Final Score: Toronto 7, Texas 2
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Chien-Ming Wang's terrific start and three
Toronto home runs capped the Blue Jays' four-game sweep, 7-2, and sent the
Texas Rangers to their longest losing streak in three years.
Wang (1-0) gave up seven hits in seven scoreless innings, struck out five and
walked two in picking up his first victory of the season.
"He has given us a big boost, and he's pitching great," said Blue Jays manager
John Gibbons. "This is his opportunity, and he's taking advantage of it."
Adam Lind hit a three-run homer, J.P. Arencibia added a two-run shot and Colby
Rasmus also went deep for the Jays, who have rattled off five straight wins
for the first time since July 8-15, 2011.
The Rangers have gone the other way and are in the midst of their first six-
game slide since April 15-21, 2010. Texas has not had a starting pitcher earn
a winning decision all month and has scored just eight runs during its skid.
"We're playing hard, but we're not getting it done," Texas catcher A.J.
Pierzynski said. "There's not much else to it. We're just not winning games.
There's no other way to put it."
Derek Holland (5-4) was charged with four runs on 10 hits over six-plus frames
to take the latest loss.
Arencibia launched a two-run blast into the first row of seats in left field
in the second inning, and Rasmus turned on a breaking ball and hit it off the
right-field foul pole to open the fourth for his third home run in as many
Wang, in his second start of the year, stranded a runner in scoring position
in the second, fourth, fifth and seventh innings. Edwin Encarnacion helped him
out in the fourth when he made a diving snag of Nelson Cruz's line drive down
the third-base line with runners on the corners.
The Jays added plenty insurance in the seventh. Melky Cabrera ended Holland's
outing with a leadoff double, and Jose Bautista greeted Kyle McClellan with an
RBI single. After Encarnacion walked, Lind took McClellan deep to right for a
Texas finally got on the board in the ninth when Elvis Andrus drove in a run
with an infield single. Ian Kinsler worked a walk with the bases loaded to
push another run across, but Neil Wagner got Adrian Beltre on a flyout to left
to finish off Toronto's first four-game sweep of the Rangers in Arlington.
Texas' rotation had received an MLB-low 1.97 runs of support per nine innings
in June coming in ... Texas recorded eight hits, extending a streak of 10 hits
or less to 15 consecutive games, the club's longest stretch since going 15
straight to begin the 1988 season ... The was the first time the Rangers were
swept in a four-game series at home since the Orioles pulled off the feat in
July 8-11, 2010 ... Rasmus has four home runs in his last six games ...
Arencibia has 14 home runs on the season ... The Blue Jays won six of the
seven games in the season series.
06/17 00:24:04 ET
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