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 homer three times as Toronto finished bottom of the standings early on rampage in an 11-7 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
“Janno, Tap, Spee, those people – I think they’ve been pretty consistent all year doing that in that part of the lineup,” said Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider. “When you’re doing it with the top of the order (also hit)… that’s a pretty good combination.”
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 had five own own goals in the previous four games, hit three doubles all in the opposite half. This month, Bichette is hitting 0.525 with 21 professional bests, six home hits and 18 RBIs, safe hits in eight of nine games.
“We know he’s good, and this is the best version of Bo we’ve ever seen,” said Schneider.
Bichette said he feels “as if I’m adjusting better… I feel confident.”
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 interim coach Tony Beasley said he’s been with Arihara longer than he’d like to play the club leading the professional leagues at 0.261 as Texas will play five games over the next four days.
“He threw the ball into assassin-friendly plays for most of the night, and this was a tough team to do that,” said Beasley.
Rangers have lost 12 of their last 13 games, a season-low 20-game drop of less than 0.500.
FINAL BIG WIN!
When Gausman won at Boston on July 11, he left after throwing five innings and allowing three runs. That’s because the Jays took 11 places in the fifth inning, extending their lead to 25-3. They won 28-3 in a game where Tapia and Jansen had six RBIs each.
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.
ROOM OF TRAINER
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. Jays RHP Trevor Richards (3-1, 4.72) will open the bullfight for the second time in nine days.
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