Matt Garza set down the Blue Jays first nine hitters before the home runs came.
Texas has lost five in a row for the first time this year, and six of seven since a 10-game winning streak.
Texas right fielder Shin-soo Choo welcomed Estrada to the game by depositing the right-hander's first offering over the centre field wall, giving the Rangers a quick 1-0 lead. He stands 3-2 with a 3.30 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 70/16 K/BB ratio over 62 2/3 innings (10 starts) this season. Toronto RHP Marco Estrada (3-2, 3.30 ERA) will face Texas RHP Yu Darvish (5-2, 2.83) on Saturday in the second game of the three-game series.
Toronto has not started the season like they've wanted as they now sit in last place in the AL East with a 21-26 record, and while the Rangers are second in the AL West and fresh off a 10-game winning streak in recent weeks, they are coming off being swept in Boston.
Donaldson got lucky previous year in Kansas City, as Herrera's pitch caught some of the ear flap on his batting helmet before clipping him in the jaw, absorbing some of the impact from a frightening blow.
Donaldson certainly got tested both physically and mentally right out of the gate Friday, hustling into second on a double in his first at-bat, scooting over to third on a Jose Baustista groundout and then scampering back and forth at third with the Rangers shifted defensively for Kendrys Morales. "Anytime you have that ratio, it becomes a challenge", manager Jeff Banister said. We've got our team back. In the fourth, Rougned Odor singled and Ryan Rua doubled with two outs but Joey Gallo struck out looking to end the inning. Sam Dyson pitched a flawless seventh but ran into trouble in the eighth.
"You can feel it in the clubhouse, you can feel it on the field, you can feel it in the crowd", said Travis.
"I hit the floor, and I couldn't breathe", Hoying said.
Toronto is 8-2 against AL West opponents.
The Rangers pulled to within three when Napoli started the fourth with a single to left and moved to second on a Bolsinger wild pitch. The Rangers claimed 1B-OF Peter O'Brien, no relation to the former Rangers slugger, from Cincinnati. To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Tyson Ross was moved to 60 day DL. Ross can be activated June 1.
Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis had a monster day at the plate on Friday, going 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI.
"The good news I put myself through stuff like that before I even got here", he said, who returned from rehab in Florida along with short stop Troy Tulowitzki on Friday.
Griffin, who allowed three hits, two walks and four runs while striking out two in 1 1/3 innings, was replaced by Austin Bibens-Dirkx.