American League Game Summary - Toronto at Texas|
(Thursday, June 13th)
Final Score: Toronto 3, Texas 1
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Edwin Encarnacion's two-out double in the top
of seventh snapped a tie game and lifted the Toronto Blue Jays to a 3-1
victory over the Texas Rangers in the opener of a four-game set.
Neal Cotts (2-1) put a runner on third, and Tanner Scheppers took over on the
mound and walked Jose Bautista. Encarnacion then ripped the first pitch he saw
into the gap past a diving Leonys Martin and both runners came home to put
Toronto ahead for good.
"I was just looking for my pitch, a fastball," Encarnacion said. "He's a great
pitcher, so I was looking for something in the strike zone, and I was
aggressive right from the beginning."
Casey Janssen preserved the lead with a perfect ninth to notch his 14th save
and send Toronto to its fifth victory in seven contests.
Esmil Rogers (2-2) picked up the victory with seven innings of one-run ball.
He allowed five hits and walked just one.
Yu Darvish struck out nine and scattered three hits and one run over seven
innings, but went a fourth straight start without factoring into the decision.
Nelson Cruz's homer accounted for Texas' only offense.
"We know we can do a lot better than we've done," said Texas third baseman
Adrian Beltre. "We haven't done that lately in these last 10 games or so."
Scoring opportunities were far and few between, with Darvish retiring the last
10 batters he faced and Rogers giving up only a single over his final three
innings of work.
The Blue Jays were able to capitalize as soon as Texas manager Ron Washington
went to his bullpen in the eighth. Emilio Bonifacio reached on a throwing
error from Beltre to start the frame and moved to third following a bunt and
Bautista then got on with a walk prior to Encarnacion's go-ahead hit. Martin,
whose diving attempt fell short, injured his wrist on the play and was forced
to leave the game. X-rays were negative and he's considered day-to-day.
Texas struck first in the second when Cruz parked an offering from Rogers into
the right field seats, but Toronto countered in the top of the third.
Bonifacio walked to start the frame and move up a base when Darvish walked
Munenori Kawasaki. Melky Cabrera then sent a grounder into right field to
plate a run and tie the contest at 1-1.
After stranding David Murphy at second base in the first inning, Texas never
had another runner in scoring position the rest of the game ... It was Cruz's
16th homer of the season ... Toronto had just four hits ... Texas has lost
three in a row and six of its last eight.
06/14 02:13:51 ET