Devon Travis’s grand slam pow­ers Jays past Texas Rangers

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - GAVIN DAY

Devon Travis hit his sec­ond ca­reer grand slam and Justin Smoak and Kendrys Mo­rales also knocked in homers as the Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 7-6 Fri­day night for their fourth win in a row. Jays arch-neme­sis Rougned Odor con­nected on a 1-1 pitch from Joe Smith for a three­run homer in the top of the ninth to make things very ner­vous for the 40,754 in at­ten­dance at Rogers Cen­tre be­fore Roberto Osuna came in to strike out Mike Napoli to pick up his eighth save.

Travis and Ryan Goins — who had a grand slam on Wed­nes­day night in Mil­wau­kee — have com­bined for the first Blue Jays grand slams in back-to-back games since 2001.

On an 0-1 pitch from A.J. Grif­fin (4-2) in the sec­ond, Travis em­phat­i­cally ex­tended his hit streak to 10 games by driv­ing his fourth homer of the sea­son out to left field. The blast scored Justin Smoak, Rus­sell Martin and Troy Tu­low­itzki, who had been ac­ti­vated from the dis­abled list ear­lier in the day. Jays starter Mike Bolsinger went four-andtwo-thirds in­nings and gave up two runs while Aaron Loup earned the win. Mak­ing their re­turns fol­low­ing stints on the dis­abled list, third base­man Josh Don­ald­son and short­stop Tu­low­itzki each re­ceived rous­ing ova­tions when they came to the plate.

Don­ald­son dou­bled in his first at-bat and Tu­low­itzki walked twice and sin­gled to left­cen­tre field in the sev­enth.

Af­ter giv­ing up the grand slam, Grif­fin struck out Eze­quiel Car­rera but then left the game af­ter just an in­ning-and-a-third with a left in­ter­costal strain. It was the short­est start for any Rangers starter this sea­son.

Texas had taken the lead in the sec­ond when Napoli walked to start the in­ning, ad­vanced to third on Travis’s throw­ing er­ror then scored on Jared Hoy­ing’s sac­ri­fice fly to left.

Smoak’s 11th homer of the sea­son put Toronto up by four be­fore the Rangers chipped away with sin­gle runs in the fourth and fifth in­nings. Mo­rales’s line drive shot to right­cen­tre re­stored some breath­ing room and Travis scored on a Jeremy Jef­fress wild pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth that was the win­ning run.

JON BLACKER, THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Blue Jays Troy Tu­low­itzki and Justin Smoak cel­e­brate Devon Travis’ grand slam against the Texas Rangers in the sec­ond in­ning in Toronto on Fri­day.

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