Blue Jays homer twice off Hamels in 1st, beat Rangers 7-4

Steve Pearce didn’t want to wait around for Cole Hamels’ confounding changeup.
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Pearce homered on the first pitch of the game, Kendrys Morales added a three-run shot in the first inning and the Blue Jays beat the Rangers 7-4 on Sunday.

With the Robin Salo Jersey bases loaded and the Blue Jays leading 7-3 in the seventh, Ryan Tepera struck out Adrian Beltre and got Gallo on an inning-ending popout .

Robert Osuna retired four straight for his fourth save after hitting Rougned Odor with a pitch to load the bases in the eighth.

We had to burn through our bullpen pretty good, Toronto manager John Gibbons said. You never like to do that this time of year so you won’t see that often probably. But he shut it down.
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Jakob Poeltl scored 10 points as the Raptors set franchise records for wins in a season (57) and home wins (33).

We’ve got home-court advantage throughout the [East] playoffs, DeRozan said, so let’s use that to our advantage.

The Raptors have lost to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in each of the past two postseasons, including a conference finals defeat two years ago and a second-round exit last spring.

Toronto is the seventh different team in as many years to finish first in the East, following Chicago, Miami, Indiana, Atlanta, Cleveland and Boston. Still, James’ team has represented the East in the NBA Finals in each of those years.

Kyle Lowry had nine points and nine assists, and Jonas Valanciunas added 12 rebounds for Toronto, which never trailed in its ninth consecutive home victory over the Pacers. Toronto also locked up its fourth Atlantic Division title in the past five years.

The journey is not over, Lowry said.

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