Sports Blue Jays homer twice off Hamels in 1st, beat Rangers 7-4

14:57  09 april  2018
14:57  09 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

Martin hits go-ahead homer in Jays' 4-2 win

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Steve Pearce homered on Cole Hamels ' first pitch of the game, Kendrys Morales added a three-run shot in the first inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 7 - 4 on Sunday.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Steve Pearce homered on Cole Hamels ' first pitch of the game, Kendrys Morales added a three-run shot in the first inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 7 - 4 on Sunday.

a group of baseball players on a field: Blue Jays designated hitter, Kendrys Morales, right, is congratulated by Yangervis Solarte, after his three-run home run during the first inning of Sunday's 7-4 win over the Texas Rangers.© Jim Cowsert/Associated Press Blue Jays designated hitter, Kendrys Morales, right, is congratulated by Yangervis Solarte, after his three-run home run during the first inning of Sunday's 7-4 win over the Texas Rangers.

ARLINGTON, Texas - Steve Pearce didn't want to wait around for Cole Hamels' confounding changeup.

So Toronto's leadoff hitter took a big swing at the first pitch he saw: a high fastball in just about a perfect spot for a hitter.

Pearce homered on the first pitch of the game, Kendrys Morales added a three-run shot in the first inning and the Blue Jays beat the Rangers 7-4 on Sunday.

"Just ready to hit, ready to attack him early," Pearce said of his first career leadoff homer . "That was the game plan. You don't want to wait around and let him bury you with that changeup. He's got some good stuff."

Jays use long ball to beat White Sox 14-5

  Jays use long ball to beat White Sox 14-5 Jays use long ball to beat White Sox 14-5Diaz hit a two-run shot in the third inning and Donaldson had a two-run blast in the fourth to help make a winner of Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ.

Pearce, Morales homer against Hamels as Blue Jays beat Rangers 7 - 4 . Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Roberto Osuna, left, and catcher Luke Maile celebrate their win over the Texas Rangers following a baseball game, Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Arlington, Texas.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Steve Pearce didn’t want to wait around for Cole Hamels ’ confounding changeup. So Toronto’s leadoff hitter took a big swing at the first pitch he saw: a high fastball in just about a perfect spot for a hitter.

Jaime Garcia (1-0) won while facing Texas for the first time in the 31-year-old's 176th career start. The left-hander allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings, leaving after Joey Gallo's two-run homer. The 445-foot shot down the line in right was the Texas slugger's third of the season.

After becoming the first Texas pitcher to get the first eight outs on strikeouts in a win at Oakland in his previous start, Hamels (1-2) let four of the first five hitters reach in the left-hander's second straight home loss. The first was on opening day.

Hamels, who started 9-1 each of the past two seasons, gave up seven runs — five earned — and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings with two walks and five strikeouts. He struck out 11 in five innings against the Athletics.

Richard Griffin: Josh Donaldson’s just fine, thank you, and so are the Jays

  Richard Griffin: Josh Donaldson’s just fine, thank you, and so are the Jays The first White Sox hitter of the game, Yoan Moncada, bounced a ball slowly down the third base-line off Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ. Third baseman Josh Donaldson stepped across the line into foul territory, fielded the ball and rifled an accurate throw to Justin Smoak. Although it didn’t count, the crowd of 17,451 at Rogers Centre greeted the foul ball with a nice ovation. And Donaldson proved to himself his arm was fine.Ever since the Jays’ opening-day loss to the Yankees, in which Donaldson made four bouncing, sailing, horrible throws and later admitted he was going through a dead-arm period, the club’s best player had been forced to serve as the designated hitter.

Steve Pearce didn't want to wait around for Cole Hamels ' confounding changeup. Pearce homered on the first pitch of the game, Kendrys Morales added a three-run shot in the first inning and the Blue Jays beat the Rangers 7 - 4 on Sunday. '

ARLINGTON (AP) — Steve Pearce homered on Cole Hamels ’ first pitch of the game, Kendrys Morales added a three-run shot in the first inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 7 - 4 on Sunday.

Pearce's drive soared well above the 14-foot wall in left field, just inside the foul pole. After Josh Donaldson struck out, Justin Smoak and Yangervis Solarte singled. Morales' liner to the opposite field went into the Texas bullpen in right-centre for the switch-hitter's first of the season.

"Something where you just have to be able to execute early," Hamels said. "The first game of the season, very similar situation. So I think that's going to be a lot more of my focus, as we go out, is really trying to execute from the very first pitch."

With the bases loaded and the Blue Jays leading 7-3 in the seventh, Ryan Tepera struck out Adrian Beltre and got Gallo on an inning-ending popout .

Robert Osuna retired four straight for his fourth save after hitting Rougned Odor with a pitch to load the bases in the eighth.

"We had to burn through our bullpen pretty good," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "You never like to do that this time of year so you won't see that often probably. But he shut it down."

Martin homers, Estrada solid as Blue Jays beat Rangers 8-5

  Martin homers, Estrada solid as Blue Jays beat Rangers 8-5 Martin homers, Estrada solid as Blue Jays beat Rangers 8-5Martin's drive to left field for an 8-0 lead in the sixth came right after Yangervis Solarte connected on a solo shot . It was the second homer of the season for both in a game delayed 36 minutes at the start by rain.

blue jays beat rangers .Steve Pearce didn't want to wait around for Cole Hamels ' confounding “Just ready to hit, ready to attack him early,” Pearce said of his first career leadoff homer . “That was the game plan. You don’t want to wait around and let him bury you with that changeup.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Steve Pearce didn’t want to wait around for Cole Hamels ‘ confounding changeup. So Toronto’s leadoff hitter took a big swing at the first pitch he saw: a high fastball in just about a perfect spot for a hitter.

BARTOLO IN THE BULLPEN

Texas' Bartolo Colon struck out four straight during two scoreless innings in his first relief appearance since 2016 with the New York Mets. The 44-year-old right-hander started the fifth game for the Rangers before Martin Perez came off the disabled list to join the rotation.

It was the 10th relief appearance compared to 529 starts for Colon, who is in his 21st season.

"He's a valuable part of what we're doing, whether it's in the bullpen or the starting rotation," manager Jeff Banister said. "We'll continue to look at it daily."

STROLLING SOLARTE

Solarte walked twice to give him six in the three-game series. He reached in all four plate appearances Sunday, including a pair of singles, and nine out of 12 times in the series.

SHORT HOPS

Beltre's double in the sixth inning was his 1,117th extra-base hit, tying him with Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx for 18th on the career list. ... The other run-scoring hits for Toronto were singles from Curtis Granderson and Kevin Pillar and a double by Luke Maile. ... Odor was the designated hitter after his girlfriend gave birth to their daughter early Sunday morning. He was 1 for 3 with a double. ... Texas rookie Carlos Tocci singled in the seventh for his first major league hit.

Minor freezes up Jays for 1st win as starter since '14

  Minor freezes up Jays for 1st win as starter since '14 Minor freezes up Jays for 1st win as starter since '14ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)-- Mike Minor pitched two-hit ball over six innings to win a start for the first time since 2014 and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 Saturday night in one of the coldest games ever at Globe Life Park.

Steve Pearce didn't want to wait around for Cole Hamels ' confounding changeup.

Pearce, Morales homer against Hamels as Blue Jays beat Rangers 7 - 4 . Solarte walked twice to give him six in the three-game series. He reached in all four plate appearances Sunday, including a pair of singles, and nine out of 12 times in the series.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Tony Barnette (back) was not activated two days after throwing on consecutive nights on a minor league rehab assignment. Banister said the club was still monitoring his recovery coming off those appearances.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Opening-day starter J.A. Happ (1-1, 5.40 ERA) makes his third start Monday in the opener of a three-game series at Baltimore.

Rangers: RHP Doug Fister (1-1, 3.12 ERA) makes his third start for Texas in the opener of a three-game series Monday against the visiting Los Angeles Angels. Fister is 3-4 with a 2.90 ERA in his career against the Angels.

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