Kiner-Falefa's career-high 4 RBIs lift Rangers over Jays 8-5

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Hitting has taken something of a backseat for Isiah Kiner-Falefa as he works at being a full-time catcher for the first time in his professional baseball career. So a night like Saturday was a welcome reward.

Kiner-Falefa hit a bases-loaded triple during a four-run second inning and drove in a career-high four to lift the Texas Rangers over the Toronto Blue Jays 8-5.

''I'm seeing the results pay off a little bit,'' said Kiner-Falefa, who was converted from a middle infielder as a rookie last season with Texas. ''But I still have a long ways to go. Especially when you're working so hard, you want to see small victories. And today was a big one for me.''

The Rangers ended a three-game skid by scoring eight runs in the first three innings. Lance Lynn (4-2) won for the fourth time in five starts despite allowing five runs in six innings. He walked five, struck out three and threw two wild pitches.

''There were a couple of pitches I'd want back and a couple of runs I probably shouldn't have given up, but that happens,'' Lynn said.

Thomas Pannone (1-3) allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings in making his second spot start of the season. Pannone gave up five hits and three walks while striking out one.

''He didn't have his command, and he was off from the beginning,'' Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. ''We have to give him a little bit longer because of what we had in the bullpen.''

Nomar Mazara hit his sixth homer of the season in the first inning.

The other RBI for Kiner-Falefa, who went into the game with four hits in his previous 33 at-bats, came on a fielder's choice in the third inning.

''It's a lot to ask, the things we're demanding from him,'' Rangers manager Chris Woodward said of Kiner-Falefa. ''I'm excited he got some positive results with the bat because he can hit.''

A MIGHTIER PEN

Shawn Kelley has replaced Jose Leclerc as the Texas closer - at least temporarily - and retired three straight batters on eight pitches for his second save of the season. Leclerc lost the job when he allowed three ninth-inning runs Tuesday for his second blown save.

Leclerc worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Woodward said he's looking for Leclerc to work his way back into that role.

''I went up to him and told him, `Man, that looked like you,''' Kelley said of Leclerc. ''I think he was able to breathe a little bit and slow down. I fully expect him to bounce back.''

VLADDY HISTORY IS CYCLICAL

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. drove in Justin Smoak in the first inning for his first major league RBI, in his seventh game. In 2010, rookie Smoak drove in Vladimir Guerrero Sr. for his first major league RBI with the Rangers.

''Well, baseball, it's crazy,'' Guerrero Jr. said. ''I feel very happy with myself for my first RBI, for hopefully many, many to come.''

SHORT HOPS

Jays 2B Eric Sogard had a two-run triple. ... Texas 2B Rougned Odor went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts to extend his hitless streak to 21 at-bats. ... Toronto RHP Derek Law made his season debut and allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: 1B Ronald Guzman (right hamstring strain) homered and doubled in the first game of his injury rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Clay Buchholz (0-1, 4.79) hasn't pitched six innings since his first start of the season on April 13.

Rangers: LHP Drew Smyly (0-2, 7.80) returns after being placed on the 10-day injured list with mid-arm nerve tightness. In his most recent outing, Smyly allowed four runs and two home runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 7-2 loss to the Houston Astros.

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  • W: L. Lynn (4-2)L: T. Pannone (1-3)S: S. Kelley (2)
  • HR: TEX - N. Mazara (6)
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E. Sogard 2B32120200.377.468.6601.1289.0
F. Galvis SS50110012.287.311.470.7802.5
J. Smoak DH21010100.248.370.429.7993.0
R. Grichuk CF30000121.252.307.433.7400.0
V. Guerrero 3B30110110.192.300.231.5312.5
R. Tellez 1B40200014.258.320.495.8151.5
B. McKinney LF41200011.228.280.326.6062.5
D. Jansen C40100003.195.267.247.5141.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo LF40000102.313.402.548.9491.0
    D. DeShields PR-CF00000000.200.340.313.6530.0
    E. Andrus SS50110002.336.396.541.9372.0
    N. Mazara RF41111011.232.289.455.7455.5
    H. Pence DH21100200.300.368.500.8684.0
    J. Gallo CF-LF32100112.268.410.6701.0805.5
    R. Odor 2B40000024.122.207.189.397-1.0
    A. Cabrera 3B22000210.220.294.451.7453.5
    L. Forsythe 1B31220110.289.388.470.8585.5
    I. Kiner-Falefa C41140012.200.302.273.5747.5
    L. Lynn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Leclerc P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Galvis (6)
      • 3B - E. Sogard
      • SF - J. Smoak
      • RBI - E. Sogard 2 (11), F. Galvis (13), J. Smoak (19), V. Guerrero
      • 2-Out RBI - V. Guerrero
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Galvis 2 (2), R. Tellez 4 (4)
      BATTING
      • 3B - I. Kiner-Falefa
      • HR - N. Mazara (6)
      • RBI - E. Andrus (21), N. Mazara (21), L. Forsythe 2 (16), I. Kiner-Falefa 4 (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Andrus (5), N. Mazara (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, E. Andrus 2 (2), N. Mazara, J. Gallo, R. Odor
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Gallo
      FIELDING
      • E - S. Brito (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Gallo (4)
      • DP - 2 (Odor-Forsythe-Andrus; Odor-Andrus-Forsythe)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Pannone (L, 1-3)2.15773118.051.53-13.5
      D. Law1.21102100.001.800.5
      S. Gaviglio2.00000201.210.587.0
      E. Luciano2.01002303.071.644.5
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Pannone (L, 1-3)2.1
      D. Law1.2
      S. Gaviglio2.0
      E. Luciano2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Lynn (W, 4-2)6.08555305.751.578.5
      J. Leclerc (H, 2)1.00000207.711.974.0
      C. Martin (H, 6)1.01000103.381.352.5
      S. Kelley (S, 2)1.00000001.290.7110.0
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Lynn (W, 4-2)6.0
      J. Leclerc (H, 2)1.0
      C. Martin (H, 6)1.0
      S. Kelley (S, 2)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Pannone 58-33, D. Law 35-21, S. Gaviglio 29-20, E. Luciano 40-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Pannone 3-3, D. Law 3-1, S. Gaviglio 3-1, E. Luciano 2-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Pannone 15, D. Law 8, S. Gaviglio 6, E. Luciano 9
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. Lynn 2 (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 103-62, J. Leclerc 17-13, C. Martin 10-8, S. Kelley 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 6-7, J. Leclerc 1-0, C. Martin 1-0
      • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 29, J. Leclerc 3, C. Martin 3, S. Kelley 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      F. Galvis SS50110012.287.311.470.7802.5
      J. Smoak DH21010100.248.370.429.7993.0
      R. Grichuk CF30000121.252.307.433.7400.0
      V. Guerrero 3B30110110.192.300.231.5312.5
      R. Tellez 1B40200014.258.320.495.8151.5
      B. McKinney LF41200011.228.280.326.6062.5
      D. Jansen C40100003.195.267.247.5141.0
      S. Brito RF41100002.088.184.147.3312.0
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      D. Law P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        S. Choo LF40000102.313.402.548.9491.0
        D. DeShields PR-CF00000000.200.340.313.6530.0
        E. Andrus SS50110002.336.396.541.9372.0
        N. Mazara RF41111011.232.289.455.7455.5
        H. Pence DH21100200.300.368.500.8684.0
        J. Gallo CF-LF32100112.268.410.6701.0805.5
        R. Odor 2B40000024.122.207.189.397-1.0
        A. Cabrera 3B22000210.220.294.451.7453.5
        L. Forsythe 1B31220110.289.388.470.8585.5
        I. Kiner-Falefa C41140012.200.302.273.5747.5
        L. Lynn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        J. Leclerc P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        C. Martin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        S. Kelley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - F. Galvis (6)
          • 3B - E. Sogard
          • SF - J. Smoak
          • RBI - E. Sogard 2 (11), F. Galvis (13), J. Smoak (19), V. Guerrero
          • 2-Out RBI - V. Guerrero
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Galvis 2 (2), R. Tellez 4 (4)
          BATTING
          • 3B - I. Kiner-Falefa
          • HR - N. Mazara (6)
          • RBI - E. Andrus (21), N. Mazara (21), L. Forsythe 2 (16), I. Kiner-Falefa 4 (9)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Andrus (5), N. Mazara (10)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, E. Andrus 2 (2), N. Mazara, J. Gallo, R. Odor
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Gallo
          FIELDING
          • E - S. Brito (2)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - J. Gallo (4)
          • DP - 2 (Odor-Forsythe-Andrus; Odor-Andrus-Forsythe)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Pannone (L, 1-3)2.15773118.051.53-13.5
          D. Law1.21102100.001.800.5
          S. Gaviglio2.00000201.210.587.0
          E. Luciano2.01002303.071.644.5
          Total8.0787771---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Pannone (L, 1-3)2.1
          D. Law1.2
          S. Gaviglio2.0
          E. Luciano2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Lynn (W, 4-2)6.08555305.751.578.5
          J. Leclerc (H, 2)1.00000207.711.974.0
          C. Martin (H, 6)1.01000103.381.352.5
          S. Kelley (S, 2)1.00000001.290.7110.0
          Total9.0955560---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Lynn (W, 4-2)6.0
          J. Leclerc (H, 2)1.0
          C. Martin (H, 6)1.0
          S. Kelley (S, 2)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Pannone 58-33, D. Law 35-21, S. Gaviglio 29-20, E. Luciano 40-20
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Pannone 3-3, D. Law 3-1, S. Gaviglio 3-1, E. Luciano 2-1
          • Batters Faced - T. Pannone 15, D. Law 8, S. Gaviglio 6, E. Luciano 9
          PITCHING
          • WP - L. Lynn 2 (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 103-62, J. Leclerc 17-13, C. Martin 10-8, S. Kelley 8-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 6-7, J. Leclerc 1-0, C. Martin 1-0
          • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 29, J. Leclerc 3, C. Martin 3, S. Kelley 3
          • 4TH INNING
            Galvis grounded out to second, Sogard scored58
            Sogard tripled to center, McKinney and Brito scored48
          • 3RD INNING
            Kiner-Falefa reached on fielder's choice to third, Cabrera scored, Forsythe out at second28
            Forsythe singled to right, Pence and Gallo scored, Cabrera to third on right fielder Brito fielding error27
            Smoak hit sacrifice fly to center, Sogard scored25
          • 2ND INNING
            Andrus singled to left, Kiner-Falefa scored15
            Kiner-Falefa tripled to deep right center, Gallo, Cabrera and Forsythe scored14
          • 1ST INNING
            Mazara homered to right center11
            Guerrero singled to left, Smoak scored, Grichuk to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Shawn Kelley relieved Chris Martin
            • S. Brito: Strike looking, Strike looking, Brito flied out to deep center
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Sogard popped out to shortstop
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Galvis flied out to left
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Chris Martin relieved Jose Leclerc
            • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Tellez singled to left
            • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, McKinney struck out on foul tip
            • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Ball, Jansen grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Tellez out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Luciano Pitching:
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Forsythe singled to left center
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa struck out looking
            • S. Choo: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Choo walked, Forsythe to second
            • Delino DeShields ran for Shin-Soo Choo
            • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Ball, Andrus flied out to center
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Jose Leclerc relieved Lance Lynn
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to first
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
            • V. Guerrero: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Guerrero struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Elvis Luciano relieved Sam Gaviglio
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mazara grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Pence: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pence walked
            • J. Gallo: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • R. Odor: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Odor grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • B. McKinney: Strike looking, McKinney flied out to left
            • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Jansen singled to right
            • S. Brito: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Jansen to second on wild pitch, Brito grounded out to second, Jansen to third
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sogard walked
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sogard to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kiner-Falefa lined out to center
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Choo grounded out to second
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Strike looking, Andrus grounded out to catcher
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk flied out to right
            • V. Guerrero: Ball, Ball, Guerrero grounded out to third
            • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Tellez singled to right center, Tellez out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Sam Gaviglio relieved Derek Law
            • R. Odor: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Odor struck out looking
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • B. McKinney: Ball, McKinney reached on bunt single to third
            • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Jansen grounded out to third, McKinney to second
            • S. Brito: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Brito reached on an infield single to first, McKinney to third
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Sogard tripled to center, McKinney and Brito scored
            • F. Galvis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Galvis grounded out to second, Sogard scored
            • J. Smoak: Foul, Ball, Smoak lined out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Law Pitching:
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Andrus flied out to center
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • H. Pence: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pence walked
            • J. Gallo: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Gallo lined out to pitcher
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sogard walked
            • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Galvis doubled to left center, Sogard to third
            • J. Smoak: Smoak hit sacrifice fly to center, Sogard scored
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
            • V. Guerrero: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Guerrero walked
            • R. Tellez: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Tellez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Pannone Pitching:
            • H. Pence: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Pence singled to right
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Gallo reached on an infield single to shortstop, Pence to second
            • R. Odor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Odor flied out to right, Pence to third
            • Derek Law relieved Thomas Pannone
            • A. Cabrera: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Gallo stole second, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Forsythe singled to right, Pence and Gallo scored, Cabrera to third on right fielder Brito fielding error
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Kiner-Falefa reached on fielder's choice to third, Cabrera scored, Forsythe out at second
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Choo grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • B. McKinney: McKinney singled to right
            • D. Jansen: Jansen lined out to shortstop
            • S. Brito: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Brito grounded into double play second to first to shortstop, McKinney out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Pannone Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gallo walked
            • R. Odor: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Odor struck out on foul tip
            • A. Cabrera: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked, Gallo to second
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Forsythe walked, Gallo to third, Cabrera to second
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Foul, Ball, Kiner-Falefa tripled to deep right center, Gallo, Cabrera and Forsythe scored
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Choo lined out to second
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus singled to left, Kiner-Falefa scored
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Mazara flied out to left
            • End of the 2nd (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • E. Sogard: Foul, Ball, Sogard flied out to left
            • F. Galvis: Foul, Galvis grounded out to first
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grichuk walked, Smoak to second
            • V. Guerrero: Ball, Ball, Guerrero singled to left, Smoak scored, Grichuk to second
            • R. Tellez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Tellez lined out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Pannone Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Choo grounded out to second
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Andrus grounded bunt out to first
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mazara homered to right center
            • H. Pence: Strike looking, Pence grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)