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May 27, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers 12-6 victory -- and sweep -- over Blue Jays

The Texas Rangers completed their third sweep of the season, taking all three from the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend. They rolled to easy victories on Friday and Sunday behind offensive outbursts, and edged out a one-run victory on Saturday with a walk-off homer by Josh Hamilton.

Here are a few postgame notes following Sunday's victory:

* Yu Darvish earned his American League-leading seventh victory, allowing three runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts over five innings. Darvish had back stiffness that cut his outing short, as the 93 pitches matched his career low. Darvish didn't believe the back stiffness would cost him to miss any time, though.

* Mike Napoli went 2 for 3 with a two-run homer, his first blast since April 25. It was also his first extra-base hit since May 13. He entered the game mired in a 17 for 85 slump over his previous 26 games. "It was good for me to get a game like this today," Napoli said.

* Ian Kinsler went 2 for 5 with a double, a home run and two walks. It was Kinsler's first home run since April 24. "It was nice," Kinsler said. "It wasn't that big of a home run or a really important home run. It's cool to go over the fence and jog around the bases. That's a good feeling."

* Adrian Beltre had a two-run home run in the second. It was his 10th of the season, and he now has 13 double-digit home run seasons.

* Reliever Alexi Ogando left the game in the eighth inning with a bruised right hand. X-rays were negative, and he is listed day-to-day.

* The team announced a sold out crowd of 46,637 at Rangers Ballpark. It's the 16th sellout this season, the second most in franchise history. Having 16 sellouts on the 23rd home date, however, is a franchise record.

-- Drew Davison


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