Toronto Blue Jays narrowly beat Rangers

Toronto Blue Jays managed to outlast the Rangers to win after an overnight trip in Texas. There were two outstanding starting performances, rain and an errant throw during the 12th innings.

Brandon Drury led off the 12th with a single and eventually recorded the game’s only run on Ariel Jurado’s throwing mistake with a smooth ball for a 1-0 victory on Friday evening. The result handed the Rangers their first extra-innings shutout loss at home in over 27 years.

“There’s nothing better than to win an extra-inning game because you get deflated when you lose those extra-inning games after you battle to get to that point,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “It feels perfect for the club to win a game like this.”

The game followed a four-hour trip after getting swept in three by the Los Angeles Angels, then a journey from the West Coast that had the Blue Jays arriving in Texas just before 6 a.m. Friday.

Teoscar Hernandez and Drury had consecutive singles to start the 12th inning off the fifth Texas pitcher. Before Danny Jansen’s two-strike sacrifice blunt hit right toward the mound. Jurado fielded the hit and went for the lead runner. Also, Drury would have likely been out if not for the throw wide of third base.

“It’s wet out there, the ball caught a lot of grass back to him,” manager Chris Woodward said. “You have pressure on you in that situation, and the elements the way they are make it hard to make plays.”

Meanwhile, Elvis Andrus drove a double into the left-centre space on the first pitch thrown in the 10th inning. However, the Rangers left the bases loaded after it started to rain a little.

However, it was raining harder when Rangers centre fielder Delino DeShields made an impressive running catch near the wall on a hit from Rowdy Tellez to end the top of the 11th inning. But, the Rangers stranded two more runners at the end of the inning against Daniel Hudson.

Meanwhile, Ken Giles struck out the side on 13 pitches during the 12th inning. This included slugger Joey Gallo, for his eighth save in nine chances. There were six Jays pitchers to combine on a four-hitter for the team’s first shutout of the MLB season.

Rookie right-hander Trent Thornton limited the Rangers to one hit and struck out five players during seven innings. However, he again got no offensive support in trying to get his first big league win of the campaign. Toronto have only scored five runs over his 35 1/3 innings during seven starts.

The only hit the Rangers got off Thornton was Nomar Mazara’s pop-up to shallow left leading off the fifth. Shortstop Freddy Galvis got turned around, and the ball dropped beyond his glove when he made a final plunge in front of two outfielders. Meanwhile, Mazara was out trying to go to second base when left fielder Hernandez picked up the ball and threw him out.

Also, Rangers starter Mike Minor threw eight scoreless innings with nine strikeouts.

Toronto got two singles in the ninth, including a one-out infield hit by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. But reliever Chris Martin also struck out three.

Meanwhile, Galvis had a two-out double in the eighth inning but was thrown out when trying to score on Grichuk’s single as left fielder Gallo’s throw easily beat him to the plate for the last out.

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