Saturday, June 15, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 6, Rangers 1
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers extended their season-long losing streak to five games with a 6-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon at Rangers Ballpark.
The Rangers have scored six runs in five games. It's the first time the Rangers have scored two or less runs in five straight games since Sept. 2009.
June swoon: The Rangers are 4-10 in June after winning 17 games each in April and May. The Rangers have the second-worst record in the majors this month behind the New York Mets, who are 2-9 in June. Texas needs to go 11-3 for the rest of June to have a winning month.
Finally: The Rangers ended a 21-inning scoreless streak by scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth to cut Toronto's lead to 4-1. Nelson Cruz and David Murphy had bloop singles with one out to start the rally. Chris McGuiness followed with a solid single to right field to load the bases and gave the Rangers three consecutive hits for the first time in six games. Leonys Martin followed with a fielder's choice groundout to second that scored Cruz. The Rangers' chance to add runs in the inning fell apart on Ian Kinsler's fly ball to center field for the third out.
Back to stranding runners: The Rangers didn't have many chances with runners in scoring position for the first two games of this series -- they had three at-bats -- but they made up for that on Saturday by leaving 10 runners on base. That included leaving the bases loaded in the fourth inning when McGuiness struck out on three pitches. The Rangers are 16-for-100 with runners in scoring position for their past 14 games. That's a paltry .160 batting average.
Homers bury Rangers: Starting pitcher Josh Lindblom allowed only four hits in six innings. Not bad, except two of them were home runs. The way the Rangers are swinging the bats these days, Lindblom had to keep the ball in the park. Adam Lind gave Toronto a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a two-out, two-run homer to right field, forcing the Rangers to come from behind again. Lindblom's second homer allowed, a two-run shot by Colby Rasmus with one out in the fourth inning, gave Toronto a 4-0 lead.
Ross shines: Left-handed reliever Robbie Ross continued to bounce back from a rough stretch out of the bullpen with 1⅔ shutout innings. He allowed a one-out walk in the eighth inning that showed to be a strike on pitch tracker.
Up next: The Rangers try to avoid a four-game sweep by Toronto on Sunday afternoon when left-hander Derek Holland (5-3, 3.11 ERA) faces Blue Jays right-hander Chien-Ming Wang (0-0, 6.14 ERA) at 2:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.