MLB: Blue Jays continue to blow Rays neck with win over Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Danny Jansen, Santiago Espinal and Raimel Tapia reported for the Toronto Blue Jays, who defeated the Texas Rangers 11-7 on Saturday night.

Jansen homered and tied a career high with four hits. Espinal tied two career highs with three hits and three RBIs while Tapia slammed a three-run long ball for the Torontonians.

« Danny, Raimel, Santiago, those three guys, I think they’ve been consistent all year towards the end of the batting order, » Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider said. When you hit that and the top of the formation hits too, it’s a really good mix. »

The Blue Jays’ 11 runs came in the first four innings, helping Kevin Gausman record a fourth straight win.

The Toronto team find themselves 18 games above the .500 mark and they approached a half game of the Tampa Bay Rays and the first place of the teams drafted by the American.

Gausman (12-9) allowed five runs on two homers, a three-run slap from Adolis Garcia in the first inning and a two-run slap from Sam Huff in the sixth. He ruled for five and a third innings, striking out nine opponents.

Bo Bichette, who has hit five long balls in his last four games, hit three doubles to the opposite field. Since the start of September, Bichette has batted .525 with 21 hits, six home runs and 18 RBI, all major major highs.

« We know he’s good and he’s the best version of Bo I’ve seen, » Schneider said.

Bichette mentioned that he felt like he « made better adjustments and felt confident. »

The Blue Jays circled their batting order twice in the first three innings, against Kohei Arihara (1-3). The latter also allowed Jensen’s two-run homer in the fourth. Tim Mayza recorded his first campaign save.

Garcia’s four-goal hit ended an 11-no-hitter streak. He returned to the Rangers roster for the first time on Tuesday and was used as a designated hitter on Saturday.

Arihara, who pitched for six seasons in Japan before joining the Rangers last year, allowed 11 runs, 12 hits and five walks.

Rangers interim manager Tony Beasley said he left Arihara on the mound a bit longer than expected against the team with the best collective batting average in the Majors because the Texas squad will play five games in for the next four days.

« He pitched against hitting counts for the majority of the night, » Beasley said. They are a difficult team to face in these situations. »

The Rangers have lost 12 of their last 13 games and are now 20 games under .500 for the first time this season.

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