ARLINGTON, Texas – Danny Jansen Homered and hit a career high with four hits Santiago Spinal tied his career highs with three hits and three RBIs, and Raimel Tapia hit a three-run homer as Toronto at the bottom of the list led an early onslaught in an 11-7 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
“Janno, Tap, Spee, those guys – I think they’ve been pretty consistent throughout the year in this part of the roster,” said Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider. “When you do it with maximum impact (you also hit). it’s a pretty good mix.”
All 11 runs by the Blue Jays came in the first four innings, which helped Kevin Gausman to his fourth consecutive victory. The Blue Jays are in a season-best 18 games at over .500 and are half a game behind AL wild card leader Tampa Bay.
Gausman (12-9) allowed five runs on two homers – a three-pointer by Adolis Garcia in the first inning and a two-pointer by Sam Huff in the sixth. He went 5 1/3 innings, hitting nine, one short of his season.
Beau Bichette, who had five homers in his previous four games, had three doubles on the opposite field. Bichette is hitting .525 this month with 21 Major hits, six homers and 18 RBIs, hitting successfully in eight of nine games.
“We know he’s good and he’s the best version of Bo we’ve ever seen,” Schneider said.
Bichette said he feels “I’m better at making adjustments… I feel confident.”
Garcia’s home run, which ended the streak 0-of-11, had an exit speed of 113 mph, his career best. He returned to the squad for the first time since Tuesday and, still suffering from a sore glute, was named forward instead of playing in the outfield.
Arihara, who played six seasons in Japan before joining Texas last year, allowed a major league 11 runs on 12 hits and 5 walks.
Rangers interim manager Tony Beasley said he stayed with Arihara longer than he wanted to against a club leading in hitting .261 because Texas would play five games in the next four days.
“For most of the evening, he kept a score that was convenient for the attackers,” Beasley said, “and with this team, it’s not easy to do that.”
The Rangers have lost 12 of their last 13 games, trailing a season-high 20 games under .500.
LAST BIG VICTORY
When Gausman won in Boston on July 11, he quit after five innings and three runs. That’s because the Jays finished 11th in fifth place, extending their lead to 25-3. They won 28-3 in a game in which Tapia and Jansen each had six RBIs.
The Blue Jays have won 14 of their last 16 road games. . Rangers 2B Markus Semyon had two singles to extend their on-base streak to 21 games, the longest active streak in a major tournament. . Toronto OF Teoscar Hernandez (paternity list) was scheduled to return to the team on Saturday night or Sunday and then spend one day on the restricted list.
Rangers: RHP John Gray (left oblique voltage) could make its first start from Aug. 1 during a doubleheader on Monday in Miami.
Rangers LHP Martin Perez (10-6, 2.82 ERA) will start the series finale on Sunday. He was sixth in the AL’s ERA before Saturday, having lost his last two starts, including 1-0 in Houston last Monday. Jace RHP Trevor Richards (3-1, 4.72) will open the game in the bullpen for the second time in nine days.
Wentz (2-2) allowed two hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. It was the third time in five major league starts that a rookie did not score against an opponent.
Buddu’s 448-foot home run in the third opened the scoring, bringing home two runs. Carpenter added a solo shot in the seventh.
“I felt good all night,” Carpenter said.
Outstanding Newcomer Gunnar Henderson hit a homer with two runs in the seventh for Baltimore’s first run of the series. The Tigers thrashed Orioles 11-0 the night before.
Austin Voth (5-3) allowed two runs and six hits in five innings for the Orioles, who lost four of five. Baltimore entered the game after five games behind Seattle in the American League final wild card.
“We’re not the only team to play so many games,” said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde. “I think the league is tired. It’s part of being in the big leagues at the end of September and we have to learn to get over it.”
After Wentz left the game, it was something of an adventure for Detroit. Alex Lange allowed a walk but eliminated Ramon Urias by two points in the final out of sixth. Joe Jimenez allowed Henderson two homer outs and then a single Ryan Mountcastle. Andrew Chafin then came and passed the dough before you hit Adley Rutchman to finish seventh.
“We felt like we were on the heels,” said Tigers manager AJ Hinch. “We were just trying to get to the finish line. We had to use a lot of guys to make it happen.”
Chafin conceded the top spot in the eighth round, but a double play helped him through that inning. Gregory Soto hit a perfect ninth for his 26th save in 28 moments.
The lower part of the Order of Baltimore caused a lot of damage. Jamer Candelario he had four hits in eighth and Baddu had a homer and a double hit behind him.
The Tigers held a press conference in Detroit to introduce Scott Harris, their new president of baseball operations. Harris laid out his vision for the organization, which is centered around three areas. The first two are about acquiring and retaining young players and getting the most out of that talent.
His third theme of emphasis was a little more specific – the strike zone.
“It affects almost every part of our game, so we’re going to start with that. We will start from the impact zone,” he said. “We want to dominate the strike zone on both sides of the ball.”
Detroit ranks 29th in the major leagues in terms of players on base.
Harris said he intends to hire a general manager at some point to join his front office.
Tigers: Miguel Cabrerawho recovered from a bicep injury on Monday, did not play on Tuesday.