Nomar Mazara’s solo homer in the eighth inning to the deepest part of the Rogers Centre gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead. His arm secured the lead later in the inning by throwing out the potential tying run on a fly ball to cap a double play as the Rangers held on for a 2-1 lead against the Blue Jays Monday night.
Pitching: A.J. Griffin faced three over the minimum through four innings. A lead-off double in the third by Kevin Pillar set up the the Blue Jays’ first run. Pillar moved to third on a groundout and scored on Michael Saunders’ single to right. Griffin left after six innings when his pitched count had reached 107. He allowed one run on three hits and two walks and tied a career high with nine strikeouts. Tony Barnette pitched a scoreless seventh. Sam Dyson pitched the ninth and needed a defensive gem by Nomar Mazara to escape unscathed and hold the Rangers’ 2-1 lead. He walked the lead-off hitter Michael Saunders and had the bases loaded with one out after a single and another walk. Troy Tulowitzki’s fly ball to right field was caught by Mazara who threw home to nail Saunders easily. The tag was reviewed by replay but the call on the field was upheld.
Shawn Tolleson pitched the ninth to earn his ninth save.
Hitting: Brett Nicholas homered to center field in the third to give Texas a 1-0 lead against Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey. Nicholas and Delino DeShields worked consecutive walks with two outs in the fifth but Dickey struck out Rougned Odor to end the inning. The Rangers scored the go-ahead run in the seventh but after a replay review requested by the Blue Jays it was overruled and the run was taken off. Mitch Moreland, who led off the inning with an infield single, trotted home from third on a Odor’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly to deep center. Meanwhile, DeShields tried to go to second after tagging at first and was thrown out for the double play.
Mazara’s solo homer to straight away center to start the eighth gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead.
Notable: Fielder lost his bat during a plate appearance in the sixth inning. His bat ended up behind the Rangers dugout about 10 to 15 rows back from the field. The fan wasn’t allowed to keep the bag. Security took it from the fan, who was unhurt, and returned to Rangers personnel.