The Toronto Blue Jays aim for their first series sweep at home in nearly four months when they cap a three-game set with the reeling Texas Rangers on Wednesday. After a 19-4 shellacking to begin the series, the Blue Jays picked up a tidy 3-0 triumph in Tuesday's matchup.
Randal Grichuk, Teoscar Hernandez and Billy McKinney each hit solo homers to back a combined five-hit shutout as Toronto won for the 11th time in its last 16 games. The Rangers have lost six of seven and managed just 13 runs in that span as their offense has hit a wall. They'll try to get something going Wednesday against Sean Reid-Foley, who opposes lefty Kolby Allard for Texas. Toronto leads the season series 3-2 and has a chance to win it for the sixth time in the last seven years with a victory in the finale.
TV: 12:37 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FS Southwest (Texas), Sportsnet (Toronto)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers LH Kolby Allard (0-0, 4.15 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RH Sean Reid-Foley (2-2, 2.36)
Allard had a solid debut with the Rangers after coming over from Atlanta at the trade deadline, allowing two runs and three hits over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision at Milwaukee on Friday. The former first-round pick, who turned 22 on Tuesday, struck out seven Brewers while walking three. He will be facing the Blue Jays for the first time.
Reid-Foley will be making his fourth straight start and sixth on the year while seeking a second consecutive win. The 23-year-old limited the New York Yankees to one run over five innings in a victory Friday at home. He has never faced the Rangers and is 1-3 with a 4.88 ERA in his career at Rogers Centre.
1. The Rangers placed RHP Jesse Chavez (elbow) on the 10-day injured list and selected the contract of RHP David Carpenter from Triple-A Nashville.
2. The Blue Jays optioned RHP Brock Stewart to Triple-A Buffalo and recalled 1B Rowdy Tellez from Buffalo.
3. Hernandez has four home runs and seven RBIs over his last five games.