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Blue Jays complete sweep of Rangers on the road

Jun 16, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

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Behind Chien-Ming Wang‘s seven shut-out innings and a trio of home runs, the Blue Jays downed the Rangers 7-2 this afternoon to complete a four-game series sweep in Texas. The Jays have won five in a row and eight of their last ten, slowly climbing their way back into AL East contention. They now sit 8.5 games behind the first-place Red Sox and 3.5 games behind the fourth-place Rays.

Over the last four games, Jays starters have compiled 26.2 innings and allowed just two earned runs (0.67 ERA). Colby Rasmus has hit four home runs in his last six games, while Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Adam Lind have continued to act as pillars in the lineup.

Many wrote the Jays off when they fell to 10-21 on May 4, but it’s a long season. The Jays are hitting their stride now and the rest of the AL East would be foolish to sleep on them.

  1. missthemexpos - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Edwin Encarnacion looked like Brooks Robinson at his finest playing 3rd. base today.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      That was a great catch. Beltran was the base runner at third and had to appreciate the play even though it prevented a couple of Texas runs..

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:21 PM

        I deserve a thumbs down for typing Beltran when I meant Beltre.

  2. nbjays - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Well said, Bill. Nice game this afternoon by the Beaver Boys to complete the sweep. Wang did his job for seven strong but Perez and Wagner made it interesting in the 9th. Luckily the Rangers can’t string two hits back to back lately. Rasmus and E5 have been raking all month and how about Adam Lind? His BA is up to .350 now, and he’s hitting damn near everything they throw to him.

    Off to Denver tomorrow and see if Johnson can tame the Rockies’ offense.

    • Shayna - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      If you’re off to Denver, you’ll be watching the game on TV. They’re playing in Toronto.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Wang was solid for his 7 innings. He did develop a blister so his next start may be moved back. Three Toronto hitters went long and deep. Six of the Toronto runs resulted from the homers. The 2 Texas runs in the bottom of the 9th were unearned.

    • missthemexpos - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      First we have Johnson with a blister problem, Wang develops a blister today, lets hope Dickey isn’t next to come down with a blister.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:44 AM

        Maybe they should use some lotion.

  4. cur68 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    I believe the prediction made by the Chimp Poo Flinging Prognosticator, diryharry1971 was a 2-7 Beaver record for this stretch with the Rangers and CWS. Well he had those numbers right (even though he was trying to count to ten and failing). Due to a rain out it WAS only 9 games. And it was 7 and 2 for the numbers. Only thing he got wrong was who was doing the winning and who the losing. The Beav are 8-2 over their last 10

    In fact, looking over the Yankees (ostensibly ‘harry’s team: never see him on their articles, though. For a “fan” of that club he sure doesn’t have much to say about them. Spends all his time here, with the Beav) for the same time period we see…4-6 for their last 10. Tsk.

    My Boys take on The Rockies at Skydome, tomorrow. Going for 6 in a row. I don’t care to venture a prediction, but I’m certain ‘harry will turn up to fling his poo for us. S’what he does.

    • nbjays - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      Hey Cur, as I mentioned to PC on another thread, you can tell the Jays are pitching well and winning games because there hasn’t been a peep out of ‘harry.

      Not that I particularly miss him, mind you…

      • cur68 - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        I kind of do miss him. He’s one of our most ardent fans. You have to duck the crap, but he flings with such passion! Besides, if he’s on here commenting that means he’s not breaking the law somewhere else. Its best for all if he’s kept off the streets.

  5. badintent - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Jays still need table setters for the big boppers. Lot of Jays HRs are solos. Gotta fix that soon. Happy for Wang for his comeback. Great story.

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