ARLINGTON – Yu Darvish didn’t have the best command of his pitches, but it wasn’t anything compared to the troubles of Kyle Drabek.
The Texas Rangers’ worked Drabek all day, knocking him out in the third inning of what became a 12-6 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon.
Texas swept Toronto by outscoring it 34-16 over the three-game series. It’s the third time the Rangers have swept an opponent this season, along with Minnesota (April 13-15) and Boston (April 17-18).
The Rangers broke the game open with a seven-run second, highlighted by consecutive two-run doubles by Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus and a two-run homer by Adrian Beltre.
Texas scored two more in the third on a homer by Ian Kinsler, snapping his 27-game homerless drought. The Rangers added three more runs in the seventh, including a two-run home run by Mike Napoli that narrowly cleared the right-field fence. It was Napoli’s first homer since April 25, and his first extra-base hit since May 13.
The Blue Jays scored single runs in the third, fourth, fifth and eighth, and two in the ninth, but the Rangers lead proved to be insurmountable.
Darvish made it through five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Mark Lowe, Alexi Ogando and Yoshinori Tateyama combined to close out the final four innings of the game.
-- Drew Davison