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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.

OTHER STUFF

— 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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