Marcus Stroman’s gem lifts Blue Jays over Rangers

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Marcus Stroman pitched seven shutout frames while Dan Johnson drove in two runs to carry the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers Saturday at Rogers Centre.

Stroman (5-2) gave up four hits with no walks and five strikeouts to help the Blue Jays (50-48) snap a three-game losing skid. Aaron Loup pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save of the season.

Colby Lewis (6-7) took the loss after yielding two runs on eight hits with three walks and five strikeouts in five innings for the Rangers (39-58), who successfully challenged a bang-bang play at second base in the third inning.

With Jose Reyes on first after reaching on an infield single to lead off the bottom half of the frame, Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus fielded a grounder off the bat of Munenori Kawasaki and scurried over to second for the forceout.

Andrus touched the bag just before Reyes slid in, and fell over him as he threw to first base to nail Kawasaki. Second-base umpire Chris Conroy, however, ruled Reyes safe on the play.

Andrus immediately signaled to the dugout that he beat Reyes to the bag, which prompted manager Ron Washington to come out and challenge the play. After a one-minute and one-second review, the call was overturned.

However, it was all Blue Jays from there as Johnson doubled to deep right center, plating Colby Rasmus for a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Johnson later scored on an infield single by Kawasaki to double their lead.

In the seventh, Dioner Navarro hit a run-scoring single before Johnson added an RBI sacrifice fly for a 4-0 lead.

The Rangers avoided a shutout when Andrus hit an RBI single in the eighth.

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