Final Score: Toronto 6, Texas 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a solo home run
and two RBI as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers, 6-1, in the
opener of a three-game series at Rogers Centre.
Edwin Encarnacion had a pair of RBI as well while Adam Lind and J.P. Arencibia
each contributed with an RBI for the Blue Jays, who meet the Rangers six more
times in the next nine days.
Neil Wagner (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief to earn his first career
win. Toronto's bullpen was stellar with four pitchers combining to allow just
one hit over five innings.
"They've been on a nice little roll," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of
the bullpen. "We have some different ways we can attack you with some lefties
and some righties. They're kind of feeding off themselves right now."
Nick Tepesch (3-5) yielded a season-high six runs on five hits with six
strikeouts over seven frames. The right-hander is winless in his last four
starts with his team only scoring six runs in those outings.
"He was good except for that sixth inning," Rangers manager Ron Washington
said of Tepesch. "It's a good learning experiencing for the kid. He just has
to learn to continue to execute as long as he has a chance to stay in the
With the game tied at 1-1, the Blue Jays used a four-run sixth inning to open
up the game.
Munenori Kawasaki was hit by a pitch to start the inning, followed by a
Cabrera single and a Jose Bautista walk to load the bases with no outs.
Encarnacion's two-run double broke the tie.
Lind and Arencibia hit back-to-back sacrifice flies to increase the lead
Toronto added another run in the seventh on Cabrera's third hit of the night,
a single to right, to bring in Kawasaki all the way from first.
The Rangers' lone run came in the first when Adrian Beltre singled to center
to score Jurickson Profar, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Profar
singled and advanced to second on a balk to get in scoring position.
Cabrera homered in the fourth to tie it.
Blue Jays starter Esmil Rogers threw four effective innings surrendering just
one run on three hits and striking out six. This was his second start of the
season after being used mostly as a reliever.
Rogers' 13 1/3 scoreless-innings streak came to an end in the first ... Blue
Jays reliever Aaron Loup has not walked a batter in 13 straight innings ...
Texas was 1-for-3 with RISP ... Toronto's bullpen has gone 17 2/3 innings
without allowing a run.
06/08 00:35:41 ET
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