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Blue Jays power past Rangers 11-5

ROUTS:The Jays handed Texas their first consecutive losses of the season, while Jake Arrieta pitched eight scoreless innings to lift the Orioles over the Yankees


The Seattle Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki, left, dives back to the bag on a pick-off throw to Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Carlos Pena, right, during the first inning of their MLB American League game in St Petersburg, Florida, on Wednesday.

Photo: Reuters


Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer and Kelly Johnson added a two-run drive to power the Blue Jays to an 11-5 win over Texas on Wednesday, giving the Rangers consecutive losses for the first time this season.

Toronto piled on six runs in the fourth inning, chasing Texas starter Matt Harrison (3-2) who allowed eight runs — tying his career worst — in just 3-1/3 innings.

He has given up 15 runs over 8-1/3 innings in his past two outings.

Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero (4-0) gave up six hits in eight innings and struck out a season-high six.


In New York, Jake Arrieta pitched eight scoreless innings to steer Baltimore past New York.

Arrieta (2-2) tied a career best with nine strikeouts and did not issue a single walk as the Orioles earned a rare series win in New York with a team pitching effort not seen since the days of Jim Palmer and Mike Flanagan.

The Yankees were held to two runs or fewer in three straight home games for the first time since 1978.

New York starter Ivan Nova (3-1) was aiming to match Roger Clemens’ team record of 16 straight winning decisions, but took the loss.


In St Petersburg, Florida, James Shields became the first pitcher in the American League to notch five victories this season, guiding Tampa Bay to a narrow win over Seattle.

Shields (5-0) allowed five hits and struck out 11 over six innings to win his sixth straight decision over two seasons — matching the longest winning streak of his career.

Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homer for the Rays off Blake Beavan (1-4) in the third and Luke Scott added a solo shot in the sixth that glanced off the center fielder’s glove and put the hosts up 5-4.


In Boston, Massachusetts, Brandon McCarthy held Boston to one run over 6-2/3 innings, leading Oakland to victory.

McCarthy (2-3) improved to 8-0 against AL East clubs dating back to 2009.

Daniel Bard (2-3) took the loss, allowing four runs over 5-1/3 innings for the Red Sox, who have lost seven of their past eight in Fenway Park.


In Chicago, Illinois, Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner homered to lead Cleveland over Chicago.

Santana hit a three-run shot in the fifth inning that landed well behind the Indians’ bullpen beyond right field. Hafner added a two-run shot in the ninth.

Four Cleveland relievers combined for three scoreless innings, extending the bullpen’s shutout streak to 15-2/3 innings.

Joe Smith (1-0) picked up the win and Chris Perez pitched the ninth inning for his eighth save in nine chances.

Chicago reliever Will Ohman (0-1) took the loss.


In Detroit, Michigan, Chris Getz’s infield single in the ninth inning lifted Kansas City over Detroit.

Tigers pitcher Joaquin Benoit (0-1) gave up a double to Mike Moustakas, who advanced to third on a groundout and scored when Getz hit a grounder that was too deep into the hole for the shortstop to make a strong enough throw to home.

Kansas City’s Tim Collins (1-0) got two outs in the bottom of the eighth for the win.

Royals closer Jonathan Broxton gave up a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth, but induced a game-ending double play to take the save.


In Anaheim, California, Jered Weaver pitched the second no-hitter in the majors in less than two weeks, as Los Angeles routed Minnesota.

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