Ronald Guzman hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Friday night.
Joey Gallo homered and scored twice and Nomar Mazara had three hits and two RBI as the Rangers won back-to-back games for the second time this season. Texas, which beat Oakland 4-2 on Wednesday, won consecutive 10-inning games at Houston on April 14 and 15.
Guzman broke a 4-4 tie with a single to left off Marcus Stroman (0-3), driving in Gallo and Mazara.
Steve Pearce hit a two-run double in the second, and Toronto tied it when Pillar tripled in the third on a broken-bat hit that bounced over Gallo’s head in left.
Stroman lost his left shoe as he broke to cover first on Jurickson Profar’s grounder in the third, but didn’t break stride and recorded the out.
Rangers: C Robinson Chirinos (left wrist) sat for the second straight game but is expected to return to the lineup Saturday and Sunday. The Rangers were off Thursday, meaning Chirinos will have had three days of rest once he returns. … Texas activated RHP Tony Barnette (back) off the 10-day disabled list and optioned RHP Jose Leclerc to Triple-A Round Rock.
Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson threw to the bases Friday at Toronto’s spring training facility in Florida. No date has been set for Donaldson to begin a rehab assignment. … RHP John Axford was reinstated from the bereavement list and LHP Tim Mayza was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo.
The Atlanta Hawks and coach Mike Budenholzer have mutually agreed to part ways.
Budenholzer, the 2014-15 NBA Coach of the Year, and the organization finalized terms of a split Wednesday night.
“I am grateful for the five years that I spent as coach of the Atlanta Hawks and will always cherish the incredible contributions, commitment and accomplishments of the players that I was fortunate enough to work with here,” Budenholzer told ESPN on Wednesday night. “From ownership to management, support staff to the community, I’ll look back with great pride on what we were able to achieve together with the Hawks.”
Considered one of the NBA’s best tacticians, Budenholzer also had been the Hawks’ president of basketball operations — until surrendering front-office control with the arrival of Schlenk in the spring of 2017.
Budenholzer earned his Coach of the Year honors after a 60-victory regular season with the Hawks and a trip to the 2015 Eastern Conference finals. The Hawks reached the playoffs in four of his first five seasons. Atlanta dropped to 24-58 this season, with the organization’s mandate to shed salary and gather draft picks and future assets.
He compiled a 230-219 overall record, which included a 17-22 postseason mark.