Toronto manager John Gibbons hopes his Blue Jays have some rallies left in them.
The American League East champions lost the first two games of their AL Division Series against the Rangers, meaning Toronto faces elimination in the best-of-five series when Game 3 is held Sunday night in Arlington, Texas.
"We need a big outburst with the bats, score a lot of runs," Gibbons said. "We score in bunches. That's kind of our trademark. … Hopefully we can do it one time, you know, catch our breath a little bit and gain a little confidence, maybe we can hang in this thing."
Lefthander Martin Perez pitches for the Rangers against Toronto's Marco Estrada, who held hitters to a MLB-low .183 batting average after the All-Star break.
The high-scoring Blue Jays are making its first postseason appearance since winning the 1993 World Series, but now they find themselves needing two victories in Texas just to send the series back to Canada for a decisive fifth game.
"We have to keep trusting our teammates and believe in what got us here," third baseman Josh Donaldson said. "We still have an opportunity to win this series."
Toronto will play the rest of the postseason without lefthanded reliever Brett Cecil, who tore a calf muscle in Game 2. He was replaced on the postseason roster by rookie righthander Ryan Tepera.
• Adrian Beltre stayed home Saturday, resting his strained lower back and taking medications. The Rangers still were unsure if their veteran third baseman would be back in the lineup for Game 3 after exiting Game 1 early and missing Game 2.
• Chicago Cubs closer Hector Rondon got stuck in the bullpen bathroom for several minutes during Game 1 of the NL Division Series at St. Louis. Joe Walsh, St. Louis' director of stadium operations, said the latch froze during the latter innings of the Cardinals' 4-0 victory Friday night.
• Dallas Keuchel has been asked why he pitches so well at home so many times that on Saturday, when it was posed yet again, Houston's ace had a little fun with the answer. "Maybe it's the temperature," he said. "I don't know the AC ... set on 71." Keuchel went 15-0 with a 1.46 ERA at Minute Maid Park this season, and he will get the ball when the Astros and Royals resume their Division Series tied 1-1.