The Blue Jays shut out the Rangers at both ends of the doubles program | Sports

By MIKE HAIM Associated Press

BUFFALO, NY (AP) – Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a grand slam in the first inning, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 31st homer of the season, and George Springer and Randal Grichuk have also gone far for Toronto as the Blue Jays reached a 10-0 victory over the Texas Rangers and a sweep of their doubles program on Sunday.

Steven Matz and two relievers combined for a three-hit, and Toronto swept a doubles program with two shutouts for the first time in team history. In Game 1, Hyun Jin Ryu threw a hit for his third career shutout and Danny Jansen hit a home run as Toronto won 5-0.

“The only way to get winning steaks is for your entrees to give you a chance,” said Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo. “Ryu and Matz were exceptional, of course we rocked the bats but it’s about throwing and the entrees were exceptional.”

It was the first time the Rangers were excluded twice a day since the team moved to Texas. On May 23, 1971, the Washington Senators were swept away in Detroit by scores of 5-0 and 11-0.

Gurriel’s home run, his 11th this season, capped a six-point first run. With two strikeouts in the second, Guerrero and Springer went far on consecutive throws, and after a walk to Teoscar Hernández, Grichuk hit his 18th home run.

Rangers starter Mike Foltyniewicz (2-9) allowed 10 runs on eight hits in a 1 2/3 inning. The ensuing trio of Rangers relievers – Taylor Hearn, Demarcus Evans and Spencer Patton – registered 13 of 14 batters. Texas have now lost five in a row and nine of their last 12 games.


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