ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Bo Bichette went deep once more for the playoff-contending Toronto Blue Jays, who then beat Texas with some small ball late.
Bichette homered for the fifth time within the final 4 video games, however the Blue Jays received the deciding run on Danny Jansen’s RBI single within the ninth inning for a 4-3 win in Texas on Friday night time, when prime Rangers prospect Josh Jung hit a house run in his first profession at-bat.
Raimel Tapia drew a leadoff stroll within the ninth off Jose Leclerc (0-2), then stole second base after Santiago Espinal was unable to get a bunt down. Tapia moved up one other base when Espinal hit a deep flyout earlier than Jansen looped a single into shallow left-center subject.
“An awesome stroll, and stealing second base and the lengthy flyball to maneuver him over to 3rd base, it made my job simpler,” Jansen stated. ‘I simply actually simplified it at that time … simply attempting to get one thing in play.”
The Blue Jays maintained a 4 1/2-game lead over Baltimore. the primary crew beneath the American League’s three wild-card spots, with their sixteenth win in 22 video games. They’ve gained 13 of their final 15 street video games, together with three of 4 in opposition to the Orioles earlier this week.
“Issues which might be a little bit underrated are Jackie’s protection, and Tapia stealing a base there with two strikes to get in scoring place,” Blue Jays interim supervisor John Schneider stated. “So little issues like that basically helped us tonight.”
Texas received even at 3-3 on Corey Seager’s RBI double within the eighth inning, however he didn’t rating as a result of proper fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. made a working catch close to the road of Jonah Heim’s slicing flyball.
Bichette’s twenty third homer was a two-run shot within the third inning that put the Blue Jays up 3-0. He additionally drove in a run with a fielder’s alternative grounder within the first, a ball that third baseman Jung fielded earlier than making a backhanded flip on the run for a forceout at second base.
Tim Mayza (6-0), the fourth Toronto pitcher, received two outs within the eighth earlier than Jordan Romano labored the ninth for his thirty second save in 36 possibilities. With a runner on second, the right-hander Romano struck out Jung and received pinch-hitter Adolis Garcia on an game-ending flyout.
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The one runner allowed by right-hander Ross Stripling the primary two occasions via the Texas lineup was Jung’s homer main off the third.
“I don’t even assume I used to be acutely aware working across the bases. Simply put swing on it,” Jung stated. ”Wanting in my lane, and if a pitch confirmed up there, I used to be swinging. However I didn’t need to be too timid.”
Second baseman Marcus Semien had a two-out double within the sixth off Stripling to increase the longest lively on-base streak within the majors to twenty video games. Seager adopted with an RBI single to snap an 0-for-25 hunch for the All-Star shortstop.
Jung, the the eighth total select of Texas Tech within the 2019 draft, is predicted to complete this season as the first third baseman for the Rangers. He may need earned that chance in spring coaching, however wanted surgical procedure in February to restore a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. He hit six homers in 23 video games at Triple-A Spherical Rock the previous month.
Bichette, who added a triple within the eighth earlier than Brock Burke struck out consecutive batters, had three homers within the second recreation of a doubleheader Monday at Baltimore, then went deep once more Tuesday.
The one different Texas batter to homer in his first MLB at-bat was Jurickson Profar at Cleveland in 2012. … Jung is the seventh participant to make his huge league debut this season for the Rangers. He’s the third participant to take action at third base.
Stripling struck out 4 whereas permitting two runs over six innings in his a centesimal huge league begin — and 2 hundredth recreation total. He threw solely 68 pitches.
THE SKY ABOVE
The retractable roof at Globe Life Subject was open for the primary time since a 3-1 win over Atlanta on April 30. The Rangers had performed 54 residence video games in a row with the roof closed. It was 87 levels at first pitch.
Blue Jays: OF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was positioned on the 10-day injured checklist with a left hamstring pressure. Gurriel was harm when hustling to beat out a double-play grounder of their collection finale at Baltimore.
Rangers: García was out of the beginning lineup for the second recreation in a row. He’s nonetheless sore after coming down awkwardly when leaping on the wall on Jose Altuve’s homer in Houston on Tuesday night time. … .INF/OF Brad Miller was positioned on the 10-day injured checklist with a proper hip pressure, creating a gap roster spot for Jung. Miller hadn’t performed since Aug. 31.
Proper-hander Kevin Gausman (11-9, 3.12 ERA) has gone 3-0 over his previous 4 begins — and the Blue Jays have gained every of these video games. RHP Kohei Arihara (1-2, 5.29) makes his fourth huge league begin since Texas introduced him up from Triple-A Spherical Rock on Aug. 16.
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