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Jays' Stroman still looking for first win

Jays' Stroman still looking for first win

"I just need to be better overall", he said.

It's been a frustrating first month of the season for Texas, who has struggled out of the gate and faded into near irrelevance.

Marcus Stroman's bid to get himself - and the Toronto Blue Jays starting pitching staff for that matter - out of a rut hit a snag Friday night against the Texas Rangers at Rogers Centre.

Perez (2-3) went four innings, allowing four earned on five hits while striking out two and walking four.

The Jays banged out eight hits in the first three innings, including five extra-base hits, plus a hit-by-pitch, yet managed to score just the four runs to temporarily tie the contest at the same time that Stroman had temporarily righted the ship.

On a day when the Blue Jays bullpen needed a break, J.A. Happ tossed seven innings, allowing just two earned runs as Toronto snapped a four game skid with a 7-2 win over the Texas Rangers. Garcia is 2-1 with a 5.74 ERA, a 1.60 WHIP, six walks and 16 strikeouts over 15.2 innings in his last three starts. He was thrown out on the basepaths twice - at home plate in the first and at third in the third inning - and stretched a single into a double in the fifth, thanks to an off-line throw from Gallo in left field.

As Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said, "it was one of those odd days". "I want to get back to being elite, so it's back to the drawing board". I'm not the fastest foot anyways so I have to be better at that. "I think me being aggressive, getting strike one is usually a good thing for me".

Gibbons said those base-running blunders could have made the difference in the game. "We didn't play good, and it was primarily baserunning. But that's really the first game (in 2018) it's looked like that". He threw 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts in a game the Rangers lost 9-7.

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There is no question the ERA for Stroman will come down to a more respectable level, unfortunately, Toronto needs him to be an ace not just another guy who pitches every fifth day.

Toronto chipped away with runs in the first, second and third to tie the game 4-4.

In the bottom of the inning, Teoscar Hernandez scored from third on a Justin Smoak blooper to right. In the second inning, Russell Martin almost got caught advancing to third base on a wild pitch but was ruled safe on a Blue Jays replay challenge. Texas starter Mike Minor hit Aledmys Diaz with a pitch and both Martin and Diaz scored on a two-out double by Steve Pearce. He was initially called out before a video review overturned the umpire's decision.

In the third inning, Kevin Pillar bounced a fly ball single over the head of Gallo for a play that was scored a three-base hit.

Smoak said his team wouldn't be bothered by its three-game slide. He said he feels physically strong, and Gibbons sees positives from the 26-year-old despite the results.

Really, no team sets out to play the kind of game that unfolded at Rogers Centre Friday night.

5-The Blue Jays announced after the game that Josh Donaldson (shoulder inflammation) will begin a rehab assignment Saturday as the DH for High-A Dunedin.