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Rangers clobber Blue Jays to end five-game losing streak

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Brandon McCarthy started with a small goal, and kept on going after reached it.

McCarthy pitched six sharp innings, Hank Blalock hit a two-run homer and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 Friday night to end a five-game losing streak.

McCarthy (2-4) allowed one run and two hits with four walks. He began the night with a 9.90 ERA, having allowed 17 runs over six innings in his previous three starts.

"I was on a mission to throw more than three innings," he said. "I needed a quality outing. I knew this was a big start. I needed to go back to the way I pitched before, just throw the ball."

Kenny Lofton also homered and Michael Young had three hits for the Rangers, who managed only 10 runs during the five-game slide. Blalock went 3-for-4 with three RBI.

"We put together what we hadn't been putting together," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We hit, pitched, ran the bases and played defense."

A players-only pregame meeting also could have been a factor for the Rangers, off to the fourth-worst start in their history.

"We had to do something," Washington said. "We weren't as bad as we'd been playing. Whatever they discussed, I hope they discuss it again tomorrow."

Sal Fasano homered for the Blue Jays, who've lost four straight overall and 14 of their last 17 in Arlington.

McCarthy performed like the Rangers hoped when they sent top pitching prospect John Danks to the Chicago White Sox in an offseason trade that brought McCarthy and catcher Chris Stewart to Texas.

McCarthy, who struck out one, got his first win since April 9 against Tampa Bay.

"He went out and challenged the hitters," Rangers pitching coach Mark Connor said. "He trusted his stuff. It was a positive outing for him and for all of us. He threw harder than he had been and was more aggressive. His fastball had more explosion and his off-speed pitches kept them off the fastball. He's a big league pitcher and he showed it tonight."

McCarthy picked up the loss in his last start April 29 against Toronto, allowing five runs in three innings.

"Compared to his last start against us he made some really good adjustments," Fasano said. "It's tough for a young kid to come out after being hit around pretty good but he showed he's maturing as a pitcher and he certainly shut us down."

Washington has been encouraging his hitters to do a better job of manufacturing runs, and the Rangers took the small-ball approach in a two-run second off Tomo Ohka (2-3).

Blalock led off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Ian Kinsler, the team's leader in homers and RBI. Brad Wilkerson followed with a single, with Blalock stopping at third and Wilkerson moving to second on center fielder Alex Rios' throwing error.

Gerald Laird, who began the game with a .182 average, singled in both runners.

In the third, Fasano's first homer of the season pulled the Blue Jays within one.

Texas responded with three runs in the third. Mark Teixeira hit an RBI double and Blalock drove him in with his second homer of the season.

McCarthy walked three in the fourth to load the bases, but got out of the jam when Fasano flied out.

"I started rushing in the fourth," McCarthy said. "I had to slow myself down and get back on track."

Willie Eyre pitched three scoreless innings for his first career save.

Lofton's second homer leading off the fifth pushed Texas' advantage to 6-1.

Ohka gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 7 1/3 innings.

Notes

  • Sammy Sosa was back in the Texas lineup at DH after getting beaned Thursday night by Yankees reliever Brian Bruney. Sosa went 0-for-4.
  • Toronto CF Vernon Wells missed the game with flulike symptoms.
  • The Rangers have homered in nine of their last 11 games.
 
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Toronto's Tomo Ohka picks up the loss after allowing seven runs on 10 hits against Texas.  (AP)
Toronto's Tomo Ohka picks up the loss after allowing seven runs on 10 hits against Texas. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

H. Blalock
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Toronto

S. Fasano
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Adam Lind, LF5000013 .225
Aaron Hill, 2B3010100 .297
Frank Thomas, DH4000002 .259
Troy Glaus, 3B3000101 .354
Alex Rios, CF3000101 .256
Lyle Overbay, 1B4020002 .245
Matt Stairs, RF3000101 .262
Royce Clayton, SS3000100 .270
Sal Fasano, C4121015 .273
Totals3215152  
Batting
2B - Lyle Overbay (9, Eyre), Sal Fasano (1, Eyre)
HR - Sal Fasano (1, McCarthy)
RBI - Sal Fasano (2)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Glaus-Hill-Overbay, Clayton-Hill-Overbay, Glaus-Hill-Overbay
E - Alex Rios (3, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
Tomo Ohka (L,2-3) 7.11076112 5.50
Brian Tallet 0.2100000 6.75
Pitches-Strikes - Tomo Ohka 97-64, Brian Tallet 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tomo Ohka 7-12, Brian Tallet 1-0
Batters Faced - Tomo Ohka 31, Brian Tallet 2
Texas Rangers
Kenny Lofton, CF4111000 .240
Michael Young, SS4230000 .210
Mark Teixeira, 1B3121101 .250
Sammy Sosa, DH4000015 .253
Hank Blalock, 3B4233000 .275
Ian Kinsler, 2B3000001 .281
Brad Wilkerson, RF3110000 .254
Gerald Laird, C3012000 .188
Jerry Hairston Jr., LF3000001 .243
Totals31711711  
Batting
2B - Mark Teixeira (6, Ohka)
HR - Kenny Lofton (2, Ohka), Hank Blalock (2, Ohka)
SH - Ian Kinsler (2)
RBI - Kenny Lofton (7), Mark Teixeira (8), Hank Blalock 3 (11), Gerald Laird 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Hank Blalock 2 (3)
Team LOB - 2
Texas Rangers
Brandon McCarthy (W,2-4) 6211411 7.96
Willie Eyre (S,1) 3300110 2.79
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 94-52, Willie Eyre 45-31
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 6-11, Willie Eyre 5-3
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 24, Willie Eyre 13
Game Information
Attendance - 24342
Game Time - 2:16
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Larry Poncino