B.J. Upton homered twice to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-2 win over the Chicago White Sox today to reach the American League Championship Series.
Upton homered in the first inning and in the third, giving Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead. The Rays stretched it to 4-0 in the fourth when Cliff Floyd hit an RBI double and scored on a Dioner Navarro single.
Andy Sonnanstine allowed three hits and two runs over 5 2/3 innings to pick up the victory. Sonnanstine walked one and struck out four. He and Upton are former Biscuits.
The Rays will play either the Boston Red Sox or Los Angeles Angels in the ALCS, which starts Friday. Tampa Bay will either host Boston or travel to L.A.
Upton is the 65th player to hit more than one home run in a league championship series or division series. He's the fourth this year, joining fellow former Biscuit Evan Longoria , the Angels' Mike Napoli and the Phillips' Pat Burrell.