Blue Jays attack subdued by Gibson as Rangers claim rubber game
Kyle Gibson bounced back from a horrific start to the opening day for Texas by striking out eight in six scoreless innings, and the Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 in the rubber game of their three-game streak on Wednesday. .
Nick Solak hit southpaw Hyun Jin Ryu (0-1), who struck out seven scoreless goals in seven innings.
Marcus Semien hit his third home run for the Blue Jays, a first shot in the eighth.
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Texas’ third reliever Ian Kennedy struck out three rounds in the ninth for his second save, both in less than 24 hours. The 36-year-old right-hander went to spring training on a minor league contract with Texas, which then lost potential relatives Jose Leclerc and Jonathan Hernandez to injuries.
Gibson got one out against the Blue Jays on Semien’s flyball left on the first court, and had five strikeouts the first time in sequence. Toronto had the goals loaded with an out in the fifth after Semien stepped in before Cavan Biggio went down in a double play.
Solak led the Rangers second with his first homer this season, shooting a 404-foot shot into the second left bridge. Receiver Jose Trevino hit a field single later in the inning and scored when Leody Taveras blooped a single with a broken bat to the right.