Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 6, Rangers 1

June, 7, 2013
6/07/13
8:23
PM CT


The Texas Rangers led early, but the Toronto Blue Jays exploded for six unanswered runs to win 6-1 on Friday night at the Rogers Centre in the opener of a three-game series.

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Rangers score first: The Rangers have lost back-to-back games when scoring first after losing only five times when taking an early lead before these past two games. Adrian Beltre produced the Rangers' only run in the game in the first inning with an RBI single to score Jurickson Profar.

Sixth inning gets Tepesch: Rookie Nick Tepesch had the Rangers locked in a 1-1 game going into the bottom of the sixth when everything fell apart. Tepesch hit Munenori Kawasaki with a pitch and he lost his groove from there. Melky Cabrera followed with a soft single and Jose Bautista walked to load the bases. Edwin Encarnacion then ripped a sinker for a two-run double for a 3-1 lead. The Jays picked up a pair of sacrifice flies from Adam Lind and J.P. Arencibia for a 5-1 lead.

Rangers whiff a lot: Rangers hitters combined for 13 strikeouts against a Toronto pitching staff that started Esmil Rogers, who was making his second start and had thrown a season-high 62 pitches. Rogers had six strikeouts in four innings. The Rangers had three at-bats with runners in scoring position and left three men on base.

Berkman, Cruz sit: Designated hitter Lance Berkman, mired in a 2-for-20 slump, received a much-needed night off. Right fielder Nelson Cruz had a 10-game hitting streak snapped in Thursday's 6-3 loss to Boston and got a night off on the bad turf in Toronto.

McGuiness debuts: First baseman Chris McGuiness made his major league debut in place of the injured Mitch Moreland and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

At least it went fast: The Rangers and Blue Jays didn't waste any time getting Friday's game in, playing in 2 hours and 8 minutes.

Up next: The Rangers and Toronto move to daytime baseball with a 12:07 p.m. start. Right-hander Yu Darvish (7-2, 2.77 ERA) goes to the mound trying to end the Rangers' two-game losing streak while Toronto will counter with left-hander Mark Buehrle (2-4, 5.42 ERA). The game is on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.34 126 163
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .323
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 75
RA. Beltre 77
OPSA. Beltre .876
ERAC. Lewis 5.34
SOY. Darvish 182