ARLINGTON, Texas(AP) Once the
Toronto Blue Jays
started scoring runs, the daunting task of facing the Texas offense became a little easier for
Tallet and two relievers combined for a two-hitter,
homered and the
beat the Rangers 9-0 Tuesday night.
Toronto gave Tallet a 4-0 cushion in the second to help the left-hander silence a Rangers team that is second in the majors
with 89 home runs
''Without a doubt, getting four runs in the second inning was big.'' Tallet said.'' After that you can say, 'Here it is.'
Let them hit and let your defense do the work. Then they just kept tacking on the runs. By the seventh inning, I was on cruise
Tallet (4-3) went seven innings to match the longest start of his career. He walked two, struck out three and retired the
last eight batters he faced to win for the second time in three starts.
and B.J. Ryan each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
Tallet has pitched at least six innings in eight consecutive outings.
''He pitched a great game,'' Toronto manager
said. ''To hold that team down without a score is really good.''
Lind, who hit two homers and drove in four runs in Toronto's 6-3 victory Monday, had a solo shot in the fifth. He is 20 for
45 his last 11 games.
hit a two-run homer in the eighth, and
went 3 for 4. Rolen is 6 for 8 in the first two games of the series against the Rangers.
, who lost a nine a row on the road coming into the series, posted their fifth shutout of the season.
''If you have to depend on one or two guys every night to hit, it's tough,'' Gaston said. ''It was a team win.''
(0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits over five innings in his first start of the season. The right-hander replaced
, who was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a stress fracture in his right shoulder blade.
Mathis had a spotless first before struggling in the second. He walked two batters and threw 35 pitches in the inning.
''I didn't help myself,'' said Mathis, who finished with 98 pitches. ''I fell behind too many guys. I can't blame anyone else
The first-place Rangers were shut out for the third time this season and lost its third in a row at home for the first time
this season. Boston's
threw a two-hitter against Texas on Saturday, and the Rangers were held to one hit by Detroit on May 19.
Tallet allowed a double to
in the second and single to
in the fourth. Toronto pitchers retired the last 14 Rangers hitters.
''It was a frustrating night,'' said Texas designated hitter
, who was 0 for 4. ''The balls were disappearing. (Tallet) pitched like
led off the second with a triple over center fielder
's head and scored on Lind's ground out.
After consecutive walks,
had an RBI single to make it 2-0.
capped the scoring in the second with a bases-loaded single that brought in two runs and stretched Toronto's lead to 4-0.
Lind hit a one-out home run in the fifth off Mathis, who made his fifth career start, that barely cleared the 14-foot fence
in left field. It was his fifth homer in five games.
In the seventh, Rolen doubled in Wells and scored on
Overbay has a 15-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in the majors.>
Notes: Rangers manager
said postgame that closer
was unavailable for a fifth straight game because of shoulder tightness. ...
surgery and miss the rest of the season. Litsch made two starts this season before going on the DL. ... Washington said he
would decide Wednesday whether LHP
(shoulder) could come off the disabled list to start Thursday's game. LHP
would take the mound if Harrison is unable to go.