The Toronto Blue Jays emerged victorious in a decidedly offensive duel at Globe Life Field on Saturday, beating the Texas Rangers 11-7.
The Jays advanced to victory in the third inning. Santiago Espinal and Bo Bichette both scored a one-point brace, but it was Raimel Tapia’s long three-point ball that propelled the visitors forward.
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Receiver Danny Jansen also startled the Angels’ gunners. He had four shots to the safer point — including a two-run long ball — in five shots.
Right at the start of the game, Canada’s only major league baseball team announced its intentions by scoring four runs thanks to goals from Alejandro Kirk and Espinal.
Adolis Garcia, on the other hand, stretched out his arms on the trails with two teammates to close the gap to one point. Later, Sam Huff also hit a long ball while Bubba Thompson and ex-Jays Marcus Semien each added a run.
On the hosts’ mound, Kosei Arihara (1-3) was simply humiliated. He allowed 11 earned carries, 12 hits and five free passes in just three innings.
Meanwhile, Kevin Gausman (12-9) was capable of being both good and bad, playing nine strikeouts in five and a third innings but allowing five runs and eight hits. Tim Mayza signed his first save of the campaign.
Rangers will look to avoid Sunday’s sweep.
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