The Blue Jays walked off with another late win Wednesday night, this time it was a 4-3 win in the ninth inning on Russell Martin’s bases-loaded single to deep right field. Toronto beat the Rangers in the tenth Tuesday on Justin Smoaks’ two-run homer.
Pitching: Colby Lewis held the Blue Jays to three runs on five hits and one walk over seven innings. It’s the second straight start Lewis has gone seven. It’s his fifth quality start in six games. The Blue Jays scored a run in the first and tied it at 3-3 on Edwin Encarnacion’s two-run homer down the left-field line in the sixth. Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a scoreless eighth. Tony Barnette pitched the ninth and the Jays put the winning run in Encarnacion with a lead-off single. Justin Smoak followed with a walk before Barnett got Troy Tulowitzki to pop out.
Hitting: The Rangers scored twice in the first inning after Rougned Odor, Nomar Mazara and Adrian Beltre opened the game with a double and two singles. Odor scored on Beltre’s single to left and Mazara scored on Ian Desmond’s grounder to short. In the second, Elvis Andrus singled and later scored on Odor’s single to right to give Texas a 3-1 lead. Texas had just two singles the final seven innings. The Rangers stranded seven runners.
Notable: The Rangers’ season-opening stretch of having their starter go at least five innings was extended to 28 games, a club record.