Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 11, Rangers 5
The Rangers fell, 11-5, in Toronto with Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre sitting out. Matt Harrison struggled and was unable to get through the fourth inning. Some thoughts:
What it means: Texas drops to 17-8 and is now 9-3 on the road. They will fly to Cleveland and get an off day there tomorrow.
Two straight losses: The Rangers lost for the second straight game for the first time all season. The last time they lost at least two in a row in the regular season was Aug. 23-25, when they lost the final three games of a four-game series in Arlington against Boston (last time they lost two straight overall was World Series Game 6 and 7, of course). Pretty impressive run.
Harrison struggles (again): Matt Harrison didn't last four innings, giving up eight runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. His ERA is now 5.40. After just three starts, it was one of the best ERAs in the league. Harrison wasn't able to fool the Blue Jay hitters and did something he avoided for much of last season: gave up a big inning. Toronto scored six runs in the fourth inning. That's the second rough outing in a row for Harrison, who gave up seven runs (six earned) to Tampa Bay on 14 hits in five innings in his last start. So he's allowed 22 hits in his last 8 1/3 innings to go along with 14 earned runs. Not good.
Big inning rare for Harrison: The last time Harrison allowed five or more runs in the same inning was April 27, 2011, to these same Toronto Blue Jays. That time it was in Arlington. He lasted just three innings that night. After that, he allowed five or more earned runs in an entire start just twice.
|Ron Washington discusses Matt Harrison's location struggles and the Rangers' health following an 11-5 loss in Toronto. |
Nice picks: Mike Napoli played first base (and said his eye was fine after having an ocular migraine). He made two great picks on bouncing throws off the turf. Napoli seems to get better and better at first.
Andrus aggressive: Elvis Andrus went from first to third in the first inning to put runners at second and third with one out. But Andrus tried to score on a ground ball to short and was thrown out. He stayed in a rundown long enough to get Michael Young to third, but the Rangers didn't score in the inning.
Andrus still hot: Andrus continues to swing the bat well. He had a two-run double in the fifth inning and had his ninth multi-hit game of the season. That includes three straight against the Blue Jays. Andrus was 7-for-14 with four RBIs in this series.
Feldman gives up three: Scott Feldman came in and had a couple of scoreless innings before running into trouble in the sixth. He gave up a single, a walk and then a three-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion to turn an 8-5 game into an 11-5 affair.
Tidbits: The Rangers are off Thursday in Cleveland before playing three games against the Tribe. It's their only off day until May 24, following a six-game road trip to Houston and Seattle. ... This is the second series loss for the Rangers this season and the second straight after falling to Tampa Bay in two out of three.
Up next: Texas faces Cleveland on Friday with Colby Lewis on the mound. They'll play two night games Friday and Saturday and a day game Sunday before heading to Baltimore for four games.
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