TORONTO Toronto roughed up Nick Martinez early and tacked on runs throughout the night with four home runs to take the series opener 12-2 Friday night at Rogers Centre. It’s a season-high sixth consecutive loss for the Rangers (35-35), who dropped to .500 for the first time since May 30.
Pitching: Nick Martinez flirted with trouble in his previous two starts. Against the Blue Jays, he wasn’t as fortunate. A single and two walks in the first set up Edwin Encarnacion’s grand slam to give Toronto a 4-1 lead. The Blue Jays added two more in the second and another in the third to lead 7-2, including Russell Martin’s homer.
Martinez was charged with eight of the nine runs on nine hits and four walks in six innings. Ross Detwiler started the seventh and allowed two runs on three hits, including Encarnacion’s second of the game. Infielder Adam Rosales pitched the ninth and the Blue Jays added their lead with a homer from Danny Valencia.
Hitting: Prince Fielder homered in the first to give Texas a brief 1-0 lead. The Rangers added another run in the second on Leonys Martin’s ground out to second after Elvis Andrus walked and Rougned Odor doubled down the left field line. Robinson Chirinos struck out with Odor on third to end the inning. Texas hitters finished with seven hits, including two each from Fielder and Mitch Moreland.
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Notable: Prince Fielder became the 138th player to hit 300 or more home runs with his 12th of the season in the first inning. He and his father, Cecil, join Barry and Bobby Bonds as the only father-son duos to each hit 300 homers. Fielder doubled in the eighth, his 18th of the season, which gives him a major league-leading 31 multi-hit games.
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