Devon Travis's grand slam powers Toronto Blue Jays past Texas Rangers 7

It hasn't been much of a good season for the Blue Jays so far, after 47 games have already taken place during the course of the current campaign.

And sure, you could point to a hundred little things (just read last night's game story for an example) that each made a difference. It just kept tightening more and more, grabbing more and more. Toronto held on to the 6-3 lead and advance to the ALCS. Tulowitzki went 1 for 2 with a single and two walks. Jeremy Jeffress replaced Austin Bibens-Dirkx and walked Ezequiel Carrera to load the bases. Rougned Odor's grounder between first and second was fielded by shifted shortstop Ryan Goins, who shoveled the ball straight from his glove to first.

Travis singled and Bautista homered to left on the first to pitch to put the Blue Jays ahead. Jays reliever Ryan Tepera pitched 0.2 innings and has not allowed a run over his last 19 innings - the longest active streak among Major League Baseball relievers. Rangers' DH Nomar Mazara hit a routine fly ball to Goins, who dropped it. Goins then tossed it to second baseman Devon Travis, who then threw a laser to Justin Smoak at first who tagged a lolly-gagging Mazara out.

Travis quickly eradicated a 1-0 Texas lead in the bottom of the second inning, when he smoked a delectable Griffin offering over the left-field wall with the bases loaded. It scored Smoak, who led off with a walk; Russell Martin, who singled; and Tulowitzki, who walked. "I can't say enough good things about it".

"It's been a long time coming, to be honest with you", Gibbons said, "and like I said earlier, the other guys that have stepped in have really done a great job, but if we're going to do anything, we need [Donaldson and Tulowitzki] to be good". With a day game after a night game today, they'll get the day off, returning to the team on Sunday. Neither Sam Dyson nor the seventh inning have been particularly kind to the Rangers this season, so when Jeff Banister combined the two, it seemed like Lieutenant Dan strapping himself to the mast and screaming at the storm. Odor dove, and though the Rangers would challenge the call, replays would show that the ball beat the runner by a matter of inches. Come so close, battle so valiantly, faceplant so hard on the way to first base.

Donaldson, the 2015 AL MVP, will bat second against Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin.

Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson and SS Troy Tulowitzki did not play, a day after they were activated from the disabled list.

Gibbons said Donaldson and Tulowitzki will not be in the starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's game. Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. was optioned to Triple-A following Wednesday's win at Milwaukee. Donaldson doubled in the first inning. The 31 year old Cleburne native has a 3.88 ERA in 51 innings pitched for AAA Round Rock this season, with 43 Ks, 13 walks and 5 home runs allowed.

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  • Julie Sanders