Thursday, June 13, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 3, Rangers 1
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers' hitting woes continued and Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion had a two-out, two-run double in the top of the eighth to win it 3-1 for the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night at Rangers Ballpark.
Darvish let down: Yu Darvish is now winless in five starts and picked up his fourth no decision despite allowing one run in seven innings. Darvish did let the Blue Jays put an inning together, letting the bottom of the Toronto lineup beat him. He gave up a leadoff single to Emilio Bonifacio and walked No. 9 hitter Munenori Kawasaki to put runners on first and second. Melky Cabrera tied the game with a single to right field. Darvish has received one or no runs of support in four of his past five starts.
Rangers help Rogers: Toronto starter Esmil Rogers made his third start this season on Thursday, coming off a four-inning outing against the Rangers this past weekend. This time the Rangers helped Rogers go seven innings, making him throw only 93 pitches, 17 fewer than it took Darvish to go seven innings. The Rangers scored their only run on a home run by Nelson Cruz. Otherwise, they had four singles off Rogers, who had only one strikeout and one walk.
Eighth-inning blues: A rare error by third baseman Adrian Beltre opened up the door for the Blue Jays to take the lead in the top of the eighth. Beltre threw wildly up the first-base line after making a backhanded stop, putting Bonifacio on first base. After a sacrifice bunt and a groundout, Jose Bautista drew a two-out walk against Neal Cotts. Rangers manager Ron Washington went to setup man Tanner Scheppers, who has been a standout out of the bullpen for the Rangers. But Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion got the best of him, ripping a two-run double into center field for a 3-1 lead. Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin tried to make a diving catch on the play and rolled on top of his left wrist, resulting in a mild sprain. Martin is day-to-day, but he said he doesn't expect to go on the disabled list. He said the wrist stiffened up and he couldn't move it. "I hurt it a little bit," Martin said. "I don't think it's too serious."
Rangers' threat dies: The Rangers tried to bounce back in the bottom of the eighth as Elvis Andrus had a two-out single. But the struggling David Murphy struck out to end the inning. In fact, Jays reliever Steve Delabar struck out the side for Toronto.
Cruz bright spot: Nelson Cruz, who had three strikeouts the night before, provided the only bright spot offensively with his 16th home run in the bottom of the second for a 1-0 lead.
Up next: The Rangers continue a four-game series as right-hander Justin Grimm (5-4, 5.25) takes on Mark Buehrle (2-4, 5.06) on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. on Ch. 21. The Jays have switched their pitchers for the final two games. On Saturday, Rangers right-hander Josh Lindblom (0-1, 5.91) goes against right-hander R.A. Dickey (5-8, 5.11) at 3:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest; and on Sunday, Rangers left-hander Derek Holland (5-3, 3.11) opposes Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson (0-2, 5.40) at 2:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest. All games are broadcast on the radio at ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM.