ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers' tailspin continued as the Toronto Blue Jays' Mark Buehrle and two relievers handcuffed Texas on five hits for an 8-0 victory Friday night in front of 37,203 fans at Rangers Ballpark.
Only once did the Rangers manage to get a runner as far as second base.
Texas lost its fourth straight and was shut out for the fourth time this season.
The Rangers have been held to five runs in their longest losing streak of the season. At least it was over quickly. The game required only 2 hours and 8 minutes, the quickest at Rangers Ballpark in two years.
Bad to worse: No sign of a letup in the Rangers’ scoring futility. Texas went 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position and is 2-for-13 in its four-game losing streak.
Most alarming is that in four games, the Rangers have had only 13 chances with a runner in scoring position, a shade more than three per game.
Elvis has left the game: Elvis Andrus was ejected in the sixth inning by home plate umpire Eric Cooper after being called out on strikes. Andrus vehemently protested the third strike and kept up a dialog after returning to the dugout.
Andrus went 0-for-3 and is 10-for-57 in his past 14 games. His average, now at .251, has fallen more than 30 points in the past 22 games.
Cooper also rang up Cruz, Craig Gentry (twice) and Soto on called third strikes.
Wake-up call: Toronto’s four-run fourth was like a bolt out of the blue to Rangers starter Justin Grimm.
Through three shutout frames, the right-hander limited the Blue Jays to one inconsequential single. But at the start of the fourth, a streak of lightning from the dark clouds beyond right field either shook Grimm or awoke the Toronto batters. More likely, the Blue Jays took advantage of a second time through the batting order.
With some fans from the lower deck starting for cover, Edwin Encarnacion began the fourth-inning barrage by bouncing a double into the right-field seats.
J.P. Arencibia added a 396-foot solo homer later in the inning.
Grimm was nicked for runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth, but made it through 7 2/3 innings and was charged with seven runs on 10 hits.