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May 02, 2012

Final: Blue Jays 11, Rangers 5 (Texas loses consecutive games for first time)

TORONTO -- The Texas Rangers hadn’t been blown out. Until Wednesday afternoon, that is.

The Toronto Blue Jays knocked out Matt Harrison in the fourth, and rolled to an 11-5 victory over the Rangers at the Rogers Centre. The Jays took the final two games of the three-game series, as the Rangers lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

Harrison unraveled after the second inning, eerily similar to Neftali Feliz’s outing on Tuesday. He worked two relatively easy innings before giving up an infield single to J.P. Arencibia to start the third.

After Rajai Davis grounded into a fielder’s choice, Kelly Johnson swatted a two-run homer to right. It’s the first home run a left-handed batter has hit off Harrison this season.

Things got worse for Harrison in a six-run fourth.

He issued a leadoff walk and then gave up back-to-back doubles to Eric Thames and J.P. Arencibia. Davis then reached on an infield single, Johnson drew a walk 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.

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

Trailing 8-1, the Rangers got back in it with a four-run fifth. But that was as close as they’d come.

Toronto broke it open in the sixth with a three-run homer by Encarnacion off Feldman.

-- Drew Davison


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