Texas Rangers: Instant Replay: Only thing worse than Rangers’ save percentage is recent record against Blue Jays

Instant replay and observations from the Rangers’ 7-6 loss to Toronto Monday:

What you need to know: The Ramgers seemed cursed by the Blue Jays. Texas is now 9-21 against Toronto since 2013, its worst winning percentage against any opponent. This game was particularly painful, as Texas battled back and had a 6-5 lead heading into the ninth inning. Matt Bush allowed two runs on three hits as Texas started a pretty big series with a gut-wrenching loss.

Dude of the day: Kendrys Morales came up big for the Blue Jays with the game-winning hit in the ninth inning.

Rotation report: Austin Bibens-Dirkx didn’t have a great pitching line, allowing five runs on five hits and a walk in five innings pitched. However, the elderly rookie did one very important thing. After allowing four runs in a 37-pitch fourth inning, Bibens-Dirkx watched his teammates hand him the lead back.¬†

He then went out and mowed down the Blue Jays in order in the fifth inning, and handed the ball to the bullpen with a some serious momentum. 

Tanner Scheppers scuffled in his return to the mound, but he got through one and two-thirds innings and struck out Bautista to earn a huge cheer from the crowd. Dario Alvarez and Jose Leclerc held the one-run lead until Bush lost it in the ninth.

Did you know? Matt Bush blew another save. Texas is 11-for-24 (45.8 percent) in save situations, and its 13 blown saves is tied for worst in the American League.


— Texas has dropped 7 of 10 at home. They are now 12-15 in games decided in the seventh inning or later.

— Adrian Beltre had a three-run double in the fourth inning. He now has 1,583 career RBI, tied for 36th with Harmon Killebrew.

— Elvis Andrus busted out of an 0-for-10 drought. He had two hits, including a single with the bases loaded. He is now 36 for 106 with the bases loaded, for a .340 average. That’s fourth all-time in Rangers history, behind Rudty Greer (.418), Mitch Moreland (.359) and Ivan Rodriguez (.351).

— Former Ranger Justin…

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