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Rangers pound Jays to sweep series

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yu Darvish had to deal with an upset stomach and a sore lower back. At least he didn't have the misfortune of facing the bruising Texas lineup.

Adrian Beltre homered during a seven-run second inning, Darvish posted his seventh victory and the Rangers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 12-6 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

"I did tell the coaches that I wasn't feeling good," Darvish said through a translator. "I could have gone six or seven innings. In the end, the manager made the decision to stop me."

Darvish (7-2) breezed through the first two innings, but gave up single runs in each of the next three innings and was pulled. He threw 93 pitches on a 91-degree day, allowing seven hits and walking three to win his 100th combined game in Japan and the United States.

"I'm not looking at it as an injury," Darvish said. "I feel comfortable saying that I should be able to treat this and be ready for my next start."

In his previous outing, he allowed five runs and walked a career-high six in four innings against Seattle.

The AL West leaders outscored the Blue Jays 34-16 in the series, extending Toronto's losing streak to five games. J.P. Arencibia hit two solo home runs for the Blue Jays.

Ian Kinsler homered, doubled and drove in four runs and Michael Young had three hits for Texas. Mike Napoli added a two-run shot, ending his 24-game homerless drought.

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"It's always been a terrific lineup," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "We have All-Stars. The guys who hit behind [Josh] Hamilton are guys who can drive in runs."

Rangers reliever Alexi Ogando left the game in the eighth with a bruised right hand when a line drive from Brett Lawrie glanced off him. X-rays were negative and the team said he is day-to-day.

Kyle Drabek (4-5) allowed a career-high nine runs in three innings and lost for the second time this season to Darvish.

"We needed a win and I just wasn't there for the team," Drabek said.

Toronto pitchers had a 7.81 ERA on a 1-5 road trip that included a stop at Tampa Bay. Blue Jays relievers threw 18 2-3 innings in the Texas series.

"We had some momentum going into this road trip," Toronto manager John Farrell said. "We ran up against two really good teams."

Colby Rasmus had three hits, including a two-run homer in the ninth for the Blue Jays. Toronto last lost five in a row during the middle of the 2010 season.

The Rangers sent 11 batters to the plate and had five hits in the big second. Drabek gave up a single to Young and walked two to load the bases with one out, and a walk to Mitch Moreland forced home a run. Kinsler and Elvis Andrus hit two-run doubles and Beltre capped the burst with his 10th home run.

It was the fourth time this season the Rangers have scored seven or more runs in an inning.

Kinsler's two-run homer in the fourth made it 9-1.

"Their starting pitcher is good so it was nice to get runs early," Young said. "It was a big lift for us."

Notes

  • Toronto SS Yunel Escobar left the game in the fifth with tightness in his left groin.
  • The Rangers had their 16th home sellout. The team passed the 1 million mark in attendance in its 23rd home game, the fastest the club has hit that mark.
  • Toronto RHP Jesse Chavez, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Las Vegas before Sunday's game, pitched the final five innings and gave up three runs.
 
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Yu Darvish surrenders three runs on seven hits in five innings of work but earns the win to improve to 7-2 for the Rangers.  (US Presswire)
Yu Darvish surrenders three runs on seven hits in five innings of work but earns the win to improve to 7-2 for the Rangers. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Texas

I. Kinsler
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Toronto

C. Rasmus
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Yunel Escobar, SS2110101 .262
    Rajai Davis, RF2000002 .220
Colby Rasmus, CF5232001 .227
Jose Bautista, RF-3B4001111 .229
Edwin Encarnacion, DH5021021 .274
Eric Thames, LF4000013 .243
J.P. Arencibia, C4222011 .245
Brett Lawrie, 3B-SS3010100 .273
David Cooper, 1B4000002 .200
Omar Vizquel, 2B3110101 .194
Totals36610645  
Batting
2B - Colby Rasmus (9, Darvish), Brett Lawrie (5, Darvish)
HR - Colby Rasmus (5, Tateyama), J.P. Arencibia 2 (9, Darvish, Ogando)
RBI - Colby Rasmus 2 (19), Jose Bautista (32), Edwin Encarnacion (39), J.P. Arencibia 2 (29)
SB - Brett Lawrie (7, 2nd base off Darvish/Napoli)
Team LOB - 7
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Drabek (L,4-5) 3899312 4.55
Jesse Chavez 5433071 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Drabek 67-34, Jesse Chavez 72-54
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Drabek 4-4, Jesse Chavez 1-7
Batters Faced - Kyle Drabek 20, Jesse Chavez 19
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, DH5224010 .289
Elvis Andrus, SS5122000 .305
Josh Hamilton, CF4000012 .368
   a- Craig Gentry, PH-CF1000000 .292
Adrian Beltre, 3B4112001 .318
Michael Young, 2B4130000 .282
David Murphy, LF3210112 .260
Nelson Cruz, RF4111022 .271
Mike Napoli, C3322110 .239
Mitch Moreland, 1B3101121 .301
Totals3612121238  
a-fouled out for Hamilton in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (15, Drabek), Elvis Andrus (11, Drabek), Michael Young (10, Drabek), Nelson Cruz (12, J. Chavez)
HR - Ian Kinsler (6, Drabek), Adrian Beltre (10, Drabek), Mike Napoli (8, J. Chavez)
RBI - Ian Kinsler 4 (22), Elvis Andrus 2 (24), Adrian Beltre 2 (33), Nelson Cruz (33), Mike Napoli 2 (20), Mitch Moreland (20)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler 2 (10), Adrian Beltre 2 (15), Nelson Cruz (20), Mike Napoli 2 (4)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Young-Andrus-Moreland
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yu Darvish (W,7-2) 5733331 3.25
Mark Lowe 2100010 2.55
Alexi Ogando 0.2111001 1.65
Yoshinori Tateyama 1.1122111 5.79
WP - Yu Darvish (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Yu Darvish 93-54, Mark Lowe 19-13, Alexi Ogando 10-6, Yoshinori Tateyama 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yu Darvish 6-5, Mark Lowe 3-2, Alexi Ogando 1-1
Batters Faced - Yu Darvish 24, Mark Lowe 7, Alexi Ogando 3, Yoshinori Tateyama 6
Game Information
Attendance - 46637
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Lance Barrett, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Marty Foster