Kolby Allard pitched deep into this one but by that I mean that this game lasted only seven innings because it is 2021 and this was the first game of a doubleheader.
Allard also allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk in his 5 1⁄3 innings of work with the runs far outpacing what the Rangers’ lineup was capable of doing in the opener.
On the opposite side of the field, Jays starter Hyun Jin Ryu tossed a “complete game” shutout as the Rangers were smothered again on the other side of the All-Star break.
Texas will be aiming to avoid a series and doubleheader sweep in the second game but for now they’re a season-worst 22 games below .500.
Player of the Game: Joey Gallo hit a triple on a ball that George Springer beefed in CF. That was neat, I guess. Not neat? The Rangers collected all of three hits in Game 1.
Up Next: More of this in a couple of minutes with Texas turning to RHP Mike Foltynewicz to face LHP Steven Matz for Toronto in the Game 2 finale.