Andrus gets 4 hits, Rangers beat Jays 7-3 to avoid sweep

TORONTO (AP) Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward gathered his struggling hitters before Wednesday's game and told them to pull together and keep plugging.

Message received.

Kolby Allard pitched 5 2/3 innings to win for the first time with Texas, Elvis Andrus had four hits and two RBIs and the Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 to avoid a three-game sweep.

''As a manager, you need to find those moments where you know you have to say something,'' Andrus said. ''You have to wake up the team. He did it right. It didn't take too long, it was a few words, but it was right on point.''

Nomar Mazara and Danny Santana hit solo home runs as the Rangers wrapped up a three-city trip by scoring more than five runs for the first time in that stretch of road games. The Rangers went 3-6 against Cleveland, Milwaukee and Toronto, winning once against each opponent.

''We dug in a little bit deeper today,'' Woodward said.

Texas came in with two hits in its previous 40 at-bats with runners in scoring position but went 4 for 12 in such situations Wednesday.

''Once somebody gets a hit with a runner in scoring position, it kind of frees everybody up,'' Woodward said.

Making his second start for the Rangers after being acquired from Atlanta last month, Allard (1-0) allowed three runs and four hits.

''My command wasn't as good as it could have been but I went out there and battled and made some pitches when I needed to,'' Allard said.

The 22-year-old left-hander walked three and struck out five.

''He's a really smart kid,'' Andrus said of Allard. ''I love the way he pitches.''

Delino DeShields opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second and the Rangers added on with a three-run fourth. Santana chased Blue Jays right-hander Sean Reid-Foley with a two-run double and Andrus greeted left-hander Buddy Boshers with an RBI single.

Reid-Foley (2-3) allowed three runs and four hits in 3 1/3 innings.

''He threw more strikes today, he just couldn't put people away,'' manager Charlie Montoyo said. ''They kept fouling balls off and that got his pitch count high.''

Randal Grichuk tripled and scored on a grounder in the bottom half but Andrus made it 5-1 with an RBI double off Zack Godley in the sixth.

Allard left with runners at first and third and two outs in the bottom half. Teoscar Hernandez scored when right-hander Emmanuel Clase's first pitch skipped to the backstop, and Danny Jansen cut it to 5-3 with an RBI single.

Mazara homered off right-hander Neil Ramirez to begin the seventh, his 17th, and Santana made it 7-3 with a two-out solo drive off Ramirez in the eighth, his 19th.

Clase got one out, Rafael Montero struck out four over two perfect innings and Jose Leclerc pitched around a walk to strike out the side in the ninth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: RHP Clay Buchholz (right shoulder) made his second rehab start with Toronto's Gulf Coast League team Tuesday. Buchholz allowed one run and one hit, a home run, in three innings. He walked none and struck out four.

HYPHEN HISTORY

When Reid-Foley threw to Rangers infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the second, it marked the first time in MLB history that a pitcher with a hyphenated surname had faced a batter with a hyphenated surname. Kiner-Falefa won the battle with a single on the 11th pitch of the at-bat.

20/20

Toronto wrapped up a stretch of 20 games in 20 days. The Blue Jays went 12-8 over that stretch, outscoring their opponents by 37 runs.

BO KNOWS

Blue Jays rookie Bo Bichette went 1 for 5 with a double. Bichette has 16 extra-base hits in his first 17 games, more than any player in MLB history.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Texas returns home Thursday to begin a four-game series against Minnesota. RHP Pedro Payano (1-1, 3.86 ERA) starts the opener for the Rangers. The Twins have not named a starter.

Blue Jays: Toronto is off Thursday. Neither the Blue Jays nor the Mariners have named a starter for Friday, when the teams begin a three-game series north of the border.

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  • W: K. Allard (1-0)L: S. Reid-Foley (2-3)
  • HR: TEX - D. Santana (19), N. Mazara (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Choo DH30000222.267.370.470.8411.0
D. Santana 1B53231014.311.341.580.92111.5
E. Andrus SS50420000.285.323.418.74111.0
W. Calhoun LF40000103.268.317.536.8531.0
N. Mazara RF42211002.266.318.463.78110.0
R. Odor 2B50000012.204.276.431.707-0.5
I. Kiner-Falefa 3B31100210.231.307.328.6355.5
D. DeShields CF31110221.255.347.357.7046.0
J. Trevino C50000025.150.150.150.300-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Bichette SS50100021.365.420.6891.1091.0
    C. Biggio 2B30100213.207.337.379.7163.5
    V. Guerrero DH50000015.272.344.456.800-0.5
    R. Grichuk RF31100122.241.296.448.7444.0
    T. Hernandez CF31000133.223.299.452.7500.5
    R. Tellez 1B31100000.228.283.434.7173.0
    B. Drury 3B40010013.227.269.409.6780.5
    D. Fisher LF40000023.202.295.357.652-1.0
    D. Jansen C40210010.216.286.377.6622.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Santana (20), E. Andrus (23), N. Mazara (24)
      • HR - D. Santana (19), N. Mazara (17)
      • RBI - D. Santana 3 (53), E. Andrus 2 (57), N. Mazara (60), D. DeShields (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Santana 3 (18), E. Andrus 2 (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Santana 3 (3), W. Calhoun 3 (3), N. Mazara 2 (2), R. Odor, D. DeShields, J. Trevino
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Bichette (12), C. Biggio (10)
      • 3B - R. Grichuk (3)
      • RBI - B. Drury (38), D. Jansen (41)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Jansen (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Biggio 2 (2), V. Guerrero 2 (2), R. Grichuk 2 (2), T. Hernandez 2 (2), D. Fisher
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Andrus 2 (25), I. Kiner-Falefa (2), D. DeShields (16)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Odor (10)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Allard (W, 1-0)5.24333504.501.3014.5
      E. Clase (H, 1)0.12000101.590.88-1.5
      R. Montero (H, 2)2.00000401.500.838.0
      J. Leclerc1.00001304.271.253.5
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Allard (W, 1-0)5.2
      E. Clase (H, 1)0.1
      R. Montero (H, 2)2.0
      J. Leclerc1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Reid-Foley (L, 2-3)3.14333303.001.57-4.5
      B. Boshers0.11110108.531.89-1.5
      Z. Godley2.12112206.421.542.0
      N. Ramirez1.23220325.591.55-0.5
      J. Shafer1.10002002.051.521.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Reid-Foley (L, 2-3)3.1
      B. Boshers0.1
      Z. Godley2.1
      N. Ramirez1.2
      J. Shafer1.1
      PITCHING
      • WP - E. Clase, J. Leclerc (7)
      • HBP - K. Allard
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Allard 91-59, E. Clase 17-9, R. Montero 29-19, J. Leclerc 18-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Allard 6-7, R. Montero 1-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Allard 26, E. Clase 3, R. Montero 6, J. Leclerc 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - S. Reid-Foley (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Reid-Foley 88-56, B. Boshers 8-5, Z. Godley 43-25, N. Ramirez 30-22, J. Shafer 29-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Reid-Foley 5-2, Z. Godley 1-4, N. Ramirez 1-1, J. Shafer 1-3
      • Batters Faced - S. Reid-Foley 18, B. Boshers 2, Z. Godley 11, N. Ramirez 8, J. Shafer 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Choo DH30000222.267.370.470.8411.0
      D. Santana 1B53231014.311.341.580.92111.5
      E. Andrus SS50420000.285.323.418.74111.0
      W. Calhoun LF40000103.268.317.536.8531.0
      N. Mazara RF42211002.266.318.463.78110.0
      R. Odor 2B50000012.204.276.431.707-0.5
      I. Kiner-Falefa 3B31100210.231.307.328.6355.5
      D. DeShields CF31110221.255.347.357.7046.0
      J. Trevino C50000025.150.150.150.300-1.0
      Total37710727919-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Bichette SS50100021.365.420.6891.1091.0
        C. Biggio 2B30100213.207.337.379.7163.5
        V. Guerrero DH50000015.272.344.456.800-0.5
        R. Grichuk RF31100122.241.296.448.7444.0
        T. Hernandez CF31000133.223.299.452.7500.5
        R. Tellez 1B31100000.228.283.434.7173.0
        B. Drury 3B40010013.227.269.409.6780.5
        D. Fisher LF40000023.202.295.357.652-1.0
        D. Jansen C40210010.216.286.377.6622.5
        Total34362041320-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. Santana (20), E. Andrus (23), N. Mazara (24)
          • HR - D. Santana (19), N. Mazara (17)
          • RBI - D. Santana 3 (53), E. Andrus 2 (57), N. Mazara (60), D. DeShields (23)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Santana 3 (18), E. Andrus 2 (14)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Santana 3 (3), W. Calhoun 3 (3), N. Mazara 2 (2), R. Odor, D. DeShields, J. Trevino
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Bichette (12), C. Biggio (10)
          • 3B - R. Grichuk (3)
          • RBI - B. Drury (38), D. Jansen (41)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Jansen (11)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Biggio 2 (2), V. Guerrero 2 (2), R. Grichuk 2 (2), T. Hernandez 2 (2), D. Fisher
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - E. Andrus 2 (25), I. Kiner-Falefa (2), D. DeShields (16)
          FIELDING
          • E - R. Odor (10)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Allard (W, 1-0)5.24333504.501.3014.5
          E. Clase (H, 1)0.12000101.590.88-1.5
          R. Montero (H, 2)2.00000401.500.838.0
          J. Leclerc1.00001304.271.253.5
          Total9.06334130---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Allard (W, 1-0)5.2
          E. Clase (H, 1)0.1
          R. Montero (H, 2)2.0
          J. Leclerc1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Reid-Foley (L, 2-3)3.14333303.001.57-4.5
          B. Boshers0.11110108.531.89-1.5
          Z. Godley2.12112206.421.542.0
          N. Ramirez1.23220325.591.55-0.5
          J. Shafer1.10002002.051.521.0
          Total9.01077792---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Reid-Foley (L, 2-3)3.1
          B. Boshers0.1
          Z. Godley2.1
          N. Ramirez1.2
          J. Shafer1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - E. Clase, J. Leclerc (7)
          • HBP - K. Allard
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Allard 91-59, E. Clase 17-9, R. Montero 29-19, J. Leclerc 18-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Allard 6-7, R. Montero 1-1
          • Batters Faced - K. Allard 26, E. Clase 3, R. Montero 6, J. Leclerc 4
          PITCHING
          • HBP - S. Reid-Foley (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Reid-Foley 88-56, B. Boshers 8-5, Z. Godley 43-25, N. Ramirez 30-22, J. Shafer 29-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Reid-Foley 5-2, Z. Godley 1-4, N. Ramirez 1-1, J. Shafer 1-3
          • Batters Faced - S. Reid-Foley 18, B. Boshers 2, Z. Godley 11, N. Ramirez 8, J. Shafer 6
          • 8TH INNING
            Santana homered to right73
          • 7TH INNING
            Mazara homered to right63
          • 6TH INNING
            Jansen singled to left, Tellez scored53
            Hernandez scored, Tellez to second on wild pitch52
            Andrus doubled to deep right, Santana scored51
          • 4TH INNING
            Drury reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Grichuk scored, Tellez out at second41
            Andrus singled to right, Santana scored40
            Santana doubled to deep left, Kiner-Falefa and DeShields scored30
          • 2ND INNING
            DeShields singled to center, Mazara scored, Kiner-Falefa to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • J. Shafer Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Odor fouled out to third
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa lined out to right
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, DeShields walked
            • J. Trevino: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Trevino reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, DeShields out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jose Leclerc relieved Rafael Montero
            • D. Jansen: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jansen struck out swinging
            • B. Bichette: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bichette struck out swinging
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Biggio walked
            • V. Guerrero: Ball, Biggio to second on wild pitch, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Guerrero struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • N. Ramirez Pitching:
            • J. Trevino: Ball, Strike looking, Trevino grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
            • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana homered to right
            • El. Andrus: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Andrus reached on an infield single to third
            • Justin Shafer relieved Neil Ramirez
            • W. Calhoun: Ball, Andrus stole second, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Calhoun walked
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Mazara flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Montero Pitching:
            • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Ball, Tellez flied out to left
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
            • D. Fisher: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Neil Ramirez relieved Zack Godley
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Mazara homered to right
            • R. Odor: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Odor popped out to catcher
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa struck out swinging
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Rafael Montero relieved Emmanuel Clase
            • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Guerrero grounded out to third
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Z. Godley Pitching:
            • J. Trevino: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Trevino struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Choo walked
            • D. Santana: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Santana reached on fielder's choice to first, Choo out at second
            • El. Andrus: Ball, Strike swinging, Andrus doubled to deep right, Santana scored
            • W. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun flied out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Allard Pitching:
            • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hernandez walked
            • R. Tellez: Foul, Tellez singled to right, Hernandez to second
            • B. Drury: Ball, Ball, Drury flied out to right
            • D. Fisher: Ball, Fisher lined out to right, Hernandez to third
            • Emmanuel Clase relieved Kolby Allard
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Hernandez scored, Tellez to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Jansen singled to left, Tellez scored
            • B. Bichette: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bichette doubled to right, Jansen to third
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Biggio struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Z. Godley Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Mazara fouled out to third
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Odor lined out to shortstop
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kiner-Falefa walked
            • D. DeShields: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, DeShields struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Allard Pitching:
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Jansen singled to left
            • B. Bichette: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bichette flied out to deep center
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Biggio safe at first on 2nd baseman Odor fielding error, Jansen to second
            • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Foul, Guerrero lined out to right
            • R. Grichuk: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Grichuk struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Reid-Foley Pitching:
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa walked
            • D. DeShields: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Kiner-Falefa stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, DeShields walked
            • J. Trevino: Ball, Ball, Trevino flied out to deep center, Kiner-Falefa to third
            • Buddy Boshers relieved Sean Reid-Foley
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, DeShields stole second, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Santana doubled to deep left, Kiner-Falefa and DeShields scored
            • Zack Godley relieved Buddy Boshers
            • El. Andrus: Andrus singled to right, Santana scored
            • W. Calhoun: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Calhoun popped out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Allard Pitching:
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk tripled to deep right
            • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • R. Tellez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Tellez hit by pitch
            • B. Drury: Strike swinging, Drury reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Grichuk scored, Tellez out at second
            • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Reid-Foley Pitching:
            • El. Andrus: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Andrus grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun grounded out to second
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mazara hit by pitch
            • R. Odor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Odor grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Allard Pitching:
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Ball, Jansen grounded out to third
            • B. Bichette: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bichette struck out swinging
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Biggio doubled to deep right
            • V. Guerrero: Guerrero grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Reid-Foley Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Mazara doubled to shallow left
            • R. Odor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kiner-Falefa singled to right, Mazara to third
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, DeShields singled to center, Mazara scored, Kiner-Falefa to second
            • J. Trevino: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Trevino struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choo walked, Kiner-Falefa to third, DeShields to second
            • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Santana grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Allard Pitching:
            • R. Tellez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Tellez flied out to left
            • B. Drury: Ball, Drury flied out to deep left
            • D. Fisher: Fisher grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Reid-Foley Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Choo grounded out to second
            • D. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • El. Andrus: Andrus singled to right center
            • W. Calhoun: Ball, Andrus stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Calhoun popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Allard Pitching:
            • B. Bichette: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bichette grounded out to first
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Biggio walked
            • V. Guerrero: Foul, Guerrero flied out to deep center, Biggio to second
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Grichuk walked
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Hernandez struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)