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Toronto held a pregame ceremony to retire the jersey of Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar, the first Blue Jays player inducted into the Hall of Fame.
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"I think [the ceremony] took everybody back to a time when things were really rolling here," Toronto manager John Farrell said. "It was a great environment today."
Alomar's parents, former manager Cito Gaston and former teammates including Carlos Baerga, Candy Maldonado and Devon White joined the 12-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner on a stage behind second base. Alomar is the first player to have his number retired in the Blue Jays' 35-year history.
"This is a day that I will remember for the rest of my life," Alomar told reporters after the ceremony. "To share this moment with the fans and my family is emotional."
After allowing six runs in 3 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to Baltimore, Morrow (8-5) looked sharp against the Rangers, giving up two runs and six hits in seven innings and walking two. The right-hander said he fed off the energy of the big crowd.
"It's awesome when they fill this place up," Morrow said. "The crowd really gets into it. I think that pumps up the guys on the field to that level that you can't get sometimes."
Farrell said Morrow's slider was "devastating," a sentiment shared by Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland.
"His slider is pretty dirty when he keeps it down," Moreland said. "I felt that was probably what made him so effective today is when he got ahead, he could use that slider."
Rangers lefty C.J. Wilson (10-5) lost his second straight decision, allowing seven runs, five earned, and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. The left-hander was also hit hard in his last outing, giving up six runs, five earned, in four innings of a no-decision against Minnesota last Tuesday.
"When you're not able to throw the ball where you want to, it's just an unsettling feeling," Wilson said.
"We certainly helped ourselves tremendously by getting [Adams] and Koji," manager Ron Washington said. "We certainly tightened up our bullpen."
Uehara made his Rangers debut in the seventh and pitched one scoreless inning, striking out two. The righty has tossed 16 scoreless innings over his past 14 games.
Encarnacion got the Blue Jays rolling with a two-out homer into the second deck in left in the first, his ninth.
Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus came in 0 for 12 with five strikeouts since being acquired from St. Louis on Wednesday and fanned again in his first at-bat before snapping his skid with a bloop single to left in the third that skipped under the glove of Josh Hamilton for an error, sending Rasmus to second. He took third on a wild pitch and scored on Encarnacion's double-play grounder.
Rasmus was involved again as the Blue Jays padded their lead in the fourth. Aaron Hill reached on an infield single and went to second on a grounder before scoring on J.P. Arencibia's base hit. Rajai Davis doubled down the left-field line before Rasmus drove in two more with a booming double to center.
Morrow had set down 13 of 14 before the Rangers broke through with two in the sixth, stringing together a trio of two-out hits. Hamilton singled, Michael Young hit an RBI double to right and Mike Napoli followed with an RBI single up the middle.
Napoli hit an RBI double off Janssen in the eighth, but the Rangers couldn't get any closer.
Attendance was 45,629, Toronto's second-biggest crowd of the season. ... Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba was scratched from the starting lineup with a stiff back and replaced by Taylor Teagarden. ... Texas SS Elvis Andrus and 2B Ian Kinsler were held out of the lineup, while OF Nelson Cruz, who left Friday's game with a tight left quadriceps, missed his second straight start. ... Texas activated Blanco from the 15-day DL. ... Rangers OF Craig Gentry (concussion) will rejoin the team Tuesday in Detroit and should be ready to play Thursday. Texas is off Monday. ... Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind was held out of the starting lineup.
|Recent Hall of Fame inductee Roberto Alomar celebrates in Toronto as his No. 12 is retired. (Getty Images)|
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|Endy Chavez, CF||4||0||0||0||1||1||2||.311|
|Omar Quintanilla, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.091|
|Josh Hamilton, LF||4||2||2||0||0||2||0||.306|
|Michael Young, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.336|
|Mike Napoli, DH||4||0||2||2||0||2||1||.289|
|Mitch Moreland, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.272|
|Taylor Teagarden, C||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.267|
|David Murphy, RF||4||0||2||0||0||2||3||.257|
|Andres Blanco, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.219|
|2B - Josh Hamilton (21, Miller), Michael Young (33, Morrow), Mike Napoli (15, Janssen)|
|RBI - Michael Young (73), Mike Napoli 2 (39)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Young (28), Mike Napoli 2 (16)|
|CS - Endy Chavez (3, 2nd base by Morrow/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Young-Quintanilla-Moreland|
|E - Andres Blanco (3, Throwing), Josh Hamilton (4, Missed catch of throw)|
|C.J. Wilson (L,10-5)||3.2||7||7||5||3||2||1||3.38|
|WP - C.J. Wilson 2 (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 84-44, Yoshinori Tateyama 15-12, Arthur Rhodes 9-7, Koji Uehara 8-7, Scott Feldman 6-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 7-1, Yoshinori Tateyama 2-0, Koji Uehara 1-0, Scott Feldman 2-1|
|Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 20, Yoshinori Tateyama 4, Arthur Rhodes 3, Koji Uehara 3, Scott Feldman 3|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Rajai Davis, LF||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.238|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||4||1||2||2||0||1||0||.240|
|Jose Bautista, 3B||2||1||0||0||2||1||1||.324|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B||3||1||1||2||0||0||0||.270|
|a- Mark Teahen, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.202|
|Eric Thames, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.285|
|Jose Molina, C||4||1||0||0||0||1||0||.302|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.232|
|John McDonald, SS||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||.223|
|J.P. Arencibia, DH||3||1||1||1||0||0||1||.222|
|a-grounded out for Encarnacion in the 8th|
|2B - Rajai Davis (19, Wilson), Colby Rasmus (15, Wilson)|
|HR - Edwin Encarnacion (9, Wilson)|
|RBI - Colby Rasmus 2 (42), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (29), John McDonald (17), J.P. Arencibia (49)|
|2-OUT RBI - Colby Rasmus 2 (15), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (11), J.P. Arencibia (17)|
|SB - John McDonald (2, 2nd base off Wilson/Teagarden)|
|CS - John McDonald (3, 3rd base by Wilson/Teagarden)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Brandon Morrow (W,8-5)||7||6||2||2||2||11||0||4.58|
|WP - Brandon Morrow (6)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Morrow 115-80, Trever Miller 7-3, Casey Janssen 14-9, Frank Francisco 18-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Morrow 6-3, Trever Miller 1-0, Casey Janssen 2-0, Frank Francisco 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Brandon Morrow 28, Trever Miller 2, Casey Janssen 3, Frank Francisco 4|
|Attendance - 45629|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Brian Runge|