If mashing a ton of homers was enough, the Jays wouldn’t be stuck in fourth in the division. Toronto hit two more bombs Thursday night, making it 10 over four games against the Rangers and 218 for the year, but both were solo jobs in a 4-2 loss.
Mississauga native Shawn Hill made his Jays debut, leaving with a pair on and a 2-0 deficit in the sixth, but a two-run Mitch Moreland double off Jesse Carlson left his line a little more crooked than it actually was. Lyle Overbay and Jose Bautista homered in the seventh and eighth to make it slightly competitive, but Neftali Feliz made quick work of the Jays in the ninth to close it out.
The loss comes a day after an 8-1 Texas romp, wrapping the series at two games apiece — not quite the result we were looking for after opening with a couple wins, but about as much as could’ve been expected with a pair of Minor League arms facing a team set to make the playoffs. It’ll get better though, at least for one night: Brett Cecil (12-7, 3.76) — he of AL East dominance fame — is on the hill Friday in the opener of a three-game series with the Rays, who Toronto swept at home back in early-August. James Shields (13-12, 4.96), who coughed up six of his league-high 30 homers in the middle game of that set, gets the ball for Tampa Bay.