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Guzman has tiebreaking hit, Gallo homers, Rangers beat Jays

Toronto Blue Jays' Justin Smoak (14) is out at home plate on a tag by Texas Rangers catcher Juan Centeno during the first inning of a baseball game Fr...
Texas Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball...
Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo (17) celebrates with Delino DeShields (3) after scoring on a single by Nomar Mazara against the Toronto Blue Jays during ...
Texas Rangers' Joey Gallo (13) rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) during the ...
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Mike Minor throws to a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in T...
Toronto Blue Jays' Russell Martin sits on third base after being called out during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Texas Ran...
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman throws to a Texas Rangers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, ...

Toronto Blue Jays' Justin Smoak (14) is out at home plate on a tag by Texas Rangers catcher Juan Centeno during the first inning of a baseball game Fr...

Texas Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball...

Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo (17) celebrates with Delino DeShields (3) after scoring on a single by Nomar Mazara against the Toronto Blue Jays during ...

Texas Rangers' Joey Gallo (13) rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) during the ...

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Mike Minor throws to a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in T...

Toronto Blue Jays' Russell Martin sits on third base after being called out during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Texas Ran...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman throws to a Texas Rangers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, ...

TORONTO (AP) — Ronald Guzman hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Friday night.

Joey Gallo homered and scored twice and Nomar Mazara had three hits and two RBIs as the Rangers won back-to-back games for the second time this season. Texas, which beat Oakland 4-2 on Wednesday, won consecutive 10-inning games at Houston on April 14 and 15.

Guzman broke a 4-4 tie with a single to left off Marcus Stroman (0-3), driving in Gallo and Mazara.

Mike Minor (2-1) allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings to win for the first time in three starts. He walked none and struck out four.

Kevin Jepsen got two outs and Alex Claudio got one, Chris Martin worked the eighth and Keone Kela finished for his fifth save in five opportunities.

Justin Smoak had four hits but was thrown out twice on the bases for the Blue Jays, who have lost six of eight.

Stroman allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, and has given up at least four earned runs in all five starts this season. His ERA rose from 8.55 to 8.88.

The Rangers jumped on Stroman with a four-run first. Mazara hit a two-run single and Gallo followed with a drive to left, his eighth.

Smoak hit an RBI single in the bottom half, but the inning ended when Smoak was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Kevin Pillar's two-out double. Smoak was also thrown out in the third when he tried to go from first to third on Yangervis Solarte's single.

Steve Pearce hit a two-run double in the second, and Toronto tied it when Pillar tripled in the third on a broken-bat hit that bounced over Gallo's head in left.

Stroman lost his left shoe as he broke to cover first on Jurickson Profar's grounder in the third, but didn't break stride and recorded the out.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: C Robinson Chirinos (left wrist) sat for the second straight game but is expected to return to the lineup Saturday and Sunday. The Rangers were off Thursday, meaning Chirinos will have had three days of rest once he returns. ... Texas activated RHP Tony Barnette (back) off the 10-day disabled list and optioned RHP Jose Leclerc to Triple-A Round Rock.

Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson threw to the bases Friday at Toronto's spring training facility in Florida. No date has been set for Donaldson to begin a rehab assignment. ... RHP John Axford was reinstated from the bereavement list and LHP Tim Mayza was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (0-0, 2.59) is 7-4 with a 4.68 ERA in 15 starts at Toronto, including three complete games.

Blue Jays: LHP Jaime Garcia (3-1, 3.72) has allowed at least one home run in each of his four starts this season.

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Updated : 2021-05-19 10:44 GMT+08:00