the series opener 5-1, allowing five hits and striking out 10 over seven innings. He fanned Rays slugger Carlos Pena six of the seven times he faced him in the series, and finished with an AL division series record 21 Ks in two games.

Texas pitchers struck out 55 in the five games, a record for a division series in either league.

After losing the first two games at Tropicana Field, the Rays rallied to win Games 3 and 4 in Texas to give themselves a chance to join the 1985 Royals, 1986 Mets, 1996 Yankees and 2001 Yankees as the only teams to lose the first two games of a postseason series at home and come back to win the series.

Those 2001 Yankees were the only ones to rally in a best-of-five playoff, bouncing back against Oakland in 2001, when Rangers manager Ron Washington was the Athletics’ third base coach.

For the first time since Tampa Bay’s final four home games of the 2008 postseason, the tarps from the upper deck at Tropicana Field were removed, boosting capacity in the domed stadium by about 5,000 seats — some with obstructed views.

But a sellout crowd of 41,845 was not enough to keep the Rays’ bats from going silent again.

Not with Lee on the mound.

Jason Bartlett had three hits off Lee, but the Rays went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position, with that lone hit being Ben Zobrist’s RBI single that tied it 1-all in the third.

Price, a 19-game winner in his first full season in the majors, allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. The Rangers hurt him with two long home runs in Game 1, but did much of their damage this time on ground balls that forced him to cover first base.

Lee went 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA in five postseason starts for Philadelphia in 2009. He began this season with the Mariners and was acquired by Texas in the hope that he again would make a difference in the playoffs.

Despite the lack of success against Lee in the opener, the Rays were confident going into Game 5. They beat him three times during the regular season and hit the ball hard in Game 1, even though they had just five hits to show for it.

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