TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays were widely regarded as the runner ups in the Yu Darvish sweepstakes this winter. They got a first-hand look at what might have been.
Darvish dazzled again in leading the Texas Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Monday night at the Rogers Centre. The victory keeps the Rangers as the only team in baseball that has not lost two consecutive games.
Darvish allowed one run on four hits with two walks and nine strikeouts over seven innings. He improved to 4-0 on the season with a 2.18 ERA.
Mike Adams worked a perfect eighth, and Joe Nathan closed out the ninth for his sixth save.
Offensively, the Rangers had a unique pair go deep in consecutive at-bats. Facing Blue Jays lefty Evan Crawford, Mitch Moreland roped an opposite field homer to left – his second career homer off a left-hander. Craig Gentry then followed with his first big league home run to clear the fence. He had an inside-the-park home run last year.
The Rangers scored single runs in the second and third on RBI doubles by Nelson Cruz and Elvis Andrus.
-- Drew Davison