Jul 18, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; The Texas Rangers celebrate the win at the end of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.The Texas Rangers won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers: How they finally won

Maybe the All-star break is just what the doctor ordered.  The Texas Rangers finally snapped their 8 game losing streak and managed to do it against a good Toronto Blue Jays team.

The Rangers lost their home series against the Blue Jays and going in to this game there were a lot of questions marks.   Even with Yu Darvish on the mound hasn’t been a sure thing recently.

Also, to add to the doubts after the All-star break the Rangers recalled catcher J.P. Arencibia and Geovany Soto and designated Carlos Pena for assignment.

Many were left scratching their head when the Texas Rangers recalled Arencibia.  Especially going in to Toronto where he played horribly last year.

But, tonight’s game was a sign that the Texas Rangers still have something left in the tank.  They managed to strikeout a record 17 batters over 9 innings, something they have only done 3 times in franchise history.   Oddly enough this was the first time they won a game when they have recorded 17 strikeouts.

It probably helped some having Geovany Soto back behind the plate.  It appeared that Yu Darvish was using his changeup and other pitches more early in the game.  Typically he relies a lot on his fastball until late in the game.

Adrian Beltre got the night started off right with a solo home run and surprisingly J.P. Arencibia hit a long ball for a 3-run homer.

J.P. Arencibia totally redeems himself

 

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