Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers Game Report - May 4, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Blue Jays (5) - Rangers (8) Final
Photo Credit: @BlueJays
Isiah Kiner-Falefa drove in four runs for the Texas Rangers as they topped the Toronto Blue Jays 8-5 Saturday evening.
Thomas Pannone (1-3) struggled in his first start of the season. The 25-year old lefthander lasted just 2. 1/3 innings surrendering seven earned runs on five hits with three walks on 58 pitches.
Eric Sogard was dominant once again in the leadoff spot. He went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, two walks and two RBI. He now boasts a 1.128 OPS in 14 games this season.
Lance Lynn (4-2) lasted six innings in the victory. He allowed five runs on eight hits, walked five and struck out three.
Logan Forsythe went 2-for-3 with a run, a walk and two runs batted in in the victory.
Shawn Kelley posted his second save of the season. The right-hander tossed a flawless ninth to secure the win for Texas.
The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top half of the first inning. Vlad Guerrero Jr. hit a two-out single to left field scoring Justin Smoak from second. It was the first RBI of Vladdy’s career and gave Toronto the early 1-0 lead
The Rangers answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Nomar Mazara launched a no-doubter over the wall in right-centre field. It was his sixth home run of the season and tied the ball game early at 1-1.
Kiner-Falefa gave the Rangers (15-16) their first lead of the game with a one-out three run-triple in the second. After Pannone walked the bases loaded, Kiner-Falefa smacked a liner to the wall in right-centre field, deep enough to clear the bases and give Texas a 4-1 lead.
A single off the bat of Elvis Andrus to left field in the very next at-bat scored Kiner-Falefa from third and extended the Rangers’ lead to 5-1.
Back-to-back hits for the Jays in the top of the third inning put runners in scoring position for Smoak who subsequently hit a sac-fly to deep centre field, deep enough to score Eric Sogard from third base; 5-2.
The runs kept coming for Texas in the third inning. A two-run single from Logan Forsythe and an RBI ground out from Kiner-Falefa pushed the Rangers lead to six runs; 8-2.
The Blue Jays (15-18) cut into the six-run deficit in their half of the fourth inning. Sogard ripped a two-run triple just out of the reach of the diving outfielder Mazara. The hit scored both Billy McKinney and Socrates Brito.
The next hitter Freddy Galvis grounded out to the second baseman Rougned Odor, the hit was enough to score Sogard from third and slice the Texas lead to just three runs; 8-5.
The finale of the three-game series is set for Sunday afternoon. The Blue Jays will send Clay Buchholz (0-1, 4.79 ERA) to the hill to face Drew Smyly (0-2, 7.80 ERA) at Globe Life Park in Arlington.