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SportsBlue Jays use solo homer hat-trick to clinch series against Rangers

15:50  14 august  2019
15:50  14 august  2019 Source:   thestar.com

McKinney, Hernandez homer back to back, Blue Jays overpower Rangers 3-0

McKinney, Hernandez homer back to back, Blue Jays overpower Rangers 3-0 TORONTO — Billy McKinney and Teoscar Hernandez hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays kept the Texas Rangers off the board Tuesday in a 3-0 victory. Randal Grichuk also hit a solo homer for the Blue Jays (51-72). Danny Santana had a pair of doubles for the Rangers (59-60), supplying the visitors' only two hits through the game's first five innings. Texas starter Lance Lynn (14-8) gave up one run and four hits with three walks and a strikeout in five innings. It was the first time since April 23 that Lynn had pitched fewer than six innings in a start.

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Blue Jays use solo homer hat-trick to clinch series against Rangers© Vaughn Ridley Teoscar Hernandez, right, and Billy McKinney hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning against Texas on Tuesday night.

The Blue Jays used a trio of solo home runs to clinch a series victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday evening.

Randal Grichuk, who was celebrating his 28th birthday, Teoscar Hernandez and Billy McKinney went yard for Toronto in a 3-0 win that saw their pitching staff concede just five hits, but the crowd at Rogers Centre was far more subdued than the rollicking group that saw Toronto out-do Texas by 15 runs in a 19-4 victory a night earlier.

The Jays did tie a least one franchise record on the night, though. The home runs from Hernandez and McKinney in the sixth inning were back-to-back, the 11th time Toronto has done so this season, tying a previous club-best mark set in 1999.

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The Blue Jays won the regular season series 4–3, but Texas won the most recent game, on May 15 in Arlington, one that will be remembered forever for the punch Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor landed on the jaw of Toronto slugger Jose Bautista in retaliation for Bautista's epic bat-flip after his

Thomas Pannone pitched the bulk of the game for Toronto, giving up a pair of hits and striking out three batters through four innings. Reliever Derek Law posted his 12th straight scoreless appearance in the eighth, a streak that spans 13 1/3 innings. He has surrendered five hits, seven walks and struck out 13 batters in that time.

The scores of home runs the Jays have hit of late are giving the team’s pitchers some added confidence on the mound.

“It definitely gives you a boost,” Pannone said. “Coming into the dugout, you know your offence is going to be putting up runs the way it is right now. The guys are swinging it. Everyone seems to be playing pretty loose, having a lot of fun so it’s fun to be a part of.”

  • Look who’s back: Jays closer Ken Giles, who has only pitched twice this month because of right elbow inflammation, worked the ninth inning in his first appearance on the mound since Aug. 7.

Giles faced the bottom of the order, his only blemish a walk to centre-fielder Delino DeShields, and locked down his 16th save of the season with only 13 pitches.

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Still, the Blue Jays ' offense was the story all series and it was again on Sunday, putting up Those skills and instincts were certainly on display when he dashed home from second to clinch the series 3. The Jays keep hitting homers . Speaking of home runs, the Jays in the regular season ranked third

The wild-card Blue Jays now go home looking to clinch the best-of-five matchup after beating the Rangers ’ two ace pitchers. Kevin Pillar, Ezequiel Carrera and Encarnacion, who ended the AL wild-card game with a three-run homer in the 11th inning Tuesday night, hit solo homers in a five-batter

Manager Charlie Montoyo saw a little rust on Giles as he battled slight command issues but was pleased with his velocity.

“I expected that, more or less,” Montoyo said. “He hasn’t been out there for a while now but he was throwing harder and he felt really good so that’s good sign.”

  • Play of the game: Bo Bichette showed shades of his predecessor, Freddy Galvis, when he backhanded a hard-hit ball by Shin-Soo Choo in the fifth inning and made a strong throw to first to get the out.

Galvis knew how to pick it, Montoyo reminded reporters, and Bichette is living up to that legacy.

“He’s really make some good plays and, you know, the one thing about him, he’s got good range,” Montoyo said. “He gets to a lot of balls.”

And it’s not just the manager who’s noticing.

“Just a sick play, really,” Pannone said. “I got jacked up. I might not show it emotionally but inside I was pretty fired up. He’s playing great at shortstop. He’s obviously hitting but he’s made some really nice plays over there and helped me out for sure tonight.”

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  • Getting Rowdy: Toronto recalled first baseman Rowdy Tellez before the game and optioned right hander Brock Stewart to Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding move.

Tellez was hitting .227 with 83 strikeouts to 17 walks when he was optioned to the Bisons on July 14 and told to work on striking out less and get on base more. He straightened up his posture and worked on pulling the ball less under the guidance of Bisons hitting coach Corey Hart, hitting seven home runs and 21 RBIs with a 1.138 OPS in 26 games in Buffalo.

Toronto will now test Tellez to see if he can find that consistency in the big leagues. Montoyo expects the 24-year-old to spend more time at first than the incumbent Justin Smoak down the stretch.

“What do I want to see? The guy hitting bombs,” Montoyo said, only half joking. “No, I want to see something better than what he was doing. His OPS ... getting better at-bats, better approach at the plate, work hard on his defence. He was doing that in Triple-A.”

  • Next man up: Stewart acted as the Jays’ bulk man in Toronto’s two most recent bullpen days, giving up three runs on seven hits through 9 1/3 innings for a 2.89 ERA since he was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31. Thursday’s off-day means the Jays could skip its next bullpen day. If the team continues to go with a pseudo five-man rotation, right-hander Zack Godley would like take over those bulk innings from Stewart on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners.
  • Up next: The series finale goes at 12:37 p.m. on Wednesday, with right-hander Sean Reid-Foley (2-2, 2.36) up against Rangers left-hander Kolby Allard (0-0, 4.15).

Laura Armstrong is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @lauraarmy

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