Texas Takes Two To Toronto

June 30: Texas 8, Toronto 4

The Rangers had all the runs they needed by the middle of the first inning. They abused Juan Guzman for four walks and four singles to plate five in the initial inning. The Blue Jays started with a bang also, Fred McGriff blasting a three run shot against Gerald Perry in the bottom of the first, but Texas held their quick lead for the duration.

                  R H BB
TEX 500 000 300 - 8 9  4
TOR 301 000 000 - 4 8  1

HR: F. McGriff (13)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Perry   7.0  4  4  1  1  4  
J. Guzman  6.2  8  6  0  3  8 

TEX 36-43, TOR 38-41

Jenkins Fergie TR74-44_FL_NBL McWilliamsJuly 1: Texas 4, Toronto 2

Fergie Jenkins was sharp for Texas and did not allow an earned run in a start for the first time this season. A Julio Franco error did contribute to a couple unearned against him, but Jeff Zimmerman and Francisco Cordero shut out Toronto for the last three innings, and the Rangers bats were busy clobbering 13 hits, including at least one by each hitter.

                  R  H BB
TEX 000 010 210 - 4 13  3
TOR 000 002 000 - 2  6  2

HR: I. Rodriguez (10)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins    6.0  2  0  0  2  4  
D. Alexander  6.1  3  3  0  2  3 

TEX 37-43, TOR 38-42

July 2: Toronto 6, Texas 4 (10 innings)

Nolan Ryan struck out a season-high 12 batters and deserved better than he got. An Ivan Rodriguez error extended the third inning enough for Carlos Delgado to smash a two-run homer, the bad range of his fielders contributed to a run, and then the Texas bullpen allowed an inherited runner in to tie the game in the eighth. When Fred McGriff came to bat in the bottom of the 10th, he already had two doubles in the game. He added a walk-off homer to his day to boost Toronto to their lone win in the series.

Toronto has earned the right to host game three of the upcoming All-Star series on July 5th. The game goes to the Expansion Division team in first place at the halfway mark, which turned out to be a tie between Toronto and Kansas City. The first tie-breaker, head-to-head records, didn’t settle the matter as the clubs split their 14 meetings. Toronto earned the All-Star game thanks to the second tie-breaker, runs scored in head-to-head games. The Blue Jays outscored the Royals 67-58 in their games. Boston will host the first two games in a July 4th doubleheader.

                    R H BB
TEX 200 200 000 0 - 4 7  2
TOR 012 000 010 2 - 6 8  3

HR: R. Greer (3), F. McGriff (14), C. Delgado (16)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan      7.1  4  2  1  1 12  
R. Halladay  7.0  4  4  1  1  4 

TEX 37-43, TOR 39-42

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