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Postby kaisy on Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:46 am

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Even though Mark Buehrle has struggled for most of the season, the veteran left-hander is still enjoying plenty of success against the Texas Rangers. Buehrle threw seven shutout innings, Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia homered, and the Toronto Blue Jays handed the Rangers their fourth straight loss, 8-0 on Friday night. Buehrle (3-4) improved to 13-5 against the Rangers. He gave up four singles and equaled his season high with seven strikeouts to win his first road game of the year. "I do like pitching in warm weather," Buehrle said. "Ive had some good games against these guys. But I didnt know the record." In his last five starts, the 34-year-old Buehrle is 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA. His ERA has dropped from 6.33 to 4.66 in that span. "Its not like hes come out of nowhere," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "But hes got to be on as good a roll as anybody in baseball." Rasmus hit a three-run shot in the fourth, and Arencibia capped the inning with a solo shot as the Blue Jays won for the sixth time in eight games. The Blue Jays have won four of five against the Rangers this season. "This is what we believed since the beginning that we could do," Toronto designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion said. "So we know what we can do and we want to keep doing it." Texas starter Justin Grimm (5-5) allowed 10 hits and seven runs in 7 2-3 innings. The rookie is 0-2 with an 11.66 ERA in his last three starts. The Rangers have scored only five runs in their four-game slide. It is their first four-game home losing streak since July 8-11, 2010. Texas frustration over the lack of offence boiled over in the sixth inning when shortstop Elvis Andrus was ejected after being called out on strikes by umpire Eric Cooper. Andrus yelled at Cooper from the dugout, and a bat was tossed onto the field after the shortstop was tossed. Craig Gentry and Leonys Martin showed their own frustration by slamming their batting helmets to the ground after outs. Texas manager Ron Washington said before the game his team needed one key hit to get the offence back in gear. The Rangers, however, barely got that chance as just one runner reached second base the entire game. The 2 hour, 8 minute game ended when Lance Berkman grounded into a double play, the Rangers third of the game. It was the quickest game played at Texas since May 23, 2011. "When going through the spells theyre going through, theyre going to get upset." Washington said. "If they dont get upset, that probably means they dont care." Encarnacion led off the fourth with a double, and Adam Lind followed with a single. Rasmus then lined an 0-2 pitch from Grimm over the fence in right field. One out later, Arencibia gave the Blue Jays a 4-0 lead with a solo shot to left. In the fifth, Encarnacion hit a two-out double off the wall in left and scored on Linds single. That was plenty of support for Buehrle, who threw a no-hitter against the Rangers in 2007. Texas only scoring threat came in the second when Adrian Beltre led off with a single and Nelson Cruz walked. Buehrle got out of trouble when Chris McGuiness bounced into a double play to end the threat. Buehrle had been 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in six road starts this season. "Im in a groove right now," Buehrle said. "Hopefully it wont change." Toronto added to its lead on Melky Cabreras RBI groundout in the seventh. Maicer Izturis had a run-scoring double in the eighth to push the advantage to 7-0. Rajai Davis added a sacrifice fly in the ninth. The Rangers were without infielder Jeff Baker, who missed the game after spraining his right wrist receiving a high five from what he called an "overexcited" teammate before Thursdays game. Baker didnt identify the teammate. The right-handed hitting Baker, who is batting .386 against left-handers, was expected to start against Buehrle. 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McKissic caught 11 passes for 113 yards and Arkansas State edged No. 25 Kent State 17-13 to win the Bowl. Arkansas States usually prolific offence struggled against Kent State, but the consistent Aplin-to-McKissic connection and a stingy defence was enough to help the Red Wolves (10-3) to their first bowl win since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1992. Kent State (11-3) was driving late in the game when quarterback Spencer Keith tried to scramble on fourth down and was stopped a few yards short of the marker with 52 seconds left. Linebacker Qushaun Lee made the shoestring tackle for the Red Wolves and finished with a team-leading 13 stops. "That was a good one," Arkansas State interim coach John Thompson said. "Our guys stepped up with a minute to go. We really needed a play, and our guys made one. It wasnt anything except for ballplayers. It was anything special at all. We just made plays." Darrell Hazell roamed the Kent State sideline one more time in the Golden Flashes first bowl game since 1972. He is leaving the program to take over at Purdue. Thompson, a veteran defensive co-ordinator, coached the Red Wolves after Gus Malzahn left to take the Auburn job last month. It was the second straight season Arkansas State had to play its bowl game without the coach that led it to a Sun Belt championship -- Hugh Freeze left for Mississippi in 2011 before last years Bowl, which the Red Wolves lost 38-20 to Northern Illinois. The results were much better this time -- and the defensive-minded Thompson was especially pleased with that side of the ball. Arkansas States offence was dominant during the last half of the regular season, averaging more than 41 points during a seven-game winning streak. But the Red Wolves had to rely on their defence in this one while the offence slowly warmed up. Kent State took a 7-0 lead on Dri Archers 16-yard touchdown run and the margin could have been worse, but Arkansas State linebacker Nathan Herrold picked off a tipped pass in the end zone to end a promising drive for the Golden Flashes. David Oku rushed for a tying 10-yard touchdown with 5:40 remaining in the second quarter, and then Aplin hit McKissic for a 331-yard touchdown minutes later to make it 14-7.dddddddddddd "Our offence did exactly what it was supposed to do," Thompson said. "They did a great job. Ryan Aplin took some shots -- I guess I can say it now -- some unnecessary shots that werent good. But our defence -- weve got men over there. Grown men." Kent State responded with a 42-yard field goal by Freddy Cortez just before halftime. The teams traded field goals in the third quarter, but neither team could score in the fourth. The Golden Flashes put together one last drive in the final minutes, with Keith completing a clutch 15-yard pass over the middle on fourth down with less than two minutes remaining. He was headed for another fourth-down conversion just four plays later, but was tripped up on a scramble deep in Arkansas State territory. The Red Wolves then began to celebrate on their sideline. "I saw their defence drop back really fast, and I thought I had enough room to get the first down," Keith said. "But they were able to get me on the ankle." It was a disappointing end to an otherwise breakthrough season for Kent State, which set a school record with 11 victories, including a 10-game winning streak that lasted nearly three months. But they dropped their last two games, including a 44-37 double-overtime loss to Northern Illinois on Nov. 30 in the Mid-American Conference championship. One reason Kent State was able to win 11 games was a dynamic rushing attack that averaged more than 250 yards per game. But the duo of Archer and Trayion Durham didnt have a particularly good game against the Red Wolves. Archer, who missed much of the second half with an apparent injury, led the Golden Flashes with 77 yards rushing while Durham added 68. Aplin completed 21 of 30 passes in his final college game. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior owns nearly every school passing record and is the Sun Belt two-time player of the year. This wasnt one of his most spectacular games, but he was consistent, made very few mistakes and had no turnovers. That was no small feat against Kent State, which led the nation with 38 takeaways coming into the game. The Golden Flashes couldnt get one against the Red Wolves. "That was a huge part of our game plan," Aplin said. "We knew we couldnt afford to give them momentum. Our guys did a great job taking care of the ball and giving our defence a chance to help us win." ' ' '
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