American League Game Summary - Toronto at Texas|
(Friday, May 25th)
Final Score: Texas 14, Toronto 3
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Nelson Cruz finished 4-for-5 with a grand
slam and matched a career-high with eight RBI to pace an explosive offensive
night for the Texas Rangers as they pounded the Toronto Blue Jays, 14-3, in
the opener of a three-game set.
"Some guys work hard to get to get that many RBI in one month," Texas manager
Ron Washington said. "(Cruz) did it in one night."
Adrian Beltre had three hits, including a two-run single as part of a six-run
first inning. Mitch Moreland added two RBI while Yorvit Torrealba and Josh
Hamilton blasted solo home runs for the Rangers, who pounded out 18 hits as a
team and got back on the winning track after dropping two of three to Seattle.
Derek Holland (4-3) allowed just two runs on five hits and a walk while
fanning nine over 7 1/3 innings. Mark Lowe and Yoshinori Tateyama finished off
the rout for Texas.
Edwin Encarnacion smacked a homer and Jose Bautista added a two-run single for
the Blue Jays, who have lost three straight and four of five.
Brandon Morrow (5-3) didn't make it out of the first inning, as he was tagged
for six runs on five hits and three walks in just two-thirds of an inning.
Blue Jays catcher Jeff Mathis came on to pitch in the eighth and fared better
than Morrow by making it through the inning.
"This is very uncharacteristic of any of the starts he has had through the
season so far," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said of Morrow. "I'd like to
think this is the aberration."
Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus worked consecutive walks to start the first
inning and both men scored on a one-out single into right by Beltre. Michael
Young followed with a base hit, David Murphy walked to load the bases and Cruz
brought everybody home with a double over the head of center fielder Colby
Rasmus to make it 5-0 Texas. After Torrealba grounded out, Moreland capped the
scoring with a base hit up the middle to bring home Cruz.
Hamilton added to the Rangers' big lead in the second when he got a hanging
curveball from Toronto reliever Carlos Villanueva and pulverized it into the
second deck in right field to make it 7-0.
Torrealba made it 8-0 for the Rangers in the third when he waited back and
turned on a changeup from Villanueva and crushed it into left field seats.
Toronto got on the board in the sixth after Encarnacion launched one into the
seats in left to make it 8-1, but the Rangers continued their offensive
onslaught in the bottom half, adding two more runs.
Hamilton walked to begin the frame and Young singled two batters later before
Cruz smacked an RBI single up the middle and, after a base hit by Torrealba,
Moreland followed with a single to score Young for the nine-run cushion.
Jason Frasor began the seventh on the mound for the Blue Jays and got Andrus
and pinch-hitter Craig Gentry to ground out, but then got into trouble. He
allowed base hits to Beltre and Young and walked Murphy to load the bases.
Cruz followed and belted an 0-1 fastball into the upper deck in right-center
field to make it 14-1.
Bautista capped the scoring in the eighth when he poked a two-run single up
the middle to score Rajai Davis and Yunel Escobar.
The Rangers improved to 12-9 at home this season and 11-5 in series
openers...Morrow had been 3-0 in his first four road starts of the
season...Cruz's other 8-RBI game occurred on July 27, 2011, also against the
Blue Jays...It was the 14th sellout of the season for Texas...Texas finished
7-for-18 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11, while the Blue Jays
were 1-for-2 with men in scoring position and left five on the base
paths...Hamilton left the game in the seventh inning due to a head cold.
05/26 03:37:28 ET