Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Yu Darvish struck out nine over seven strong
innings to remain undefeated in his rookie campaign, as the Texas Rangers
opened their three-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays with a 4-1 victory
Darvish (4-0) allowed one run on four hits and two walks, and Mitch Moreland
and Craig Gentry hit back-to-back solo home runs for Texas, which has
alternated wins and losses in its last five outings.
Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
Kyle Drabek (2-2) was the tough-luck loser, surrendering two runs on five
hits and two walks while fanning eight. Edwin Encarnacion homered in the
losing effort, Toronto's fifth in its last seven.
In the second inning, Adrian Beltre hit a leadoff double and moved to third on
David Murphy's fly ball. Nelson Cruz then smacked Drabek's 0-1 curveball off
the right-center field wall for an RBI double.
Ian Kinsler came around to score on Elvis Andrus' double after drawing a walk
an inning later.
After Toronto went 3 2/3 innings without a hit, Encarnacion got to Darvish in
the fourth, launching his 1-1 slider over the wall in left. It was the first
home run allowed by the Japanese import since he joined the Rangers.
But Moreland got the run back in the seventh, taking reliever Evan Crawford's
offering out to left, and Gentry lifted one into the left-field seats five
Encarnacion's home run ended a string of 14 consecutive scoreless innings by
Darvish...Encarnacion has 21 RBI on the season...Toronto was 0-for-5 with
runners in scoring position...Tuesday's second test features Neftali Feliz
(1-1) for Texas against Toronto's Drew Hutchison (1-0).
04/30 22:32:31 ET
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