Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rookie Osuna Earns Second Career Save as Blue Jays Edge Rangers 3-2

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rookie Osuna Earns Second Career Save as Blue Jays Edge Rangers 3-2

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Rookie Osuna leads Blue Jays past Rangers


TORONTO - Roberto Osuna relishes those high-pressure save situations.

So when the Toronto Blue Jays rookie -- and newly minted closer -- gave up a lead-off double in the ninth inning of Sunday's 3-2 win against the Texas Rangers, it didn't even faze him.

"I'm going to be honest -- nothing," Osuna said when asked what went through his mind after issuing the double to Rougned Odor. "What I thought was 'I've got to make better pitches' ... I just focused on the game."

Osuna did just that, getting two fly outs before closing it out with a three-pitch strikeout to Mitch Moreland for the second save of his career.

The 20-year-old right-hander came into the game with two out and two on in the eighth after Steve Delabar gave up a lead-off double and walk, and promptly struck out Shin-Soo Choo on three straight pitches to end the inning.

Osuna credits some of his success to his changeup, a pitch that catcher Russell Martin urged him to throw more during spring training.

On Sunday, he used an 83 mile-per-hour changeup -- after two straight 97 mile-per-hour fastballs -- to strike out Choo in the eighth, and turned to it again during Moreland's at-bat in the ninth.

"I think it's the best pitch I've got right now and I tried to use that a little bit more, especially today," Osuna said. "They were looking for the fastball so I gave them the changeup."

Drew Hutchison (8-1) struck out eight and gave up four hits, three walks and one unearned run over 5 2-3 innings for his fifth straight win.

Josh Donaldson hit a home run as the Blue Jays (41-36) took two-of-three games of the series and Devon Travis and Jose Reyes had an RBI apiece.

Elvis Andrus had three hits and an RBI and Adrian Beltre drove in a run for the Rangers (38-38).

Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-3) went six innings for Texas, allowing three earned runs on four hits and four walks.

"Hutchison was really good today getting out of some jams in a tight ball game. That was huge, that's why we won it," said Toronto manager John Gibbons. …

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