Gallardo pitches Rangers to ALDS victory over Blue Jays

Thu Oct 8, 2015 9:01pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer while Rougned Odor added a solo shot as the Texas Rangers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Thursday in the opener of their American League Division Series.

Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo allowed four hits, one walk and two runs and struck out one in five innings to post his fourth win in four career starts against the Blue Jays.

"The ball was up in the zone a little bit but we stayed with the game plan and got some ground balls whenever I needed to and limited the damage," Gallardo said.

Blue Jays left-hander David Price allowed five hits that included two home runs and five runs in seven innings to run his post-season record to 1-6.

"I just didn't pitch the way I'm capable of," Price said.

"It was just nerves those first couple of pitches."

Both teams lost players to injury with Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre suffering a stiff lower back when he slid into second, while Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson took a knee in the head when he slid hard into second base in the fourth.

"He came out, precautionary, I think he got a little light-headed," Blue Jay manager John Gibbons said of Donaldson's injury. "They checked for a concussion and he apparently passed all the tests so that's good news."

Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista, who hit a solo homer, came out of the game after the eighth with a hamstring cramp but was expected to be okay for the second game on Friday.   Continued...

Oct 8, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor (top) forces out Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) on a fielder's choice in the fourth inning in game one of the ALDS at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports