Blue Jays edge Darvish, RangersAug 18, 2012 - 5:41 AM
After allowing eight runs over his first two starts with Toronto, Happ (2-1) tossed his first quality start as a Blue Jay. He gave up one run on two hits and struck out eight to earn the win.
"He had a very good fastball tonight," said Blue Jays manager John Farrell of Happ. "Other than the two singles that they bunched together, he was in complete command."
Edwin Encarnacion slammed a two-run home run, his 31st of the season, as the Blue Jays snapped a three-game skid.
Yu Darvish (12-9), who beat the Blue Jays in two prior starts this season, took the loss after allowing three runs on three hits in seven innings. The rookie struck out 10 for the seventh time this season and only walked one.
The Rangers only picked up four hits on the night and went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
"We had some chances for a base hit to make a difference," said Rangers manager Ron Washington. "If we had made a difference with one base hit, it would have been our victory."
After Kelly Johnson worked a walk in the first inning, Encarnacion slammed a hanging slider into the left-field seats to give Toronto an early lead.
From there, Happ was dominant. He matched a Jays record by striking out six straight Rangers over the second and third innings and did not allow a hit until the fifth.
Soon after Michael Young picked up the Rangers' first hit, he scored their first run. David Murphy followed Young with another base hit and Geovany Soto advanced the runners to second and third with a sacrifice. Craig Gentry's groundout plated Young and closed the gap to one in the fifth.
The Blue Jays quickly got the run back. Anthony Gose picked up his first major league triple and scored on Rajai Davis' base hit, putting the Jays up 3-1 after five.
Texas scored an unearned run in the seventh. Adrian Beltre worked a leadoff walk against Steve Delabar then went to third on Murphy's one-out single. After Soto struck out and pinch-hitter Nelson Cruz walked, Brandon Lyon induced a ground ball by Ian Kinsler, which Omar Vizquel misplayed, to plate Beltre.
Lyon, Aaron Loup and Brad Lincoln combined to get through the eighth and Casey Janssen tossed a perfect ninth to earn his 16th save.
Texas has lost four of its last five games ... The Rangers are 4-3 against Toronto this season ... Darvish has struck out 22 in 19 innings against the Blue Jays this season ... Encarnacion has hit two home runs against Darvish this season.
- TEXAS: 2
Aug 17 9:50 PM
- Mike Olt reached first on Omar Vizquel's fielding error scoring Adrian Beltre with two out. On the play, Nelson Cruz advances to second and David Murphy advances to third. Bases loaded and Ian Kinsler due up.
Rangers 2, Blue Jays 3 Top 7, 2 OutsAug 17 9:10 PM
- Rajai Davis stole second. Runner on second with two outs and Kelly Johnson at the plate.
Rangers 1, Blue Jays 3 Bot 5, 2 OutsAug 17 8:36 PM
- Craig Gentry grounded out second to first scored Michael Young with two out. On the play, David Murphy advances to third. Runner on third and Mike Olt due up.
Rangers 1, Blue Jays 2 Top 5, 2 OutsAug 17 8:23 PM
- Edwin Encarnacion one-out, two-run Home Run (31) to left scored Kelly Johnson. David Cooper due up.
Rangers 0, Blue Jays 2 Bot 1, 1 OutAug 17 7:19 PM
- TEXAS: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 17 7:08 PM
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