MLB Predictions: Can the Blue Jays top the Rangers again? 6/22/17

Solenn Plantier
Juin 22, 2017

Ross, making his second start, lasted three innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits. "They made a little run, but our bullpen's been so good".

Ryan Goins drove in three runs for Toronto, including a two-run double in the first that preceded Barney's homer off Tyson Ross (1-1). Blue Jays outfielder Steve Pearce raced back to get under the ball, but played the ball poorly, and it shot off the wall back into the outfield as Pearce slammed into the wall. The run support helped Joe Biagini, who got his second win despite not pitching that well himself.

The Rangers pecked away at the 6-0 deficit with two runs in the third, a run in the fifth and a two more in the sixth, to make it 7-5.

The Rangers' bullpen worked valiantly to keep Toronto in check. The Rangers are listed with odds of +125 to prevail, while the over/under total for the game has been set at 10.5 runs. Texas starter Tyson Ross gave up all seven runs through three innings on seven hits to absorb the loss before four relievers shut down the Blue Jays albeit too late. To add insult to injury, he hit Toronto third base coach Luis Rivera with a foul ball on the next pitch. He lasted just one plus inning, his shortest start ever. "It's fun to watch when this guy is swinging the bat well".

"I was up in the zone and falling behind hitters", said Ross, who made his first start for the Rangers last Friday. I had a long delay (because of offseason shoulder surgery), but I came out the last outing and was effective.

Another big inning came Wednesday night at at Globe Life Park, but this time it wasn't the Texas Rangers' bats' doing the damage.

Blue Jays: Pearce, who was 3 for 3 at the plate, was replaced in left field to start the sixth. The Jays managed just six hits against Texas pitchers, two by Kendrys Morales.

"As soon as it hit the wall and he went down, I thought I might have a chance at scoring. You know what I mean?", said manager John Gibbons when asked about Liriano's problems in the first. It was pretty exciting. The Rangers had nine hits, as Gallo went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles in addition to the homer. The inside-the-park homer by Gallo was the eighth in Globe Life Park history and the first by a Texas player since Ryan Rua had one in 2015.

NOTES: Toronto LF Steve Pearce left the game in the bottom of the fifth with a right knee contusion after hitting the wall on Joey Gallo's inside-the-park homer. But as he ran over to cover first, Campos pulled up and was taken out of the game with a strained right groin.

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