Blue Jays double up on Texas Rangers to take series

TORONTO -- It didn't take long for Mike Napoli to explain it.

"They flat-out beat us today," Napoli said after the Toronto Blue Jays rolled to an 11-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday afternoon.

The Blue Jays took the final two games of the three-game series at the Rogers Centre, handing the Rangers consecutive losses for the first time this season.. The blowout loss came a day after the Rangers blew a five-run lead, rallied to tie it in the ninth and then saw the Blue Jays walk off to a victory.

"We're not worried about it," Napoli said. "We still have a good ballclub. We've already forgot about this. We'll enjoy the off day and move on to the next one."

It might take Matt Harrison a little longer to forget about his second consecutive rough outing. Harrison started to unravel after the second inning and was eventually knocked out after 3 1/3 innings.

Harrison started the third by giving up an infield single to J.P. Arencibia. After Rajai Davis grounded into a fielder's choice, Kelly Johnson swatted a 1-1 fastball from Harrison to right to put the Blue Jays ahead 2-1.

It was the first home run Harrison has allowed to a left-hander this season. Harrison threw 31 pitches in the third, and the offense didn't give him much of a break between innings.

Toronto starter Ricky Romero worked a 1-2-3 fourth on eight pitches, as Harrison quickly returned to the mound. That's when things, as Harrison said, got really bad in a six-run fourth.

He issued a leadoff walk and then gave up back-to-back doubles to the left-handed Eric Thames and Arencibia. Davis then reached on an infield single, Johnson drew a walk from what had been an 0-2 count and Yunel Escobar had a three-run triple to end Harrison's day.

Escobar scored on a sacrifice fly by Jose Bautista, who faced reliever Scott Feldman.

"The two-strike pitches were over the plate instead of burying them where I wanted to," Harrison said. "They didn't miss them so that's pretty much what happened the whole inning.

"I've got to move on from it and do a better job of putting guys away and not giving up free passes."

Harrison was charged with eight runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts. In his last two starts, he has allowed 15 runs (14 earned) on 22 hits over 8 1/3 innings for a 15.12 ERA.

Harrison had a similar two-game stretch last season around this time. He gave up seven runs over three innings against Toronto on April 26 last year and then lasted only 1 2/3 innings against Oakland on May 1.

"He just wasn't able to get his secondary stuff across," manager Ron Washington said. "Just couldn't get his changeup working, which is his bread and butter. He didn't have his sinker going, which is his bread and butter.... Next time he gets the ball I expect him to be better."

Trailing 8-1 going into the fifth, the Rangers got back in it with four runs. They drew three walks to open the inning and scored two runs on a double by Elvis Andrus. Michael Young had an RBI single and Napoli drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

But that was as close as they came. Toronto broke it open in the sixth with a three-run homer by Edwin Encarnacion off Feldman.

"It looks real bad when you lose one that you should've won the night before and then you've got to face Ricky Romero," Washington said. "I really didn't feel like he was at his best, but we just couldn't hold their offense down. We had to score 12 today to win."

Drew Davison


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