Posted August 17, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Edwin Encarnacion hit his 31st home run, J.A. Happ won his second straight start and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Yu Darvish and the Rangers 3-2 Friday night, handing Texas its fourth loss in five games. Darvish (12-9) lost for the second time in three starts, allowing three runs and three hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out 10. For Darvish, it was the seventh time this season he's reached double figures in strikeouts, tying him with Jim Bibby (1973) for the Rangers rookie mark. Encarnacion, who became the first major leaguer to homer off Darvish when he took him deep in an April 30 Texas win at Rogers Centre, did it again with a second deck blast in the first, his 31st. Happ (2-1) matched a Blue Jays record by striking out six straight batters in the second and third innings. Ted Lilly struck out six straight against Boston in 2004, and Marc Rzepczynski did it against the New York Yankees in 2010. Happ gave up one runs and two hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out eight. Steve Delabar and Brandon Lyon each got two outs, Aaron Loup struck out the only batter he faced, Brad Lincoln got the final out of the eighth and Casey Janssen finished for his 16th save in 18 chances. Held without a hit through the first four innings, Texas got on the board in the fifth. Michael Young and David Murphy led off with back-to-back singles and both runners moved up on Geovany Soto's sacrifice before Young scored on Craig Gentry's RBI groundout. Toronto restored its two-run lead in the fifth. Anthony Gose tripled on a ball that dropped in front of a diving Gentry in center and scored on Rajai Davis' single. Davis stole second and third but was left stranded when Kelly Johnson struck out. Texas cut the gap to 3-2 with an unearned run off Delabar in the seventh. Third baseman Omar Vizquel made a fielding error on Mike Olt's bases loaded grounder, allowing Adrian Beltre to score. Lyon came on and ended the inning by getting Ian Kinsler to ground into a fielder's choice. NOTES: Rangers RHP Ryan Dempster is not with the team and will miss his scheduled start Saturday for personal reasons, the team said. Recently demoted starter Roy Oswalt will start in his place. ... Texas OF Nelson Cruz (right hamstring) was held out of the starting lineup but came on as a pinch hitter in the seventh. Adrian Beltre, who is also nursing a sore hamstring, started at DH for the Rangers. ... Toronto OF Jose Bautista (left wrist) took the day off Friday after hitting in the cage the past two days. Bautista, out since July 17, is expected to take part in full batting practice Saturday and Sunday before beginning a rehab assignment. ... Blue Jays manager John Farrell had little to say about reports that he is a candidate to take over as manager of the Boston Red Sox. ''I'm under contract here,'' said Farrell, who served as Boston's pitching coach from 2006 to 2010. ''I'm not going to comment on speculation and conjecture.''
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