Toronto Blue Jays 19, Texas Rangers 4
There was a lot of smiles in Toronto on Monday evening, as Brandon Drury hit his first career grand slam. Meanwhile, Justin Smoak had a two-run homer among his three extra-base hits. The result was overwhelming as the Toronto Blue Jays hammered the Texas Rangers 19-4.
Also, Bo Bichette had the first four-hit game of his MLB career. Randal Grichuk had three hits; including a solo homer. The win marks the tenth success for the Jays in their last 15 outings.
Drury also had five RBI. Meanwhile, Smoak and Grichuk each had four.
Toronto responded perfectly after being blanked for the ninth time this season in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to the Yankees. They responded with season-highs in runs and hits against six Rangers pitchers. This included catcher Jeff Mathis, who gave up a two-run home run to Danny Jansen during the eighth inning.
The Blue Jays scored eight runs during the fourth. This was their biggest innings since an eight-run outburst against Seattle on Sept. 20th 2016.
However, Willie Calhoun, Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara hit solo home runs but it was to no avail as Texas lost for the fifth time in six outings. Furthermore, the Rangers were beaten by 11 or more runs for the third time this season.
The Rangers arrived in Toronto on the heels of a 1-0 shutout victory at Milwaukee on Sunday evening. Ariel Jurado pitched around Vladimir Guerrero Jr. double to keep it scoreless during the first. However, Bichette and Drury both hit RBI singles during the second as Toronto immediately overturned Mazara’s solo homer at the top half.
Meanwhile, Jurado allowed career-highs of eight runs and 11 hits over 3 2/3 innings. Meaning, he has won just once in his last eight outings.
Furthermore, Smoak hit a two-run homer during the third, his 19th, before Grichuk followed with a shot to left-field. This was his 21st. It was the 10th time this season that the Blue Jays have hit back-to-back home runs.
Neil Ramirez opened for the Blue Jays and threw seven pitches, all strikes, on a perfect Toronto debut. Brock Stewart took over in the second and pitched 5 1-3 innings, allowing three runs and five hits.