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"He was good," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Darvish. "We just didn't support him with runs."
Darvish (12-9) lost for the second time in three starts, allowing three runs and three hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out 10.
"From the beginning, I don't think my fastball had a lot of life to it," Darvish said through a translator. "But more often than not I was able to keep the ball down with my cutter, slider, all my other pitches. Overall, I think I was able to stay down and be effective."
For Darvish, it was the seventh time this season he's reached double figures in strikeouts, tying him with Jim Bibby (1973) for the Rangers rookie mark.
Darvish failed to win consecutive starts for the first time since a three-game winning streak in June, but allowed three earned runs for the second straight start after giving up 18 runs in his previous three outings.
"I was able to throw with confidence tonight," Darvish said. "Even if I fell down 2-0 I didn't panic. I was able to relax and make my pitches."
Encarnacion, who became the first major leaguer to homer off Darvish when he took him deep in an April 30 Texas win at Rogers Centre, did it again with a second deck blast in the first, his 31st.
Rangers catcher Geovany Soto said location was to blame on Encarnacion's homer, with Darvish leaving a pitch up in the zone.
"Only one [bad] pitch to a guy that's having an unbelievable season," Soto said. "It was just that one pitch, too. After that he had a really impressive outing. He was pounding the zone with his fastball and he was accurate."
Encarnacion returned to the lineup after sitting out Thursday's loss to the White Sox with a sore shoulder and wrist, the result of a diving play in left field Wednesday.
Happ (2-1) matched a Blue Jays record by striking out six straight batters in the second and third innings. Ted Lilly struck out six straight against Boston in 2004, and Marc Rzepczynski did it against the New York Yankees in 2010.
"I just wanted to throw everything with conviction, along with the cutter," Happ said. "Sometimes I don't quite throw that with enough conviction. Tonight I was able to."
Happ gave up one runs and two hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out eight.
"You've got to tip your hat to him," Washington said. "If it was one of our pitchers that did it, I'd be raving."
Steve Delabar and Brandon Lyon each got two outs, Aaron Loup struck out the only batter he faced, Brad Lincoln got the final out of the eighth and Casey Janssen finished for his 16th save in 18 chances.
Held without a hit through the first four innings, Texas got on the board in the fifth. Michael Young and David Murphy led off with back-to-back singles and both runners moved up on Soto's sacrifice before Young scored on Craig Gentry's RBI groundout.
"I don't know if I've ever seen a triple on a broken bat before," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "Some kind of electrifying speed with Gose on the basepaths."
Darvish was upset with himself for not bailing Gentry out by keeping the third run off the board.
"That's a time where I have to back him up," he said. "The fact that I couldn't do it was very upsetting."
Davis stole second and third but was left stranded when Kelly Johnson struck out.
Texas cut the gap to 3-2 with an unearned run off Delabar in the seventh. Third baseman Omar Vizquel made a fielding error on Mike Olt's bases loaded grounder, allowing Adrian Beltre to score. Lyon came on and ended the inning by getting Ian Kinsler to ground into a fielder's choice.
"We had some chances for a base hit to make a difference," Washington said. "If we had made the difference with one base hit, it would have been our victory, I feel."
|Edwin Encarnacion returns to the lineup after missing one game and homers to help the Blue Jays edge the Rangers. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ian Kinsler, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.267|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.295|
|Josh Hamilton, LF-CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.290|
|Adrian Beltre, DH||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.303|
|Michael Young, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.270|
|David Murphy, RF-LF||4||0||2||0||0||2||0||.303|
|Geovany Soto, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.194|
|Craig Gentry, CF||2||0||0||1||0||1||0||.318|
|a- Nelson Cruz, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.266|
|Mike Olt, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.222|
|a-walked for Gentry in the 7th|
|SH - Geovany Soto (2)|
|RBI - Craig Gentry (26)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Yu Darvish (L,12-9)||7||3||3||3||1||10||1||4.51|
|IBB - Encarnacion by Alexi Ogando|
|HBP - Gose (by Yu Darvish)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Yu Darvish 114-71, Alexi Ogando 17-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yu Darvish 7-4, Alexi Ogando 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Yu Darvish 26, Alexi Ogando 5|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Rajai Davis, LF||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.259|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||1||2||.230|
|Mike McCoy, PR-2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.190|
|Edwin Encarnacion, DH||3||1||1||2||1||1||1||.294|
|David Cooper, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.285|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.245|
|Moises Sierra, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.333|
|Omar Vizquel, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.216|
|Jeff Mathis, C||3||0||0||0||0||3||0||.221|
|Anthony Gose, CF||2||1||1||0||0||1||0||.200|
|2B - Kelly Johnson (15, Ogando)|
|3B - Anthony Gose (1, Darvish)|
|HR - Edwin Encarnacion (31, Darvish)|
|RBI - Rajai Davis (33), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (82)|
|2-OUT RBI - Rajai Davis (17)|
|SB - Rajai Davis 2 (37, 2nd base off Darvish/Soto, 3rd base off Darvish/Soto), Anthony Gose (9, 2nd base off Darvish/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|E - Omar Vizquel (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|J.A. Happ (W,9-10)||6||2||1||1||1||8||0||4.88|
|Steve Delabar (H,5)||0.2||1||1||0||2||1||0||3.91|
|Brandon Lyon (H,9)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.87|
|Aaron Loup (H,3)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.60|
|Brad Lincoln (H,6)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.15|
|Casey Janssen (S,16)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.27|
|Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 98-66, Steve Delabar 28-13, Brandon Lyon 5-4, Aaron Loup 5-3, Brad Lincoln 3-2, Casey Janssen 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 5-5, Steve Delabar 1-1, Brandon Lyon 1-0, Brad Lincoln 1-0, Casey Janssen 1-1|
|Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 21, Steve Delabar 6, Brandon Lyon 2, Aaron Loup 1, Brad Lincoln 2, Casey Janssen 3|
|Attendance - 26816|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Angel Campos|