Devon Travis' grand slam leads Blue Jays to win over Texas Rangers

Sheri Evans
May 28, 2017

Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer that backed Estrada, and the Toronto Blue Bays beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 Saturday and matched their longest winning streak this season at five.

Opposing teams often pitch Josh Donaldson high and tight, and given that an errant 87-mph change-up from Kansas City Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera struck him on the left side of the face last August 5, he understandably concluded it was better to be safe than sorry.

The Rangers could not have a better candidate to accomplish what is needed than the starter they send out Saturday: Yu Darvish. He did take the loss to Toronto in Game 2 of the American League Division Series previous year.

Garza gets credit for allowing six runs in 5 1/3 innings, falling to 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA. Rangers center fielder Jared Hoying hit the wall hard in left-center field catching a drive by Kevin Pillar for the second out.

First came the boos, but soon after projectiles started to rain down.

The slam also extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Toronto also got a grand slam from infielder Ryan Goins in Wednesday's win at Milwaukee. First, a healthy Blue Jays' lineup has a great deal of depth, as evidenced by the fact that Tulo was hitting in the 7 spot on Friday as well. Bautista has hit six homers with men in scoring position, matching New York's Matt Holliday for the AL lead. Hill had 16 in September 2009.

The Blue Jays will activate All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson and All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the disabled list today before they open a three-game set with the Rangers at home, Toronto manager John Gibbons said during an interview with MLB Network Radio. He was replaced by Austin Bibens-Dirkx.

Notables: Elvis Andrus committed his 10th error in the sixth inning. Ross Atkins said that he'd like to have Happ make two more rehab starts before he returns to the team, but that plan may no longer be accurate. It was the eighth time in his career Estrada surrendered a lead off homer, first time on an 0-0 count.

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The Rangers pulled to within three when Napoli started the fourth with a single to left and moved to second on a Bolsinger wild pitch.

The debate over Bautista's bat flip continued over the offseason, but the Rangers-Blue Jays drama simmered down until the two teams met in May 2016.

Texas kept plugging away on Bolsinger.

Goins, filling in for Troy Tulowitzki at short, made three stellar plays, starting with one of the most freaky plays imaginable in the sixth inning.

In the top of the seventh in game five Russell Martin failed to properly throw the ball back to pitcher Aaron Sanchez.

After the umpires conversed Odor was awarded home, Texas went up 3-2 - and a sold out crowd showed their disapproval for the call.

The Blue Jays took a 3-1 lead on Bautista's ninth homer, a three-run blast with two out in the fifth.

"Early on, we'll probably watch the amount of playing time they're getting, until they get into high gear, but it's definitely two welcome additions", Gibbons said.

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