The Rangers took the lead in the first and added three big insurance runs in the seventh to hold on 4-1 against the Toronto Blue Jays in the series finale Thursday afternoon at Globe Life Park. The win snapped Toronto’s five-game win streak.
Pitching: Yovani Gallardo held the Blue Jays to three hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings before leaving in the sixth. Keone Kela replaced him with one out and one on. He walked the first batter he faced, Jose Bautista (his sixth in the past two games), and a double steal gave Toronto runners at second and third with one out. Kela struck out Edwin Encarnacion and Dioner Navarro to end the threat and preserve the 1-0 lead. In the seventh, Jake Diekman was replaced by Sam Dyson after Toronto loaded the bases with one out. Dyson forced Troy Tulowitzki into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play to get out of the jam. Dyson stayed in for the eighth and allowed a couple hits, including a run-scoring double by Encarnacion that got past Delino DeShields in center to pull the Jays to within 4-1. Shawn Tolleson pitched the ninth and earned his 26th save.
Hitting: Texas took a 1 -0 lead in the first after Delino DeShields led off with a walk and later scored after Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland singles. Toronto starter Marco Estrada held the Rangers to two more hits over the next five innings. He was replaced by Hendricks in the seventh and Texas pounced. He faced six batters and all six singled, including a three-run single to right by Delino DeShields which skipped under Bautista’s glove and rolled to the right-field wall. That allowed DeShields to come all the way around to score.
Notable: Gallardo earned his 100th-career win ... With their 65th win, the Rangers are two wins from matching last year’s total ... Shin-Soo Choo has reached safely in all 31 games since the All-Star break, including a single in the seventh ... the paid attendance of 17,884 is the 19th game the Rangers have announced a crowd of less than 20,000 this season ... DeShields was on base a career-high five times (two singles, three walks) ... he’s the first Rangers player to reach five or more times in a game since Fielder and Choo did it on May 4, 2014 in Anaheim ... Blue Jays reliever LaTroy Hawkins made his 1,035th career appearance, tying Trevor Hoffman for 10th all-time ... all nine Rangers starters had hits for the fifth time in 2015 ... Texas made three double plays and lead the American League with 131 and third-most in the majors.
Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760