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TEX@TOR: Young's double to right plates Hamilton

TORONTO -- C.J. Wilson lost the game but not his sense of humor. He laughed when asked if he could identify what went wrong on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre. He pointed at himself.

"Yeah, somewhere between the first and the fourth inning I gave up seven runs, I gave up a lot of hits and a lot of balls that were hit hard," Wilson said. "I fell behind in the count and I didn't throw quality pitches. When you do that, good teams are going to hit the ball hard. It was pretty straightforward today."

The end result was the Rangers trailing by seven runs after four innings and went on to a 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays. The Rangers ended up losing two of three to the Blue Jays but remain two games ahead of the Angels in the American League West.

Wilson, after pitching brilliantly in a 1-0 loss to the Angels on July 21, has now suffered through his two shortest outings of the season. After lasting just four-plus innings in the Rangers' 9-8 loss to the Twins on Tuesday, Wilson was out there for just 3 2/3 innings and 84 pitches on Sunday afternoon.

He has allowed 13 runs (10 earned) on 14 hits and seven walks in his last two games. He is 10-5 with a 3.38 ERA on the season.

"It hasn't been good at all," Wilson said. "My mechanics are off. I watched a lot of video -- I had some free time between the fifth and the ninth innings -- trying to make a positive out of this, and I threw 80 different pitches with about 40 different deliveries. I'm just not consistent.

"Not being able to throw the ball where you want it is frustrating. But I'm not a finished product, so there is always going to be a bump in the road. There's always something to work on and something I can do better. You're going to have your ups and downs, just like the stock market. Today, my location was off and I wasn't able to command my pitches for strikes."

Manager Ron Washington didn't put all the blame on Wilson. Shortstop Andres Blanco, activated off the 15-day disabled list before the game, had a throwing error in the second inning that led to an unearned run. In the third, left-fielder Josh Hamilton misplayed a single by Colby Rasmus.

It went past Hamilton for an error, putting Rasmus in scoring position. He ended up scoring on a wild pitch and a double-play grounder for another unearned run.

"We made his day tougher in the second and third innings," Washington said. "We didn't make plays we should have made. C.J. is a battler, but it didn't happen for him today. When you play this game long enough, you're going to have some spots where things don't go your way. That's why they call it a season."

Wilson's troubles though started in the first, when he walked Jose Bautista with two outs and then gave up a two-run home run to Edwin Encarnacion on a full-count fastball.

In the fourth, the Blue Jays broke it open with a pair of two-out doubles by Rajai Davis and Rasmus that gave them a 7-0 lead. That was the end of Wilson's day.

"It just wasn't his day and he had been out there long enough," Washington said.

Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow was much sharper, holding the Rangers to two runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out 11 and was going against a lineup that was missing Nelson Cruz, Ian Kinsler, Yorvit Torrealba and Elvis Andrus. All were given Sunday off for one reason or another.

"We pitched very well this series," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "I know they've got a couple of key guys that are missing out of their lineup, but still, they've got some potent bats up and down the order. They can go to their bench and get a very good player.

"But we've held them to three runs or less in each of these three games. We were able to control the tempo, control the game from the mound. Just a good series, a good series to win. Anytime you're going up against Texas, when you can take two of three, we feel like we're making gains and making strides, for sure."

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