Nathaniel Lowe and Mitch Garver hit three-run homers on Wednesday, helping the Texas Rangers inflict a tough 10-0 defeat on the Toronto Blue Jays.
Texas won a fifth straight game, while the Blue Jays dropped a third straight game.
The Jays slipped out of the picture of the three clubs reaching the playoffs without a section title, in the American. There we find in order Tampa Bay, Texas and Seattle, with the Mariners a match in front of the Toronto club.
The boos were seriously heard at the Rogers Centre, where 25,495 people were seated.
“People expect us to win and they have the right to have expectations,” outfielder George Springer said. Nobody wants to win as much as we do.
“I don’t think it’s a lack of effort. We’re doing our best but it seems like we’re not, given the results. »
The Rangers have won five or more games in a row on four occasions this season. This is a peak in the American, tied with Baltimore and Boston.
“Arriving here and having such good results is excellent for the morale of our players,” said Rangers manager Bruce Bochy. It reminds them how talented they are. »
Texas’ winning streak comes on the heels of a four-game losing streak in which the team was beaten 45-13.
Robbie Grossman hit a two-run homer, while Jonah Heim and Josh Smith added singles.
Jordan Montgomery (9-11) allowed four hits and one walk in seven innings.
Yusei Kikuchi (9-6) gave up six runs and five hits in five innings.
“We know it’s a big series. We are aware of the rankings, Kikuchi said, through an interpreter. All we can do is turn the page. Tomorrow is another day. »
Vladimir Guerrero had a single in the first inning, stopping an 0-for-8 drought since the start of this crucial series.
Bo Bichette went 0 for 4, being deprived of a hit in a fourth straight game.
In the last game of the confrontation, the starting pitchers will be Nathan Eovaldi (11-4) and Kevin Gausman (11-8) on Thursday.