R.A. Dickey held the Texas Rangers scoreless on three singles over eight innings as the Toronto Blue Jays won the opener of a three-game series 5-0 Friday at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: Martin Perez allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings. The Blue Jays scored an unearned run in the sixth after Jose Bautista singled and Edwin Encarnacion reached on a fielding error by Elvis Andrus. Bautista scored on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice groundout by Troy Tulowitzki. The Rangers tried to turn a double play but Tulowitzki beat it out. Toronto added another run in the seventh when Darwin Barney led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch from Sam Dyson. The Jays scored three more in the eighth against Tom Wilhelmson on homers from Encarnacion and Tulowitzki to make it 5-0.
Matt Bush made his major league debut in the ninth inning. He retired the side, striking out Josh Donaldson and forcing pop outs to Bautista and Encarnacion.
Hitting: The Rangers were held to three singles, including a bunt to lead off the first inning from Rougned Odor. Dickey allowed singles to Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre in the second and fourth but retired 14 straight between the fourth and eighth innings. Mitch Moreland walked in the second inning and moved to second base on Andrus’ single but no other Ranger reached second in the game.
Notable: Andrus’ single in the second was his first-career hit against Dickey. He was 0 for 12 prior to the hit ... 40,344 was the paid attendance.