It was a promising start for the Blue Jays' Jo-Jo Reyes – a one-two-three first inning Friday night against a potent Texas Rangers lineup.

The left-hander got ahead in the count. He kept the ball down. He induced groundballs.

But that was as good as it got.

The Rangers, who came into the game ranked second behind the Boston Red Sox in American League batting, showed why, pounding out 13 hits in a 12-2 victory.

"You leave some pitches up to those guys and you know they're going to hurt you," said Reyes, who gave up eight runs, all earned, in 4.1 innings.

"They're not just a Joe Shmoe team. They're a good team. They've been on a roll," said Reyes, who is 0-1 with a 10.29 ERA against the Rangers here this season.