Blue Jays 3, Rangers 1

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Esmil Rogers matched Yu Darvish inning for inning and benefited from a late Edwin Encarnacion RBI double as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Texas 3-1 on Thursday night and handed the Rangers their third straight home loss.

In just his third start of the season, Rogers allowed one run on a solo homer and five hits in seven innings.

Darvish gave the Rangers another quality start but didn't get much help. Darvish struck out nine in seven innings to boost his American League-leadint total to 127 for the season and kept the Blue Jays at bay for most of the game. After a Maicer Izturis double in the fourth inning, Darvish retired the next 10 hitters.

But as soon as Darvish left the game, the Blue Jays made their move. Emilio Bonifacio led off the eighth by reaching on a throwing error. After Jose Bautista walked with two outs, Encarnacion drilled a two-run double off Tanner Scheppers into left-center field.

Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin injured his left wrist diving to make the play. He was diagnosed with a mild sprain and is listed as day to day.

Nelson Cruz gave Texas its first lead in 18 innings when he drilled a 3-2 pitch over the right field wall for a second-inning solo home run, his 16th homer of the season.

The Blue Jays didn't stay down long, stringing together a walk and two singles to tie it in the third. Melky Cabrera's single scored Bonifacio.

NOTES: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons will serve as an AL coach under Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland in the All-Star Game. This is the second time he has coached in an All-Star Game, the previous time in 2006. ... Toronto signed its third- and fourth-round picks, RHP Patrick Murphy and LHP Evan Smith. The Jays have signed 16 of the 40 players they drafted last week. ... With a 97-degree temperature at first pitch, Thursday's game was the hottest of the year for the Rangers. ... Rangers prospect Joey Gallo wrapped up a memorable three-day stretch in which he hit six home runs in five games over three days to take the minor league lead in home runs with 20. The 19-year-old third baseman is playing for Class A Hickory.
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