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Uncharacteristic errors lead to Rangers' walk-off loss

TORONTO -- A poor defensive inning saw the Texas Rangers turn a two-run lead into a one-run deficit. They bounced back from that with a two-out rally in the ninth to tie the game.

But it ended shortly thereafter. The Toronto Blue Jays walked off to an 8-7 victory over the Rangers when Brett Lawrie sent Mike Adams' cutter to the top of the left-field fence, and it bounced over for a home run.

"It's disappointing," said Adams, who hadn't allowed a home run in his first 11 appearances. "I didn't put a pitch where I needed to and he got a good swing on it. It caught too much plate."

Adams wasn't the only player to have a lackluster night. The Rangers committed two errors during a defensive meltdown in the seventh, allowing the Blue Jays to take their first lead. And starter Neftali Feliz struggled with his control, giving up four runs on four hits with six walks over five-plus innings.

In the seventh, Toronto outfielder Eric Thames reached on a fielding error by shortstop Elvis Andrus. It snapped a 54-game streak by Andrus without an error.

Lawrie then singled followed by Colby Rasmus laying down a sacrifice bunt. Rangers catcher Mike Napoli tried to bare-hand the ball and get the lead runner at third, but dropped it.

"I booted that," Napoli said. "I should've used my glove instead of my hands."

Napoli left the game in the eighth after experiencing vision trouble in his right eye. He said his eye was fine after the game, but he would have it checked further today.

After Napoli's error, Texas switched from Robbie Ross to Alexi Ogando to work out of the bases-loaded jam.

Ogando induced a fielder's choice grounder to the first batter he faced, Jeff Mathis. Mathis hit a chopper to third and Alberto Gonzalez tried to turn a double play instead of throwing home for the out.

Manager Ron Washington said that Gonzalez should have come home on the play, as Mathis beat the throw to first. After Yunel Escobar grounded out on a soft roller to short, the Jays scored the go-ahead run on a single to center by Kelly Johnson.

On that play, Craig Gentry didn't field the ball cleanly, allowing Mathis to come home without a play at the plate.

"First time we haven't executed defensively and they took advantage of it," Washington said. "Elvis makes that play nine times out of 10. Nap makes that play nine times out of 10. Gonzo makes the right decision nine times out of 10."

Feliz, meanwhile, couldn't make the right adjustments on a night he lost his control after the second inning. Feliz issued consecutive walks to Toronto's Nos. 8-9 hitters, Colby Rasmus and Mathis, in the third.

He paid for it later, as Johnson had a three-run home run and then Jose Bautista sent a solo shot to left.

Feliz worked around walks in scoreless fourth and fifth innings, but opened the sixth with eight straight balls to end his night.

"I had a hard time regaining my control," Feliz said. "It's something I have to work on."

The Rangers gave Feliz an early lead to work with by scoring five runs in the second, highlighted by RBI hits by Kinsler and Andrus.

And Texas stayed in it all night even after the seventh.

The Rangers rallied for a game-tying run with two outs in the ninth against Jays closer Francisco Cordero. Kinsler singled, moved to third on a single by Andrus and scored on Michael Young's single to center.

"We didn't quit," Washington said. "Give credit to Lawrie."

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @drewdavison

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