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Stroman gets back on track, sparks Jays past Rangers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Marcus Stroman bounced back from his worst start of the season with a strong effort to begin the second half.

The rookie right-hander pitched seven shutout innings to stop a three-start winless streak, Dan Johnson had two RBI and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 Saturday.

Melky Cabrera had three hits as the Blue Jays won for the first time in four games.Toronto had lost nine of 11 coming in.

Stroman (5-2) allowed four hits, all singles, walked none and struck out five, improving to 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA in six home starts.

''Since he's been here, he's been really good, especially for a young kid,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ''He's a lot more polished than I thought he was going to be.''

Stroman allowed a season-high five runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Angels on July 9, matching his shortest start this season, but rebounded against the struggling Rangers.

''I was excited to get back on the mound,'' Stroman said.

Stroman's most challenging inning was the fourth, which began with singles by Daniel Robertson and Adrian Beltre. Unfazed, Stroman struck out Jake Smolinski and Leonys Martin, then got J.P. Arencibia to ground into a forceout.

''That definitely pumped me up going into the next inning,'' Stroman said.

Elvis Andrus hit an RBI single off Dustin McGowan in the eighth, but the Rangers left the bases loaded when McGowan struck out Smolinski.

With regular closer Casey Janssen unavailable because of illness, Aaron Loup got three outs for his third save in six chances.

Texas, which stopped an eight-game losing streak with Friday's 5-1 victory, has not strung together consecutive wins since beating Minnesota on June 27 and 28 and has the worst record in the major leagues at 39-58.

Colby Lewis (6-7) gave up two runs and eight hits in five innings. In his previous start, he allowed a team-record 13 runs -- 11 earned -- in 2 1/3 innings during a July 10 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

I felt like my stuff was great,'' Lewis said. ''I was able to locate, especially a lot of the off-speed stuff. The changeup was really good today.''

Lewis was less happy with Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus, who bunted for a base hit with two outs in the fifth, then endured a verbal barrage from the Rangers righty.

''You're up by two runs with two outs and lay down a bunt,'' Lewis said. ''I don't think that's the way the game should be played. I let him know and that was about it.''

Toronto stranded five runners in the first three innings, then took a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Rasmus led off with a single, went from first to third on a wild pitch that rolled toward the Rangers' on the first-base side and scored on Johnson's RBI double off the wall in right. Three batters later, Johnson came home on Munenori Kawasaki's infield single.

Toronto made it 4-0 against Ryan Feierabend on Dioner Navarro's RBI single and Johnson's sacrifice fly.

Rangers outfielder Alex Rios left after spraining his right ankle on a swing in the first inning. X-rays were negative. Rios was replaced by Robertson.

''It's not bad, but I'm going to keep him off that turf tomorrow,'' Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ''Hopefully he'll be ready to go when we get to New York.''

Notes

Time was called when a pair of pigeons walked between the plate and the mound in the bottom of the eighth. When Beltre tried to shoo the birds away, they walked toward first base. ... Texas RHP Nick Martinez (back) threw a bullpen session before the game and will start Tuesday against the Yankees, Washington said. RHP Miles Mikolas will pitch against the Yankees on Monday. ... Making his second straight start at DH, Shin-Soo Choo went 0 for 4. Choo is hitless in 21 at bats, including 11 strikeouts. Washington said Choo will get the day off Sunday, with Beltre starting at DH. ... Rangers RHP Nick Tepesch (3-5) faces Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle (10-6) in Sunday's series finale. Buehrle is winless in seven starts.

 
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Jays rookie Marcus Stroman pitches seven shutout innings to stop a three-start winless streak. (USATSI)
Jays rookie Marcus Stroman pitches seven shutout innings to stop a three-start winless streak. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Toronto

D. Johnson
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Toronto

M. Stroman
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 0
K 5
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGSLGOBP
Shin-Soo Choo, DH4000022.236.367.354
Elvis Andrus, SS4011000.265.339.311
Alex Rios, RF0000000.302.435.330
   a-Dan Robertson, PH-RF4020012.257.300.297
Adrian Beltre, 3B4010011.335.538.383
Jake Smolinski, LF4000035.379.483.419
Leonys Martin, CF3000112.265.374.323
J.P. Arencibia, 1B4010003.149.284.203
Rougned Odor, 2B3100111.267.409.305
Robinson Chirinos, C3010000.240.423.271
Colby Lewis, P0000000.400.400.400
   Ryan Feierabend, P0000000.000.000.000
   Roman Mendez, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3316129    
a-singled for Rios in the 1st
Batting
RBI - Elvis Andrus (23)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Andrus-Arencibia
E - Ryan Feierabend (1, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Colby Lewis (L,6-7) 5822350 6.37
Ryan Feierabend 1.2422020 9.00
Roman Mendez 1.1000000 0.00
IBB - J. Bautista by Colby Lewis
WP - Colby Lewis (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Colby Lewis 106-67, Ryan Feierabend 32-21, Roman Mendez 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Colby Lewis 3-6, Ryan Feierabend 2-1, Roman Mendez 1-3
Batters Faced - Colby Lewis 25, Ryan Feierabend 9, Roman Mendez 4
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGSLGOBP
Jose Reyes, SS5020012.271.408.323
Munenori Kawasaki, 2B5011012.289.340.343
Melky Cabrera, LF4130002.303.456.351
Jose Bautista, DH2110200.289.495.408
Dioner Navarro, C4011014.260.353.300
Colby Rasmus, CF4120001.223.469.274
Dan Johnson, 1B2112111.167.250.421
Juan Francisco, 3B2000022.234.502.309
   a-Steve Tolleson, PH-3B2000011.252.423.320
Anthony Gose, RF4010001.233.284.331
Marcus Stroman, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brett Cecil, P0000000.000.000.000
   Dustin McGowan, P0000000.000.000.000
   Aaron Loup, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals34412437    
a-struck out for Francisco in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (20, Feierabend), Melky Cabrera (22, Lewis), Dan Johnson (1, Lewis)
SF - Dan Johnson (1)
RBI - Munenori Kawasaki (4), Dioner Navarro (38), Dan Johnson 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Munenori Kawasaki (1)
SB - Colby Rasmus (1, 2nd base off Mendez/Chirinos)
PK - Anthony Gose (3, Feierabend)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Tolleson-Kawasaki-Johnson
PB - Dioner Navarro (6)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Marcus Stroman (W,5-2) 7400050 3.58
Brett Cecil 0.1111110 3.94
Dustin McGowan (H,8) 0.2100030 4.16
Aaron Loup (S,3) 1000100 3.09
Pitches-Strikes - Marcus Stroman 107-70, Brett Cecil 13-6, Dustin McGowan 17-10, Aaron Loup 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Marcus Stroman 8-8, Aaron Loup 1-1
Batters Faced - Marcus Stroman 25, Brett Cecil 3, Dustin McGowan 4, Aaron Loup 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45802
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - John Tumpane, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - Bill Welke