Matt Bush blew his third save as the Blue Jays rallied for two runs in the ninth to beat the Rangers 7-6 Monday night at Globe Life Park.
How Rangers pitchers fared: Austin Bibens-Dirkx allowed five runs, including a three-run double by Steve Pearce to cap a four-run fourth by the Jays but came back and retired the top of the order in the fifth. Justin Smoak tied it at 1-1 with a solo homer in the second and Jose Bautista’s solo homer started the scoring in the fourth.
Tanner Scheppers, in his first outing for the Rangers in 2017, loaded the bases with two hits and a walk in the sixth but got a pop out and fly out to strand the runners. Scheppers recorded two outs in the seventh before Dario Alvarez ended the inning with a strikeout of Kendrys Morales. Jose Leclerc pitched a perfect eighth. Matt Bush started the ninth with a 6-5 lead but Ryan Goins’ led off with a bloop double to shallow left and scored on Josh Donaldson’s single to tie it at 6-6. Morales’ single to left gave the Blue Jays a 7-6 lead.
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How Rangers hitters fared: Nomar Mazara homered in the first to give Texas a 1-0 lead against Marco Estrada. In the fourth, Elvis Andrus’ two-out, two-run single through the left side pulled the Rangers to within 5-3. Adrian Beltre followed with a three-run double to the gap in right-center field to give the Rangers a 6-5 lead.
Notables: Beltre’s three-run double in the fourth moved him past Al Kaline for 37th all-time with 1,583 RBIs. It also tied him with Luis Gonzalez at 17th all-time with 596 doubles ... it’s Beltre’s 1,078th extra-base hit, tying him for 23rd all-time with Cal Ripken.