Sunday, May 27, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 12, Blue Jays 6
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers starter Yu Darvish walked the first batter on four pitches Sunday before settling down. It wasn't a dominating performance for the right-hander -- he was taken out after five innings -- but he did enough in a 12-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Rangers' bats came alive in the three-game sweep of the Blue Jays. At 30-18, Texas is now a season-high 12 games over .500.
How it happened: The Rangers jumped to a 7-0 lead in the second inning against Kyle Drabek. Mitch Moreland's bases-loaded walk in the frame drew the first run, and three of the next four batters had two-RBI at-bats. Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus doubled. After a Josh Hamilton pop-out, Adrian Beltre followed with a two-run homer to finish it off. The Rangers sent 11 batters to the plate and Michael Young recorded two hits in the inning -- a single and a double. The seven-run second was the most runs in an inning at home for the Rangers this season and the most in the regular season since they scored eight Sept. 14 against Cleveland.
What did Yu do?: He didn't have his best stuff, but Darvish completed five innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Darvish, who threw 93 pitches, hasn't pitched into the sixth inning in his last two starts. He went just four on May 21, his last start before Sunday, and left after 96 pitches with the Rangers trailing 5-0. He struck out five but walked six in that outing. Maybe the heat got to Darvish against Toronto -- the temperature hovered around the mid-80s during the game.
Droughts come to an end: Mike Napoli put out a few droughts Sunday. He snapped an 0-for-10 string with a third-inning single and also hit a two-run shot in the seventh, his first home run since April 25. Ian Kinsler also ended a homerless drought, sending one to left field in the third for his first since April 24. He finished with four RBI against the Blue Jays.
Rangers sweep: The Rangers picked up their third series sweep this season. The last home sweep for the Rangers came against Seattle last season. The two others sweeps this season came at Boston and at Minnesota during an eight-game winning streak in April.
Pitching concerns: Before the game, manager Ron Washington spoke about his bullpen availability, given the 13-inning win Saturday afternoon. Washington wasn't sure who was available, but he used Mark Lowe, Alexi Ogando and Yoshinori Tateyama. Ogando was taken out with two outs in the eighth inning after taking a line drive off his pitching hand. Team officials said X-rays were negative and that Ogando is day-to-day with a bruised hand. He gave up a home run to J.P. Arencibia and has now allowed a run in four of his last five games after going 15 1/3 scoreless innings. Tateyama relieved Ogando. Before Ogando suffered the bruise, Washington said the Rangers hadn't discussed moving him into the rotation with Neftali Feliz on the DL.
Bases and balls: At one point, Toronto reliever Jesse Chavez struck out five consecutive Rangers. ... Josh Hamilton and Mitch Moreland were the only Rangers without a hit, and Hamilton was the only one not to score. He went 0-for-5. ... Kinsler has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games. Kinsler, who scored twice, has 41 runs on the season, tops in the majors. ... There were six home runs in the game between the teams. ... The attendance was announced at 46,637, a sellout.
What's next? Matt Harrison (5-3, 4.72) faces Seattle's Kevin Millwood (3-4, 3.72) at 7:05 p.m. Monday.