Blue Jays homer twice off Hamels in 1st, beat Rangers 7-4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Steve Pearce didn't want to wait around for Cole Hamels' confounding changeup.

So Toronto's leadoff hitter took a big swing at the first pitch he saw: a high fastball in just about a perfect spot for a hitter.

Pearce homered on the first pitch of the game, Kendrys Morales added a three-run shot in the first inning and the Blue Jays beat the Rangers 7-4 on Sunday.

''Just ready to hit, ready to attack him early,'' Pearce said of his first career leadoff homer . ''That was the game plan. You don't want to wait around and let him bury you with that changeup. He's got some good stuff.''

Jaime Garcia (1-0) won while facing Texas for the first time in the 31-year-old's 176th career start. The left-hander allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings, leaving after Joey Gallo's two-run homer. The 445-foot shot down the line in right was the Texas slugger's third of the season.

After becoming the first Texas pitcher to get the first eight outs on strikeouts in a win at Oakland in his previous start, Hamels (1-2) let four of the first five hitters reach in the left-hander's second straight home loss. The first was on opening day.

Hamels, who started 9-1 each of the past two seasons, gave up seven runs - five earned - and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings with two walks and five strikeouts. He struck out 11 in five innings against the Athletics.

Pearce's drive soared well above the 14-foot wall in left field, just inside the foul pole. After Josh Donaldson struck out, Justin Smoak and Yangervis Solarte singled. Morales' liner to the opposite field went into the Texas bullpen in right-center for the switch-hitter's first of the season.

''Something where you just have to be able to execute early,'' Hamels said. ''The first game of the season, very similar situation. So I think that's going to be a lot more of my focus, as we go out, is really trying to execute from the very first pitch.''

With the bases loaded and the Blue Jays leading 7-3 in the seventh, Ryan Tepera struck out Adrian Beltre and got Gallo on an inning-ending popout .

Robert Osuna retired four straight for his fourth save after hitting Rougned Odor with a pitch to load the bases in the eighth.

''We had to burn through our bullpen pretty good,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said. ''You never like to do that this time of year so you won't see that often probably. But he shut it down.''

BARTOLO IN THE BULLPEN

Texas' Bartolo Colon struck out four straight during two scoreless innings in his first relief appearance since 2016 with the New York Mets. The 44-year-old right-hander started the fifth game for the Rangers before Martin Perez came off the disabled list to join the rotation.

It was the 10th relief appearance compared to 529 starts for Colon, who is in his 21st season.

''He's a valuable part of what we're doing, whether it's in the bullpen or the starting rotation,'' manager Jeff Banister said. ''We'll continue to look at it daily.''

STROLLING SOLARTE

Solarte walked twice to give him six in the three-game series. He reached in all four plate appearances Sunday, including a pair of singles, and nine out of 12 times in the series.

SHORT HOPS

Beltre's double in the sixth inning was his 1,117th extra-base hit, tying him with Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx for 18th on the career list. ... The other run-scoring hits for Toronto were singles from Curtis Granderson and Kevin Pillar and a double by Luke Maile. ... Odor was the designated hitter after his girlfriend gave birth to their daughter early Sunday morning. He was 1 for 3 with a double. ... Texas rookie Carlos Tocci singled in the seventh for his first major league hit.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Tony Barnette (back) was not activated two days after throwing on consecutive nights on a minor league rehab assignment. Banister said the club was still monitoring his recovery coming off those appearances.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Opening-day starter J.A. Happ (1-1, 5.40 ERA) makes his third start Monday in the opener of a three-game series at Baltimore.

Rangers: RHP Doug Fister (1-1, 3.12 ERA) makes his third start for Texas in the opener of a three-game series Monday against the visiting Los Angeles Angels. Fister is 3-4 with a 2.90 ERA in his career against the Angels.

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  • W: J. Garcia (1-0)L: C. Hamels (1-2)S: R. Osuna (4)
  • HR: TOR - K. Morales (1), S. Pearce (2), TEX - J. Gallo (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Pearce LF31111010.235.316.647.9635.5
a- C. Granderson PH-LF20110000.364.417.545.9622.0
J. Donaldson 3B50100021.237.341.421.7620.0
J. Smoak 1B52200001.351.432.6491.0804.0
Y. Solarte 2B21200200.308.471.6151.0865.0
K. Morales DH41231022.190.250.333.5838.0
K. Pillar CF41110011.270.289.459.7492.5
R. Grichuk RF40000024.059.132.147.279-1.0
L. Maile C41110010.333.385.583.9683.5
A. Diaz SS40000011.217.217.565.783-0.5
  • a-singled for Pearce in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Choo RF51210013.325.386.6251.0114.5
R. Odor DH30100010.206.282.265.5472.5
E. Andrus SS40110103.372.426.512.9373.0
A. Beltre 3B51100024.289.325.421.7462.0
J. Gallo 1B51121004.200.250.444.6947.0
R. Chirinos C31000220.071.156.107.2632.0
J. Profar 2B30000112.154.353.231.5840.5
R. Rua LF30100012.138.161.172.3341.5
a- N. Mazara PH-LF10100000.306.375.417.7921.0
C. Tocci CF20100110.111.200.111.3111.5
b- D. Robinson PH-CF10000002.250.333.375.7080.0
HITTERSAB
S. Choo RF5
R. Odor DH3
E. Andrus SS4
A. Beltre 3B5
J. Gallo 1B5
R. Chirinos C3
J. Profar 2B3
R. Rua LF3
a- N. Mazara PH-LF1
C. Tocci CF2
b- D. Robinson PH-CF1
  • a-singled for Rua in the 8th
  • b-popped out for Tocci in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Maile (3)
  • HR - S. Pearce (2), K. Morales
  • RBI - S. Pearce (3), C. Granderson (2), K. Morales 3 (6), K. Pillar (3), L. Maile (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Granderson
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Choo (3), R. Odor (2), A. Beltre (5), R. Rua
  • HR - J. Gallo (3)
  • SH - R. Odor
  • RBI - S. Choo (6), E. Andrus (4), J. Gallo 2 (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo (3)
FIELDING
  • E - E. Andrus 2 (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Garcia (W, 1-0)5.15332513.181.1514.5
T. Clippard0.20001103.180.71-0.5
A. Loup0.12000007.362.18-2.0
R. Tepera (H, 3)1.00112203.001.001.0
S. Oh0.12000003.601.80-2.0
R. Osuna (S, 4)1.10000100.000.3810.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Garcia (W, 1-0)5.1
T. Clippard0.2
A. Loup0.1
R. Tepera (H, 3)1.0
S. Oh0.1
R. Osuna (S, 4)1.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Hamels (L, 1-2)5.18752525.061.63-2.5
C. Martin0.21000103.601.40-0.5
B. Colon2.01000401.131.137.0
A. Claudio1.01000004.261.112.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Hamels (L, 1-2)5.1
C. Martin0.2
B. Colon2.0
A. Claudio1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - R. Osuna
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 96-60, T. Clippard 15-9, A. Loup 10-7, R. Tepera 26-12, S. Oh 17-11, R. Osuna 15-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 3-8, A. Loup 1-0, R. Osuna 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 23, T. Clippard 3, A. Loup 3, R. Tepera 5, S. Oh 3, R. Osuna 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 98-65, C. Martin 11-8, B. Colon 29-21, A. Claudio 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 6-5, C. Martin 1-0, B. Colon 2-0, A. Claudio 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 26, C. Martin 3, B. Colon 7, A. Claudio 3
  • Balks - C. Hamels
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Pearce LF31111010.235.316.647.9635.5
a- C. Granderson PH-LF20110000.364.417.545.9622.0
J. Donaldson 3B50100021.237.341.421.7620.0
J. Smoak 1B52200001.351.432.6491.0804.0
Y. Solarte 2B21200200.308.471.6151.0865.0
K. Morales DH41231022.190.250.333.5838.0
K. Pillar CF41110011.270.289.459.7492.5
R. Grichuk RF40000024.059.132.147.279-1.0
L. Maile C41110010.333.385.583.9683.5
A. Diaz SS40000011.217.217.565.783-0.5
Total377117221010-----
  • a-singled for Pearce in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Choo RF51210013.325.386.6251.0114.5
R. Odor DH30100010.206.282.265.5472.5
E. Andrus SS40110103.372.426.512.9373.0
A. Beltre 3B51100024.289.325.421.7462.0
J. Gallo 1B51121004.200.250.444.6947.0
R. Chirinos C31000220.071.156.107.2632.0
J. Profar 2B30000112.154.353.231.5840.5
R. Rua LF30100012.138.161.172.3341.5
a- N. Mazara PH-LF10100000.306.375.417.7921.0
C. Tocci CF20100110.111.200.111.3111.5
b- D. Robinson PH-CF10000002.250.333.375.7080.0
Total3549415920-----
HITTERSAB
S. Choo RF5
R. Odor DH3
E. Andrus SS4
A. Beltre 3B5
J. Gallo 1B5
R. Chirinos C3
J. Profar 2B3
R. Rua LF3
a- N. Mazara PH-LF1
C. Tocci CF2
b- D. Robinson PH-CF1
Total35
  • a-singled for Rua in the 8th
  • b-popped out for Tocci in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Maile (3)
  • HR - S. Pearce (2), K. Morales
  • RBI - S. Pearce (3), C. Granderson (2), K. Morales 3 (6), K. Pillar (3), L. Maile (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Granderson
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Choo (3), R. Odor (2), A. Beltre (5), R. Rua
  • HR - J. Gallo (3)
  • SH - R. Odor
  • RBI - S. Choo (6), E. Andrus (4), J. Gallo 2 (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo (3)
FIELDING
  • E - E. Andrus 2 (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Garcia (W, 1-0)5.15332513.181.1514.5
T. Clippard0.20001103.180.71-0.5
A. Loup0.12000007.362.18-2.0
R. Tepera (H, 3)1.00112203.001.001.0
S. Oh0.12000003.601.80-2.0
R. Osuna (S, 4)1.10000100.000.3810.5
Total9.0944591---
PITCHERSIP
J. Garcia (W, 1-0)5.1
T. Clippard0.2
A. Loup0.1
R. Tepera (H, 3)1.0
S. Oh0.1
R. Osuna (S, 4)1.1
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Hamels (L, 1-2)5.18752525.061.63-2.5
C. Martin0.21000103.601.40-0.5
B. Colon2.01000401.131.137.0
A. Claudio1.01000004.261.112.0
Total9.011752102---
PITCHERSIP
C. Hamels (L, 1-2)5.1
C. Martin0.2
B. Colon2.0
A. Claudio1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - R. Osuna
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 96-60, T. Clippard 15-9, A. Loup 10-7, R. Tepera 26-12, S. Oh 17-11, R. Osuna 15-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 3-8, A. Loup 1-0, R. Osuna 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 23, T. Clippard 3, A. Loup 3, R. Tepera 5, S. Oh 3, R. Osuna 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 98-65, C. Martin 11-8, B. Colon 29-21, A. Claudio 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 6-5, C. Martin 1-0, B. Colon 2-0, A. Claudio 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 26, C. Martin 3, B. Colon 7, A. Claudio 3
  • Balks - C. Hamels
  • 8TH INNING
    Choo singled to center, Chirinos scored, Mazara to third74
  • 6TH INNING
    Gallo homered to right, Beltre scored73
    Granderson singled to shallow center, Maile scored71
    Maile doubled to right, Pillar scored61
  • 3RD INNING
    Pillar reached on an infield single to pitcher, Smoak scored, Solarte to third, Morales to second51
  • 1ST INNING
    Andrus singled to left, Choo scored41
    Morales homered to right center, Smoak and Solarte scored40
    Pearce homered to left10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Alex Claudio relieved Bartolo Colon
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Granderson lined out to second
    • J. Donaldson: Donaldson singled to shallow center
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Foul, Smoak grounded into double play third to second to first, Donaldson out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Osuna Pitching:
    • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Foul, Beltre grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Gallo: Gallo flied out to deep left
    • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • B. Colon Pitching:
    • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
    • L. Maile: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
    • A. Diaz: Diaz grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Tepera Pitching:
    • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chirinos walked
    • J. Profar: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
    • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved Ryan Tepera
    • Nomar Mazara hit for Ryan Rua
    • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mazara singled to right, Chirinos to second
    • Drew Robinson hit for Carlos Tocci
    • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Robinson popped out to second
    • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Choo singled to center, Chirinos scored, Mazara to third
    • Roberto Osuna relieved Seung-Hwan Oh
    • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Odor hit by pitch, Choo to second
    • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Andrus grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Bartolo Colon relieved Chris Martin
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Smoak grounded out to first
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Solarte singled to right
    • K. Morales: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Morales struck out looking
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Aaron Loup relieved Tyler Clippard
    • C. Tocci: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Tocci singled to center
    • S. Choo: Ball, Choo reached on fielder's choice to first, Tocci out at second
    • R. Odor: Ball, Strike swinging, Odor doubled to shallow left, Choo to third
    • Ryan Tepera relieved Aaron Loup
    • E. Andrus: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Andrus walked
    • A. Beltre: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
    • J. Gallo: Foul, Foul, Gallo popped out to catcher
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • K. Pillar: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pillar safe at first on shortstop Andrus fielding error
    • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
    • L. Maile: Foul, Strike looking, Pillar to second on balk, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Maile doubled to right, Pillar scored
    • Chris Martin relieved Cole Hamels
    • A. Diaz: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • Curtis Granderson hit for Steve Pearce
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Granderson singled to shallow center, Maile scored
    • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Andrus flied out to deep center
    • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Beltre doubled to deep right center
    • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo homered to right, Beltre scored
    • Tyler Clippard relieved Jaime Garcia
    • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chirinos walked
    • J. Profar: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Profar flied out to left
    • R. Rua: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rua struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak grounded out to first
    • Y. Solarte: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Solarte walked
    • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • C. Tocci: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Tocci struck out looking
    • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Choo grounded out to first
    • R. Odor: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Odor grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • L. Maile: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Maile grounded out to third
    • A. Diaz: Diaz grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Pearce: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • J. Gallo: Gallo flied out to deep center
    • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Chirinos struck out looking
    • J. Profar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Profar walked
    • R. Rua: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Rua flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Donaldson flied out to deep right
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Smoak singled to right center
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Solarte walked, Smoak to second
    • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Morales singled to left, Smoak to third, Solarte to second
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar reached on an infield single to pitcher, Smoak scored, Solarte to third, Morales to second
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Grichuk grounded into double play third to first, Morales out at third
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • R. Odor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
    • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus popped out to second
    • A. Beltre: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • L. Maile: Strike looking, Ball, Maile flied out to deep left
    • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Diaz popped out to shortstop
    • S. Pearce: Foul, Ball, Pearce safe at first on shortstop Andrus fielding error
    • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Pearce out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • R. Chirinos: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Chirinos popped out to shortstop
    • J. Profar: Strike looking, Profar flied out to shallow right
    • R. Rua: Strike looking, Foul, Rua doubled to shallow left
    • C. Tocci: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Tocci walked
    • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • S. Pearce: Pearce homered to left
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak singled to center
    • Y. Solarte: Solarte singled to shallow right, Smoak to second
    • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Morales homered to right center, Smoak and Solarte scored
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pillar flied out to right
    • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Choo doubled to left center
    • R. Odor: Ball, Odor hit sacrifice bunt to first, Choo to third
    • E. Andrus: Andrus singled to left, Choo scored
    • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Beltre flied out to right
    • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gallo flied out to center
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)