Blue Jays hang on to beat Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Toronto Blue Jays jumped out to a seven-run lead and then hung on to beat the Texas Rangers 7-5 Wednesday night.

Toronto, which moved within a game of .500 for the ninth time this year, got all the offense it would need by scoring six times in the first off Texas starter Tyson Ross (1-1).

Justin Smoak got the Jays on the board with an RBI single, and two batters later, Steve Pearce added an RBI double. Ryan Goins followed with a two-run double before Darwin Barney capped the inning with a two-run homer to left.

Goins upped the lead to 7-0 with an RBI groundout in the third.

Joe Biagini (2-6) made those runs stand up for his first win since May 12 despite a Texas rally.

The Rangers got two back in the bottom of the third on a Shin-Soo Choo homer. Joey Gallo's inside-the-park homer in the fifth trimmed the Toronto lead to four.

Texas chased Biagini in the sixth inning with a two-run single from Delino DeShields that made it a 7-5 game.

The Toronto bullpen held on from there, though. Danny Barnes, Ryan Tepera and Roberto Osuna kept the Rangers off the board for the final three frames, with Osuna picking up his 19th save. The Rangers had nine hits over the first six innings but were hitless over the final three.

Biagini was charged with four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. Ross, making just his second start, lasted just three innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits. Texas did get six scoreless innings from its bullpen.

Pearce went 3-for-3 for the Jays, and Smoak was 2-for-5 with two runs. Kendrys Morales also had a pair of his for the Jays, who finished with 11. For Texas, Gallo went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles in addition to the homer. Choo had two hits.

NOTES: Toronto LF Steve Pearce left the game in the bottom of the fifth with a right knee contusion after hitting the wall on Joey Gallo's inside-the-park homer. X-rays were negative. ... The inside-the-park homer by Gallo was the eighth in Globe Life Park history and the first by a Texas player since Ryan Rua had one in 2015. ... Toronto put RHP Leonel Campos on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right groin and recalled RHP Cesar Valdez from Triple-A Buffalo.
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Texas RangersRangers002012000591
WP:Joe Biagini (TOR)
LP:Tyson Ross (TEX)
HR:(TEX): Joey Gallo, Shin-Soo Choo
(TOR): Darwin Barney
Season Series
Jun 21st 2017 Toronto 7 @ Texas 5
Jun 20th 2017 Toronto 1 @ Texas 6
Jun 19th 2017 Toronto 7 @ Texas 6
May 28th 2017 Texas 3 @ Toronto 1
May 27th 2017 Texas 1 @ Toronto 3
May 26th 2017 Texas 6 @ Toronto 7
.256Batting Average.261
5.4Runs / Game4.3
13Home Runs7