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TOR@TEX: Borbon plates a pair with a single to center

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington had a simple explanation for what happened to pitcher Matt Harrison on Tuesday night.

"He just didn't have it," Washington said.

Harrison, not particularly happy with his performance either, could hardly argue after allowing seven runs in three innings in a 10-3 loss to the Blue Jays at the Ballpark in Arlington.

"I guess you could say that," Harrison said. "It's certainly a night I want to forget."

The only person who will likely have a clear recollection of this night was Toronto outfielder Adam Lind, who hit two home runs and drove in five runs in leading the Blue Jays to their second straight victory over the Rangers. Lind has five multihomer games in his career, and three have come at the Ballpark in Arlington.

"I just had a good game tonight," Lind said. "I didn't feel real great coming in [Monday]. I was hitting .230, we just got it put to us by [James] Shields and David Price and all of the pitchers before that the last two weeks. It feels like we've been facing some tough pitching."

The Rangers had a 10-hit night as the bottom of their order -- Yorvit Torrealba, Chris Davis and Julio Borbon -- were a combined 7-for-11. But Texas trailed, 5-0, before it came to bat in the bottom of the first, and that made for a long night.

"It wasn't pretty," third baseman Adrian Beltre said.

Rangers designated hitter Michael Young went 0-for-4, snapping a 15-game hitting streak that was the third longest in the Majors this season and sixth longest in his career.

Harrison went into the game with a 1.88 ERA, sixth best in the American League. But he gave up five runs in the first and two more in the third, inflating his ERA to 3.69. It all ended a streak of four straight quality starts to open the season.

At least six innings are required for a "quality start" and Harrison only made it halfway. He threw 60 pitches, 36 for strikes.

He faced 18 batters and 11 reached base on eight hits and three walks. Two of those walks came in the first with the bases loaded and that's the first time Harrison has done that in his Major League career.

"I made it worse than it should have been," Harrison said. "I should have kept attacking the zone and make them swing the bats rather than walking in runs. I was just missing my spots and not making my pitches."

Harrison had no command of his fastball and couldn't throw any other pitch across the plate. He abandoned the curve ball after completely missing with it three times.

"It just wasn't his night," Washington said. "They jumped all over his fastball and he couldn't get anything else over. You get 32 starts and you might have one of those. You might have two or three. He battled but he just couldn't get it done."

Harrison found himself in trouble after just two pitches. Yunel Escobar lined the first pitch of the game into right field for a single and Corey Patterson bunted the second one down the first-base line. Both Harrison and Davis, starting at first base, hesitated for a moment going after the bunt, and Patterson ended up beating it out for a hit.

Harrison then started causing his own problems as he walked Jose Bautista to load the bases. Lind grounded a single to right to score one run and Harrison walked both Juan Rivera and J.P. Arencibia to force in two more.

"That struck a nerve and really ticked me off," Harrison said. "That should never have happened. That team swings the bat, you really shouldn't walk three guys in that lineup. They're going to swing the bat if you get the ball near the zone. But I started nibbling."

Travis Snider followed with a high chopper down the third-base line. Beltre fielded it on the run, stepped on the bag and threw to first for a double play. But one run scored and John McDonald's single to center made it 5-0. Harrison threw 29 pitches in the first, only 13 for strikes.

Texas made it interesting with three runs in the bottom of the second. But Harrison, who retired the side in order in the top of the second, couldn't keep it there. Lind hit his first home run to open the third against Harrison, and three straight singles by Rivera, Arencibia and Snider brought home another run.

Harrison did not return for the fourth. Brett Tomko took over and immediately gave up a three-run home run to Lind that made it 10-3. Lind has 14 career homers against the Rangers, his most against any club. He has nine home runs and 25 RBIs in 12 games at the Ballpark.

"He hits us pretty good, that's for sure," Washington said. "We've got to figure out how to get him out and see if we can do it the next two nights."

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