Hyun Jin Ryu threw a three-hitter for his third career shutout and Danny Jansen hit a home run for Toronto to lead the Blue Jays to a 5-0 win over the Texas Rangers in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday.
Ryu (9-5) went the full seven innings, striking out four and walking one in his first shutout since May 7, 2019 with the Los Angeles Dodgers against Atlanta.
“During the bullpen sessions I had before the All-Star break, I talked with (pitching coach) Pete (Walker) and we discussed how my arm slot and release point had been dropping a bit,” Ryu said through a translator. “Today I was able to get on top again and that resulted in the changeup and the rest of my pitches to be a little faster than normal.”
The Blue Jays, winners of three straight, took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI groundout by Marcus Semien and a run-scoring single by Bo Bichette. Jansen led off the fifth inning with his fifth homer and Randal Grichuk added a sixth-inning sacrifice fly to provide insurance.
Kolby Allard (2-6) allowed five runs, seven hits and a walk over 5 1/3 innings for Texas, which has lost four in a row and eight of its last 11.
Ryu escaped trouble in the second inning with the game still scoreless. He allowed a leadoff triple to Joey Gallo but struck out John Hicks and induced a soft infield popout by Eli White before fanning David Dahl to end the threat.
The game took 1 hour, 48 minutes, the shortest game this season in the major leagues. Detroit and the Chicago White Sox played a doubleheader opener in 1:50 on April 29.
The Blue Jays, who received approval Friday from the Canadian federal government to return home later this month, changed the paint scheme on the dugouts at their temporary home to read “Thank You Buffalo” and include the logo of the Buffalo Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate they displaced this season.
While attendance hadn’t been announced for the doubleheader, it appeared that the twin bill drew the largest crowd of the Blue Jays’ tenure at Sahlen Field. The Jays’ previous largest home crowd of the season was 10,100 on Friday night.
Rangers: RHP Demarcus Evans was called up from Triple-A Round Rock as the 27th man for the doubleheader.
Blue Jays: IF Breyvic Valera, who was batting .313 in 41 games at Buffalo, was selected to the major league roster. OF Jonathan Davis was optioned to Buffalo, but was the 27th man for the twin bill. LHP Nick Allgeyer, who appeared in 11 games for Buffalo and one with Toronto, was designated for assignment.
Rangers: C Jose Trevino (right forearm contusion) is 3 for 7 in two games so far in his rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco. Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Trevino is healthy enough to be activated in the next week, but needs to continue work on his timing. … C Sam Huff (right knee surgery) was activated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Round Rock. To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Tyler Phillips, who was with Round Rock, was designated for assignment.
Rangers RHP Mike Foltynewicz (2-8, 5.11 ERA) takes on Blue Jays LHP Steven Matz (7-4, 4.72) in the second game of the doubleheader.