Hunter Gives Up Seven Runs In Seven Innings, Rangers Lose, 7-2

Tommy Hunter gave up seven runs, including three home runs, in seven innings of work as the Rangers losing streak was extended to four with a 7-2 loss in Toronto.

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Rangers Lose Fourth In A Row, Fall 7-2 To Blue Jays

(Sports Network) – Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer and Aaron Hill clubbed a two-run shot, as the Toronto Blue Jays earned a 7-2 decision over the American League West-leading Texas Rangers in the opener of a four- game series at Rogers Centre.

Yunel Escobar added a solo shot for the Blue Jays, who have won two straight and split their last six overall.

Ricky Romero (12-8) threw seven solid innings, allowing one run on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in earning the victory.

Michael Young had an RBI double among three hits and David Murphy chipped in with a run-scoring single for Texas, which has dropped four in a row and seven of nine, but still leads the division by 7 1/2 games ahead of Oakland.

Tommy Hunter (12-3), a winner of three straight starts coming in, was roughed up for seven runs on as many hits, walked a pair and struck out four over seven innings. Left-hander Cliff Lee was originally scheduled to get the start, but was pushed back until Tuesday, then scratched with an ailing back.

Toronto got a gift run in the second to open the scoring. With runners on second and third, and two outs, John Buck struck out swinging, but a wild pitch scored Wells, who started the inning with an infield single.

Then with two aboard in the third, Wells lined a fastball that just cleared the left-field wall for a 4-0 Blue Jays advantage. After Lyle Overbay reached with a double, Hill clubbed a two-run shot to left.

Murphy got the Rangers on the board with an RBI single in the fourth. Texas then stranded two runners in both the fifth and seventh innings.

Meanwhile, Hunter settled down to retire 12 in a row before serving up a solo homer to Escobar with two outs in the seventh that put the Jays in front, 7-1.

Shawn Camp took over for Romero in the eighth and tossed a scoreless inning. Brian Tallet came on for the ninth and allowed an run-scoring two-out double to Young. Nelson Cruz then flied out to end the game.

Game Notes

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton missed the game with a rib cage injury and will likely sit out this week…Prior to the game, Texas recalled infielder Esteban German from Triple-A Oklahoma City and designated infielder Alex Cora for assignment…The Blue Jays have won six of their seven matchups with the Rangers this season.

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Rangers Designate Alex Cora For Assignment, Purchse Contract Of Esteban German

Per Anthony Andro, the Rangers have designated infielder Alex Cora for assignment and purchased the contract of infielder Esteban German.

Cora had only appeared in four games for the Rangers after signing with Texas. He had seven at bats, going two for seven in them.

German has played with AAA Oklahoma City all season, posting a batting line of .280/.371/.388 and 50 stolen bases.

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Rangers Look To Halt Losing Streak In Toronto

(Sports Network) - Tommy Hunter steps in for the ailing Cliff Lee this afternoon when the Texas Rangers open a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

The original plan was to have Lee get an extra day of rest because of his ailing back, but the left-hander was scratched altogether from his scheduled start on Tuesday.

"We're going to err on the side of caution," general manager Jon Daniels said.

So, instead it will be Hunter, who has won his last three starts. Hunter's latest win came on Wednesday in Kansas City, as he limited the Royals to a pair of runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings to improve to 12-2, while lowering his earned run average to 3.64.

Hunter has faced the Blue Jays twice and is 1-0 against them with a 7.50 ERA.

Lee isn't the only Ranger who is dealing with an injury concern, as AL MVP candidate Josh Hamilton will likely sit out this week with a ribcage injury he suffered while crashing into a wall on Saturday. Hamilton watched from the dugout on Sunday when the Rangers were swept in a three-game set by the Minnesota Twins, falling 6-5 in the finale at Target Field.

Matt Treanor drove in two while Julio Borbon, Cristian Guzman and Vladimir Guerrero added RBI hits in the ninth for the Rangers, who slid to their sixth loss in eight outings. However, they still lead the AL West by eight games over the Oakland Athletics.

C.J. Wilson (14-6) was tagged in the loss for seven hits and six runs, striking out five but walking four over 5 1/3 frames.

Toronto, meanwhile, avoided a sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees on Sunday, as Vernon Wells and Aaron Hill both knocked in three runs to help the Blue Jays to 7-3 win.

Wells hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Hill matched him in the third, while John Buck added a solo shot off New York starting pitcher Phil Hughes.

"It's a good win for us. We did not have a great road trip (2-4 record)," said Toronto manager Cito Gaston.

Brett Cecil (12-7) allowed three runs on seven hits and walked four over 6 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays, who lead the majors with 208 home runs this season.

Heading to the hill for the Jays today will be left-hander Ricky Romero, who is 11-8 with a 3.60 ERA. Romero picked up the win on Tuesday against Tampa Bay, as he allowed five runs (four earned) and three hits in 7 1/3 innings.

Romero tossed a five-hit shutout to beat the Rangers the last time he faced them and is 1-1 in three starts against them with a 0.81 ERA.

The Blue Jays have won five of their six matchups with the Rangers this season.

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