Monday, August 4, 2008

Laird's homers give Rangers win over Jays

No luck. Suddenly no pitching. Little chance.

That's about the size of it, given the way the Toronto Blue Jays lost the rubber match of a three-game series with the Texas Rangers on Sunday night in sweltering Arlington.

Gerald Laird hit a pair of two-run homers in consecutive at-bats to lead the Rangers to an 8-4 victory in a game that turned on both the long ball and a bad umpiring decision.

Laird's strokes came off Toronto starter David Purcey (in the lineup so Roy Halladay could have an extra day of rest), who gave up just three hits in his five innings of work, all of them, unfortunately, homers.

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