Toronto 3, Texas 2

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, August 17, 2012 7:07 PM
Location - Rogers Centre
Temperature - 73°
Umpires - Home Plate - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Angel Campos,
Attendance - 26816

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Texas 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 4 0
Toronto 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 4 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Texas 68-50 36-22 32-28 L1
Toronto 56-63 31-28 25-35 W1

Recap

Blue Jays 3, Rangers 2: J.A. Happ threw six sensational innings and Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer as host Toronto edged Texas.

Happ (2-1) limited the top offensive team in baseball to just one run on two hits while racking up eight strikeouts. Four relievers bridged the gap to closer Casey Janssen, who recorded his 16th save as Toronto won for just the fifth time in the last 19 games.

Happ outdueled Yu Darvish (12-9), who allowed just three runs on three hits over seven innings. The Japanese right-hander struck out 10 and walked just one.

Encarnacion, who came into the game 4-for-5 against Darvish this season, victimized the rookie again in the first inning. Returning from a one-game absence due to a shoulder injury, Encarnacion crushed a hanging curveball into the second deck in left field for his career-best 31st home run of the season.

Happ mowed down the Texas lineup in the early going - striking out six straight Ranger hitters at one point - before running into his only bout of trouble in the fifth. Ian Kinsler and Michael Young hit leadoff singles and advanced on a Geovany Soto sacrifice. Craig Gentry brought Kinsler home with a groundout to second. 

Toronto answered in the bottom half, as Anthony Gose hit a bloop to center field that dropped in and bounced off the glove of Rangers center fielder Craig Gentry. Gose ended up at third base with his first major-league triple and scored on a Rajai Davis base hit to center.

The Rangers closed back to within a run in the seventh after Mike Olt hit a ground ball to third base that Omar Vizquel couldn't handle cleanly, allowing Adrian Beltre to score.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Happ's six consecutive strikeouts tied a Blue Jays record set by Ted Lilly in 2004 and equaled by Mark Rzepczynski in 2010. ... Beltre was moved to DH and Olt started at third base as Rangers manager Ron Washington looks to limit Beltre's exposure to the Toronto turf. Beltre is dealing with a nagging hamstring injury. ... Gose added a stolen base, his ninth in 23 games.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Texas   Toronto
Yu Darvish Player J.A. Happ
Loss W/L Win
7.0 IP 6.0
10 Strikeouts 8
3 Hits 2
3.86 ERA 1.50
Hitting
Texas   Toronto
David Murphy Player Anthony Gose
2 Hits 1
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
2 TB 3
.500 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Texas 4 0 4 .129 14 12 1 3 0 0
Toronto 4 1 10 .143 6 11 3 2 3 1

Upcoming Games

  • Toronto will play their next game at home against Texas. The Blue Jays have a W/L % of .554 after a win and .397 after a loss.
  • Texas will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Rangers have a W/L % of .522 after a win and .653 after a loss.