Estrada, Blue Jays romp in ALDS opener at Texas, Bautista HR

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 07, 2016 11:28 AM
Estrada, Blue Jays romp in ALDS opener at Texas, Bautista HR
Toronto Blue Jays' Troy Tulowitzki (2) and Jose Bautista celebrate Bautista's three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the ninth inning of Game 1 of baseball's American League Division Series, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. The Blue Jays won 10-1. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Toronto's Marco Estrada held Texas scoreless into the ninth inning as the Blue Jays cruised to a 10-1 win over the Rangers on Thursday in the opening game of their American League Division Series.

Estrada's efforts were complemented by a strong offensive performance, punctuated by Jose Bautista's three-run homer.

Bautista, who infuriated Texas players with a provocative bat flip after his tiebreaking homer in the ALDS clincher last October, and who got punched in revenge the last time the Blue Jays played in Texas in May, drove in four runs. He drove in a run in Toronto's five-run third inning.

Bautista added a 425-foot blast in the ninth inning, and the Blue Jays slugger seemed to deliberately drop the bat softly near home plate.

Troy Tulowitzki hit a bases-loaded triple for the Blue Jays. Toronto has won four straight overall, including an 11-inning victory over Baltimore in the AL wild-card game.

Estrada, an All-Star this season, limited Texas to four hits but was removed after his shutout bid ended in the ninth.

Bautista was booed heartily during pregame introductions and while he batted in the first inning. There also were chants of "Rougie! Rougie!" — those were for Rougned Odor, the second baseman who punched Bautista and ignited a bench-clearing brawl in their last meeting May 15. Odor was suspended seven games.

By time Bautista led off the seventh with a walk, the ballpark was quiet with the Rangers down 7-0.

Texas starter Cole Hamels threw 42 of his 82 pitches in the third. He allowed seven runs (six earned) with three walks in just 3 1/3 innings.

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