Published November 20, 2014
Adam Lind homered twice and drove in five runs for the Toronto Blue Jays, who got off to a fast start on the way to a 10-3 victory over the AL West-leading Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
Lind had an RBI single in Toronto's five-run outburst in the first off Matt Harrison (3-2). Lind then homered leading off the third and hit a three-run homer the next inning for his fifth career multihomer game — his third at Rangers Ballpark.
Jesse Litsch (2-1), recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to make the start, held Texas to three runs and seven hits over six innings. The big right-hander struck out one and walked two.
Toronto got singles on each of the first two pitches of the game, a liner to right by Yunel Escobar and a bunt by Corey Patterson. Jose Bautista then walked before Lind singled to right on the next pitch. There were two bases-loaded walks before the Rangers finally got outs when Travis Snider grounded into a double play that sent another runner home.
John McDonald's RBI single made it 5-0.
After Lind's homer leading off the third for a 6-3 lead, the Blue Jays had three consecutive singles. Snider's hit drove in another run.
Brett Tomko took over for Harrison to start the fourth. Patterson doubled and Bautista walked again before Lind hit a towering 418-foot shot to right.
Lind has nine homers his past 12 games in Texas. He had a pair of two-homer games there during the 2009 season, including a career-high eight RBIs that Aug. 31 in an 18-10 Blue Jays' victory.
Harrison, the left-hander who has lost consecutive starts since a 3-0 start, gave up seven runs and eight hits with three walks and one strikeout. Tomko, in only his second major league appearance since 2009, struck out five in five innings.
Texas got all of its runs in the second after consecutive hits by the bottom four batters in the order. After David Murphy's two-out double, Yorvit Torrealba had an RBI single, Chris Davis doubled and Julio Borbon hit a two-run single.
The Blue Jays had multiple runs in three of the first four innings, after a two-game stretch when they had managed to score in only one inning. They were shut out Sunday against Tampa Bay before winning 6-4 in the series opener at Texas when they hit three home runs while scoring all their runs in the same inning.
The only other time Toronto scored in double digits this season was in a 13-3 win opening day.
Right-handed reliever Frank Francisco, traded from Texas to Toronto in January, pitched a scoreless eighth with a walk in his first appearance against the Rangers.
Notes: Bautista leads the AL with his .362 batting average and 23 walks. ... Texas has given up more than 10 runs twice this season. The other was on the previous Tuesday night in a 15-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. ... Toronto DH Edwin Encarnacion missed his fourth consecutive game with a sore left wrist. He could be back in the lineup Wednesday. ... Toronto OF Rajai Davis (right ankle sprain) could still come off the 15-day disabled list during the series in Texas despite being hit by a pitch on his left wrist in a rehab game for Double-A New Hampshire on Monday night. Manager John Farrell said the wrist is just bruised.