Toronto at Texas

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Toronto (13-18)010000010250
Texas (13-18) «00001101x371

Rangers 3, Blue Jays 2

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The first pitch Michael Young saw in his last at-bat was an elevated fastball. He didn't miss and the Texas Rangers got their first sweep of the season.

Young's one-out homer in the eighth inning was the Rangers' third solo shot against Toronto starter A.J. Burnett in a 3-2 victory Sunday that completed a three-game sweep over the Blue Jays.

"I felt good the whole time out there," Burnett said. "The problem was three mistakes."

Mark Teixeira and Kenny Lofton also homered for the Rangers - both hitting first pitches like Young.

"The last thing you want to do against a guy with great stuff, you don't want to do him any favors," Young said. "He pitched a great game. We were fortunate to have three good swings, and lucky for us, they all left the park."

The homer by Young was the culmination of a much-needed weekend for the shortstop and his team.

Young was 2-for-4 to finish the series 8-for-13, raising his season average from .192 to .233 -- still a paltry number for a three-time All-Star with a combined .316 average over his last four straight 200-hit seasons. But he was coming off an 0-for-13 series against the New York Yankees, who swept the Rangers in Texas.

"You look back, Mike hit some balls hard and got nothing for it," manager Ron Washington said. "He's always said he never changes his approach. Right now, because he didn't change his approach, now things are starting to fall."

Toronto ended its six-game road trip without a victory, only the second time in club history the Blue Jays lost every game on a trip that lasted at least six games. The other was in September 1979.

The Blue Jays, who have lost 13 of 18 overall, have a day off before starting a three-game series at home Tuesday against Boston.

"It's not a real nice situation for us right now. We really need a day off," manager John Gibbons said. "We're losing a lot of games. They all hurt. We're just not lucky right now."

Toronto tied it with two outs in the top of the eighth on Adam Lind's RBI single to right off Joaquin Benoit (1-1). Brad Wilkerson's throw home was well up the first-base line, allowing pinch-runner Royce Clayton to score easily.

After Benoit blew the lead and got a victory, Akinori Otsuka pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in five chances.

Kameron Loe limited Toronto to three hits and had a career-high six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

In only his fourth start since returning to the rotation from the bullpen, Loe walked only one while throwing 66 of his 97 pitches for strikes. He left with a 2-1 lead, and Frank Francisco got the final out of the seventh before Benoit took over.

One of the hits allowed by Loe was a homer leading off the second by Troy Glaus, who hit his sixth of the season -- and fourth in eight games since returning from the disabled list.

Lofton hit a two-out homer in the fifth inning that barely cleared the fence and went into the Rangers bullpen to tie it at 1. Teixeira led off the sixth with his fourth homer, a 427-foot shot over the same bullpen in right-center field.

"A pitcher like Burnett, you may only get one good pitch to see," said Teixeira, who is 9-for-19 over his last five games. "I didn't get a good pitch to hit until my third at-bat and he left one over the plate."

Burnett struck out nine, including Lofton three times, in his 7 2/3 innings. He walked one and hit another batter while throwing 65 of 97 pitches for strikes.

"Nothing's going right," Burnett said. "We've got to keep playing hard and not get frustrated."

Sammy Sosa, 0-for-9 in two games since getting beaned by a 94 mph fastball Thursday night against the Yankees, got the day off. Sosa is still five homers shy of 600.

Washington said it was a normal day off after a night game for Sosa, and doesn't think the 38-year-old slugger has any lingering effects from the beaning. Sosa gets an extra day of rest since the Rangers don't open their series in New York until Tuesday.

Notes

Texas and Toronto are both 13-18. ... Toronto CF Vernon Wells was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, and is now 0-for-8 in two games since missing two with flulike symptoms. ... The Blue Jays have won only three of their last 19 games in Texas. ... Boxing promoter Don King and actor Luke Wilson, along with his brother, director Andrew Wilson, threw out ceremonial first pitches.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

M. Teixeira
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Toronto

T. Glaus
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
Aaron Hill, 2B4000000 .277
Adam Lind, LF4011010 .241
Vernon Wells, CF4000031 .279
Frank Thomas, DH4010001 .259
Troy Glaus, 3B3111110 .352
Lyle Overbay, 1B4000001 .236
Alex Rios, RF3000011 .266
Jason Phillips, C3010000 .292
John McDonald, SS2000011 .327
   a- Matt Stairs, PH1010000 .273
    Royce Clayton, PR-SS0100000 .270
Totals3225217  
a-singled for McDonald in the 8th
Batting
HR - Troy Glaus (6, Loe)
RBI - Adam Lind (11), Troy Glaus (14)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Lind (6)
SB - Adam Lind (1, 2nd base off Loe/Stewart)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Glaus-Hill-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
A.J. Burnett (L,2-3) 7.2733193 5.09
Scott Downs 0.1000200 0.00
HBP - Kinsler (by A.J. Burnett)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 97-65, Scott Downs 14-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 9-4, Scott Downs 1-0
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 31, Scott Downs 3
Texas Rangers
Kenny Lofton, CF4111031 .243
Michael Young, SS4121000 .233
Mark Teixeira, 1B4121012 .265
Victor Diaz, DH4010011 .200
Hank Blalock, 3B3000111 .275
Ian Kinsler, 2B2000111 .276
Brad Wilkerson, RF3000115 .242
Matt Kata, LF3000011 .353
Chris Stewart, C3010001 .222
Totals3037339  
Batting
2B - Mark Teixeira (8, Burnett), Victor Diaz (1, Burnett)
HR - Kenny Lofton (3, Burnett), Michael Young (4, Burnett), Mark Teixeira (4, Burnett)
RBI - Kenny Lofton (9), Michael Young (20), Mark Teixeira (12)
2-OUT RBI - Kenny Lofton (4)
SB - Ian Kinsler (5, 2nd base off Burnett/Phillips)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Kinsler-Young-Teixeira
E - Ian Kinsler (5, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Kameron Loe 6.2311161 5.76
Frank Francisco (H,2) 0.1000000 1.69
Joaquin Benoit (BS,1; W,1-1) 1211000 5.52
Akinori Otsuka (S,4) 1000010 1.54
Pitches-Strikes - Kameron Loe 97-66, Frank Francisco 3-3, Joaquin Benoit 17-10, Akinori Otsuka 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kameron Loe 9-5, Joaquin Benoit 2-1, Akinori Otsuka 2-0
Batters Faced - Kameron Loe 24, Frank Francisco 1, Joaquin Benoit 5, Akinori Otsuka 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19103
Game Time - 2:21
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Larry Poncino, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman