Blue Jays relievers hold off Rangers' comeback

Toronto Blue Jays' Darwin Barney and Ryan Goins, right, celebrate Barney's two-run home run that scored Goins during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Arlington, Texas.

The Blue Jays sweated out (literally) a 7-5 victory over the Texas Rangers at steamy Globe Life Park on Wednesday night.

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez throws to the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. Gomez added another homer, a two-run shot, in the eighth to finish with five RBIs.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Carlos Gomez homered twice to drive in five runs and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-4 on Thursday for a split of the four-game series. He missed six weeks earlier this season because of a calf injury, returning from the disabled list most recently on May 25th.

Right-hander Marcus Stroman (7-3, 3.15 ERA) takes the ball in the final game of the series Thursday. He tested it out in pregame warmups on Friday is ready to play versus the Kansas City Royals, batting third. The Rangers might want to hit him higher in the order to capitalize on this. The left-hander also gave up a solo home run in the fifth before being pulled.

"When he's locked in, he's extremely challenging, he's a true professional hitter with a ton of power", manager Jeff Banister said.

The Blue Jays (35-37), who beat Texas in the AL Division Series each of the past two seasons, lost for the ninth straight time when they had a chance to reach.500 for the first time this season.

Blue Jays: The Blue Jays are 0-8 when attempting to even their record, including a 6-1 loss Tuesday night, and have been outscored 62-20 in those defeats.

For the ninth time this season, Toronto attempted to reach the.500 level and failed. "If it was a team that never won big games and hadn't experienced it, I'd look at it differently".

Russell Martin started at third in place of the injured Josh Donaldson and made a nice play to get Andrus out at home in the third, preventing a fourth run. The lefty gave up nine hits, at least one in each inning, with three strikeouts, two walks and a hit batter.

The Jays led 6-0 after the first inning and 7-0 following the top of the third, but the Rangers kept chipping away at the lead. Brewers starter Chase Anderson (6-2) went six innings and allowed two runs on two hits while striking out seven.

"In baseball, unless you're playing.500 ball, you're probably not going to go anywhere", said Jays manager John Gibbons when asked about the milestone. Just didn't have a good feel for my sinker and all of my other pitches kind of play off that. "I'll make a few adjustments".

  • Julie Sanders