Jays rally in ninth to pull out win

The Associated Press
Schuyler Dixon

ARLINGTON, Tex.–Wins in the past two playoff matchups, a couple of victories in Toronto during a three-game set earlier this season, and now a ninth-inning rally in Texas.
The Blue Jays are finding ways to beat the Rangers–even if Jose Bautista was roughed up a bit by Rougned Odor in that wild brawl a little more than a year ago.
Kendrys Morales hit a go-ahead single after a tying single by Josh Donaldson in the ninth as Toronto edged rival Texas 7-6 last night.
The Jays won despite blowing a 5-1 lead in their first visit to Texas since last post-season, when they won the first two games in a best-of-five sweep that was their second-straight Division Series victory over the two-time defending AL West champs.
“I guess there’s a little bad blood between us, but I think it’s all in the past now,” said Toronto starter Marco Estrada.
“I don’t think anybody even thinks about it, to be honest.”
Donaldson’s single off closer Matt Bush scored Ryan Goins, who just beat the throw to second for a lead-off double.
Morales’ hit to the gap in left-centre plated Donaldson from second after a stolen base and a walk.
It was the third blown save in 11 chances for Bush (2-2).
The Rangers already have replaced one closer in Sam Dyson, who eventually was traded to San Francisco.
“Anytime you lose a game like that, they’re challenging,” conceded manager Jeff Banister.
“However, again, I’ll repeat, rewind, and repeat about what I say about this team, where they’re able to bounce back and move on.”
Jeff Beliveau (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth before Roberto Osuna worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 18th save in 22 chances.
The Jays got 5 1/3 scoreless innings from five relievers.
“I’m proud of all of them,” said manager John Gibbons.
“It was a tough game on both sides,” he noted. “Both starters gave up runs early and then both bullpens shut the teams down until the end.”
Toronto’s Steve Pearce and Adrian Beltre of the Rangers traded three-run doubles in the fourth, with Beltre’s liner to right-centre capping a five-run inning for a 6-5 lead that held up until the ninth.
With his double, the 38-year-old Beltre, in his 20th major-league season, pulled even with Harmon Killebrew on the career RBI list with 1,583.
Beltre also passed Al Kaline at 1,582.
As well, Beltre drew even with Cal Ripken at 23rd on the career list for extra-base hits with 1,078.
He’s now at 2,959 career hits.
Bautista started the Jays’ four-run fourth with his 12th home run–a 442-foot shot over the lower-deck seats in left.
Elvis Andrus had a two-run single before Beltre’s hit as three pitchers for both teams combined for 79 pitches in the fourth.
Justin Smoak had three hits, including a career high-tying 20th homer, to get the Jays even in the second after Nomar Mazara’s ninth homer for Texas in the first–a 435-foot drive to the second deck in right.
Estrada struggled for a fourth-straight start, allowing seven hits, four walks, and six runs in 3 2/3 innings to push the right-hander’s totals to 35 hits and 23 runs in 16 1/3 innings during that span.
Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave up two homers and five runs over five innings in the third career start for the 32-year-old rookie right-hander.
He struck out five.
Elsewhere in the AL, Cleveland bombed Baltimore 12-0, Kansas City doubled Boston 4-2, Houston beat Oakland 4-1, and Seattle downed Detroit 6-2.
Over in the NL, Miami topped Washington 8-7, Atlanta blanked San Francisco 9-0, Pittsburgh dumped Milwaukee 8-1, Chicago edged San Diego 3-2, and L.A. downed New York 10-6.
Cincinnati beat Tampa Bay 7-3 in interleague play.