Blue Jays beat Rangers 3-1 on Encarnacion hit

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ARLINGTON, Texas - Edwin Encarnacion hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Thursday night.

The slumping Rangers wasted another solid outing by Yu Darvish, who has made five consecutive starts without a victory.

Neal Cotts (2-1) replaced Darvish to start the eighth, when Emilio Bonifacio reached on a throwing error by Gold Glove third baseman Adrian Beltre. Munenori Kawasaki had a sacrifice bunt before Tanner Scheppers, the second reliever, walked Jose Bautista before the double by Encarnacion.

Esmil Rogers (2-2) allowed one run over seven innings, the same as Darvish, who struck out nine.

Darvish has a 2.08 ERA over 34 2-3 innings his last five starts.

Nelson Cruz homered for the Rangers, who have lost three in a row.



 
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