ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Danny Jansen married and peaked his career with four hits, Santiago Espinal finished his career with three hits and three RBIs, and Raimel Tapia hit a triple homer The time when Toronto finished bottom of the standings early on in the air in an 11-7 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
All 11 of the Blue Jays’ runs came in the first four innings, giving Kevin Gausman his fourth straight win. The Blue Jays were a season that saw 18 best-of-five over .500 and was pulled within a half-game by wild card leader AL Tampa Bay.
Gausman (12-9) allowed five runs on two hosts – Adolis Garcia’s triple hit in the first inning and Sam Huff’s double hit in the sixth. He played 5 innings of 1/3, hitting 9 games, one less than the peak of his season.
Bo Bichette, who has had five own goals in his last four games, hit three doubles all in the opposite half.
The Jays defeated about twice in the first three innings against Kohei Arihara (1-3), who also gave up a two-run homer against Jansen in the fourth round. Tim Mayza earns his first save of the season.
Garcia’s home track, which scored 0 to 11, had an exit velocity of 113 mph, equaling the best of his career. He was back in the squad for the first time since Tuesday and, still plagued by aching glutes, he became the designated player instead of playing off the field.
Arihara, who played six seasons in Japan before joining Texas last year, allowed a top-flight 11 runs with 12 hits and five walks.
Rangers have lost 12 of their last 13 games, a season-low 20-game drop of less than 0.500.
The Blue Jays have won 14 of their last 16 road games. … Rangers 2B Marcus Semien had two singles to extend his on-field run to 21 games, the longest run in professional leagues. … Toronto OF Teoscar Hernandez (paternity list) was scheduled to return to the team Saturday or Sunday night, then spend a day on the limited roster.
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Rangers: RHP Jon Gray (left oblique strain) could make his first appearance since August 1 in Monday’s doubles match in Miami.
Rangers Martin Perez Film Festival (10-6, 2.82 ERA) will begin its final series on Sunday. He finished sixth in the AL at the ERA that will take place on Saturday, having lost his last two games, including 1-0 in Houston last Monday. The Blue Jays did not have a starter name before Saturday’s game.
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