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Blue Jays rally from 7-0 deficit to edge Rangers

Apr 8, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Texas Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien (2) scores a run on a wild pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre . Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit the go-ahead double in the seventh inning and the Toronto Blue Jays overcame a 7-0 deficit Friday night to defeat the visiting Texas Rangers, 10-8.

Teoscar Hernandez hit a three-run homer for the Blue Jays and Danny Jansen had a solo shot on opening night in Toronto.

Mitch Garver hit a two-run home run for the Rangers, and Brad Miller and Adolis Garcia added solo shots.

Texas starter Jon Gray allowed three runs, three hits and two walks while striking out four in four innings.

Toronto starter Jose Berrios lasted one-third of an inning, allowing four runs, three hits (one home run), two walks and a hit batter.

Miller led off the first inning with a home run to left center. Former Blue Jay Marcus Semien walked, Corey Seager singled, Semien scored on a wild pitch, Garver walked and Nathaniel Lowe hit an RBI single. After Kole Calhoun was hit by a pitch, Tayler Saucedo replaced Berrios and allowed an RBI fielder’s choice grounder by Andy Ibanez.

Seager doubled and Garver homered in the second inning.

The lead reached 7-0 in the fourth after Trent Thornton walked Seager and allowed singles to Garver and Lowe.

Toronto scored three in the bottom of the fourth. George Springer walked, Bo Bichette singled and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit an RBI single. Hernandez walked and a run scored on Gurriel’s fielder’s choice grounder. Alejandro Kirk hit a sacrifice fly.

Toronto tied the game in the fifth. John King gave up a walk and a single with two out, Josh Sborz allowed Guerrero’s RBI single and Hernandez’s homer.

Toronto took an 8-7 lead when Sborz walked Jansen with two out and Santiago Espinal doubled him home in the sixth.

Garcia’s homer in the seventh against Adam Cimber (1-0) tied the game.

Toronto took a 9-8 lead in the bottom of the seventh when Dennis Santana (0-1) walked Hernandez with two out and allowed Gurriel’s RBI double.

Yimi Garcia pitched around a walk in the top of the eighth.

Jansen homered against Greg Holland in the bottom of the eighth.

Jordan Romano pitched a perfect ninth, helped by Gurriel’s sliding catch in left field, to earn the save.

–Field Level Media