Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 6, Rangers 1
June, 7, 2013
By Todd Wills | ESPNDallas.com
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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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.