The Texas Rangers’ offensive struggles on the road continued against the Blue Jays Thursday night at Rogers Centre. And for the first time this season, a Rangers’ starting pitcher failed to deliver at least five innings as the Blue Jays pounded Derek Holland the Rangers for a 12-2 win. Toronto took three of four in the series after the Rangers won the opener on Monday.
Pitching: The Blue Jays batted around and scored five runs on six hits in the first and then knocked starter Derek Holland out with six more runs in the third. Holland’s 2 2/3 innings was the shortest outing by a Rangers starter this season and snapped the rotation’s string of 28 consecutive starts of five innings or more this season.
Hitting: Nomar Mazara and Prince Fielder each had two of the Rangers’ nine hits. Fielder’s two-out opposite-field single in the first scored Adrian Beltre to give Texas a brief 1-0 lead. Three singles in the ninth, including an RBI-single by Bryan Holaday, made it 12-2.
Notable: Beltre was briefly charged with a fielding error in the third inning when a hard-hit grounder to his left deflected off his glove. It was overturned and the Rangers’ error-free game streak increased to 12 games.