Encarnacion lifts Blue Jays over Rangers
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.
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.
06/13 23:00:33 ET