In their first game back from the All-Star break, it appeared that the Rangers simply needed to play in a foreign country, as they dazzled their way to a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Adrian Beltre put the Rangers on the board first, with a solo shot in the fifth. After J.P. Arencibia was hit by a pitch, Rougned Odor tripled to give the Rangers their second run of the day.
Texas would extend their lead in the seventh, with Jake Smolinski and Leonys Martin collecting back-to-back singles for the Rangers. Making his first big league start since May, and his first start in his former ballpark, former Blue Jay Arencibia hit a three-run homer to left field to give Texas the 5-0 lead.
Colby Rasmus was Toronto's sole run producer of the game, hitting a solo home run to begin the seventh inning for the Jays.
After retiring all three batters he faced in the All-Star game, Yu Darvish got back to business against the Blue Jays. Darvish struck out 12 batters, reaching double digit strikeouts for the 26th time in his career, and nearly shutout what has been a powerful Toronto offense. Darvish's 26 double digit strikeout games bring him within eight game of Nolan Ryan for the Rangers club record.
In his first major league appearance of the year, after injuring his knee is spring training, Geovany Soto went 0-4 and allowed Toronto to steal a base. In his rehab appearances Soto had no hits, and managed to get arrested, so it's safe to say his return has been far from special.
Though the Rangers still have a little to no shot of making a push for the division title, winning the first game back from the All-Star game is a positive note for the team. The combination of veteran all-stars and young talent pushed Texas to their win tonight, and was a good representation of everything that is right for the 2014 Texas Rangers season.
The Rangers look to win their second straight Saturday afternoon in Toronto. Game time is slated for 2:07 p.m. CT.