ARLINGTON – Nelson Cruz and Colby Lewis were just simply feeling it Friday.
Cruz had a career-high eight RBIs and Lewis threw 6 2/3 stellar innings, holding the Toronto Blue Jays hitless through five, en route to a 12-2 victory for the Texas Rangers over Toronto.
Cruz put Texas on the board in the second when his RBI double scored Adrian Beltre from third. Mike Napoli’s RBI ground out scored Michael Young on the next play to give Texas a 2-0 advantage.
Cruz’s three-run blast to center field in the fourth upped the Rangers’ lead to 5-0.
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Texas added to its lead in the fifth when Elvis Andrus scored on an Adrian Beltre single. Cruz then singled to center, scoring Young and Omar Quintanilla.
The hits kept coming for Cruz as he drove in two more in the sixth on a single to center.
His eight RBIs were the second-most in club history, one shy of Ivan Rodriguez’s nine RBI game in 1999.
J.P. Arencibia was the lone bright spot for Toronto, accounting for the Blue Jays’ only runs with two solo home runs.
Young finished 4 for 4 and his four runs scored tied a career-high.
Adrian Beltre exited the game in the fifth with a left hamstring strain and will have an MRI Saturday morning.
-- Drew Davison