ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Kyle Drabek became the latest Toronto starting pitcher to get knocked around by the Texas Rangers.
Drabek gave up a career-high nine runs in three innings and the Blue Jays dropped their fifth game in a row, 12-6 Sunday to the Rangers.
Adrian Beltre homered during a seven-run second inning and Yu Darvish posted his seventh victory as Texas completed a three-game sweep. The AL West leaders outscored the Blue Jays 34-16 in the series.
``We ran into a hot-hitting club,' Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. ``No matter who was on the mound, if we made a mistake inside the strike zone, they covered it.'
J.P. Arencibia hit two solo home runs for the Blue Jays. Colby Rasmus had three hits, including a two-run homer in the ninth.
Ian Kinsler homered, doubled and drove in four runs and Michael Young had three hits for Texas. Mike Napoli added a two-run shot, ending his 24-game homerless drought.
No Toronto starting pitcher made it past the sixth inning against the Rangers. In addition to Drabek's shortest outing of the season, Brandon Morrow didn't get out of the first inning on Friday.
Drabek (4-5) won the opener of Toronto's six-game road trip, beating Tampa Bay 6-2 on Monday. The Blue Jays pitchers had a 7.81 ERA and finished the road swing 1-5.
``I had to show up for the team and I didn't do that,' Drabek said.
Toronto shortstop Yunel Escobar left in the fifth inning with a strained left groin and second baseman Kelly Johnson missed his second game in a row with a sore left hamstring.
The Blue Jays had to call up two pitchers from the minors before the game to refresh a weary bullpen. Their relievers pitched 18 2-3 innings in the three games against Texas.
Toronto last lost five in a row during the middle of the 2010 season.
``This was a tough road trip,' Farrell said. ``We go back home kind of limping.'
``We've gone through a turn in the rotation where it's been less than what we pitched the previous 35 games,' he said. ``We have to go back to what made this group of five successful.'
Darvish (7-2) gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings and beat Drabek for the second time this year.
The Japanese rookie was coming off an outing in which he allowed five runs and walked a career-high six in four innings against Seattle.
Darvish threw 93 pitches on a 91-degree day, walking three and striking out three.
Rangers reliever Alexi Ogando left the game in the eighth with a bruised right hand when a line drive from Brett Lawrie glanced off him. X-rays were negative and the team said he is day-to-day.
The Rangers sent 11 batters to the plate and had five hits in the big second. Drabek gave up a single to Young and walked two to load the bases with one out, and a walk to Mitch Moreland forced home a run. Kinsler and Elvis Andrus hit two-run doubles and Beltre capped the burst with his 10th home run.
It was the fourth time this season the Rangers have scored seven or more runs in an inning.
Kinsler's two-run homer in the fourth made it 9-1.
NOTES: Toronto RHP Jesse Chavez, who had his contract selected from Triple-A Las Vegas before Sunday's game, pitched the final five innings and gave up three runs.
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