Arencibia haunts Jays with homer in 5-1 loss to Rangers

Texas Rangers first baseman J.P. Arencibia catches a foul pop up against the Toronto Blue Jays at...

Texas Rangers first baseman J.P. Arencibia catches a foul pop up against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, July 18, 2014. (TOM SZCZERBOWSKI/Getty Images/AFP)

Ken Fidlin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:41 PM ET

The Blue Jays may have been looking for a fresh start Friday night, but it turned into the same old sad story.

And how could it not be so? The Toronto lineup has so many holes in it at this point that Texas pitcher Yu Darvish looked like a man among boys.

He teased the Blue Jays with an assortment of breaking pitches that they could only flail at in despair on their way to a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the struggling Texas Rangers.

Not a good way to begin a critical two-week stretch leading up to the trade deadline.

As if Darvish’s five-hit, 12-strikeout performance over 6.2 innings wasn’t enough to embarrass the Jays, how about a three-run home run by ex-teammate J.P. Arencibia, who came into this game hitting .133 with one home run as a Ranger this year?

Only Colby Rasmus solved Darvish in any meaningful way, launching his 13th home run of the year to lead off the seventh.

The Blue Jays have now lost 24 of their last 35 games and, with this last


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