Toronto Blue Jays 3, Texas Rangers 7

Elvis Andrus had four hits and drove in two runs to help the Texas Rangers avoid a clean sweep in their  7-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday evening.

The victory enabled the Rangers to avoid a three-game sweep after they were outscored 22-4 during the first two games of the series at Rogers Centre.

Rangers’ Kolby Allard picked up the first win of his Texas career. Allard was acquired from the Atlanta Braves on July 30th. Furthermore, he had three runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings.

The young Toronto side lost for only the second time in six games. However, they have won 11 of their last 17.

Blue Jays starter Sean Reid-Foley lasted just 88 pitches and 3 1/3 innings. Texas went 1-0 ahead during the second inning. Nomar Mazara led off with a double to left field and scored on Delino DeShields single to centre.

Meanwhile, Reid-Foley departed down only a run. However, he issued back-to-back walks to Texas third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa and DeShields to begin the fourth.

Santana scored to push Texas ahead 4-0 when Andrus singled to centre off Zack Godley. This was the Blue Jays third pitcher of the game.

Toronto finally joined in on the action in the fourth with a run of their own. Randal Grichuk led off with a triple to right field and scored on Brandon Drury’s fielder’s choice grounder to Andrus.

Andrus continued his solid outing with a double to right field during the sixth inning, where Santana scored. He reached base on a fielder’s choice, for a 5-1 lead.

Toronto scored twice during the sixth. Teoscar Hernandez walked to start the frame. His advance moved to third on Rowdy Tellez’s single to right field and scored on a wild pitch. Meanwhile, Tellez scored on catcher Danny Jansen’s single to left field.

Blue Jays rookie Bo Bichette kept the inning going with a double underneath the glove of Rangers first baseman Santana. However, Jansen and Bichette were left stranded at second and third base when Cavan Biggio was struck out to end the comeback.

That means the end to Bichette’s excellent start, where had an ongoing streak of 17 distinguished. However, that achievement matches Bill Russell (Los Angeles Dodgers, 1969) for the second-longest streak to start a MLB career.

Peace,

Burke.

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