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Toronto at Texas

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Rangers 6, Blue Jays 5

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Even with the Texas Rangers ahead by six runs in the second inning, Francisco Cordero never even considered getting the day off. A good closer never thinks that.

Sure enough, the Rangers needed their bullpen ace and he delivered, retiring the Toronto Blue Jays' top three hitters on just seven pitches to preserve a 6-5 victory Sunday.

"That's my job, to come in a game like that and settle it down," said Cordero, whose five saves are tied for most in the majors. "I'm never thinking about a day off. These are big-league hitters. Even when it's 12-0, you've got to be ready."

Hank Blalock and Michael Young each had two-run home runs and David Dellucci had a strange two-run triple, all off Toronto's Josh Towers (1-1), giving Texas starter Chris Young an early 6-0 lead.

But the Blue Jays showed why they came in leading the AL in runs, opening the sixth with the top of their lineup putting together three straight singles. They ended up knocking out Young (1-1) that inning, then got within a run in the seventh and had runners on the corners with two out.

That rally ended when Texas' Adrian Gonzalez, playing first base instead of designated hitter for the first time this season, backhanded a hard grounder by Eric Hinske. Then Toronto put the tying run on second base in the eighth, leaving Rangers manager Buck Showalter thinking "it might be getting away from us."

Soon, Cordero was warming up.

He came in to start the ninth and hardly broke a sweat. He got a fly ball and a groundout, then coaxed Shea Hillenbrand -- who had been 3-for-4 -- to hit a first-pitch grounder to shortstop.

"I don't care who I face, I just go out there and do my job," Cordero said.

Cordero had a club-record 49 saves last season, when he also made the All-Star team and earned a big new contract. He had trouble with his pitching shoulder during the early part of spring training and blew two of his first four save chances this season.

He seems back in a groove now, having gone three-up, three-down in consecutive outings.

"He's lights out," Chris Young said. "You always hope you can turn it over to him."

Young never had that chance his first two starts, getting roughed up by the Angels both times. This time, he retired the first six batters, didn't allow a hit until Hillenbrand tripled to lead off the fourth, then got through the fifth on just nine pitches.

Young could've gotten out of a sixth-inning jam with only one run had he caught a two-out line drive from Reed Johnson. But he closed his glove too soon and it turned into an infield single, prompting Showalter to pull Young before anything else could go wrong.

"It was kind of a weird inning," said Young, who allowed four runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings, with a career-high six strikeouts.

Texas rebounded from its first shutout by opening the game with a single by Alfonso Soriano, Blalock's homer and a single by Michael Young. After Kevin Mench singled, Dellucci appeared to have another single until left fielder Frank Catalanotto misplayed the hit and the ball rolled to the warning track. The official scorer called it "a bad-hop triple," even though the ball did not appear to move all that awkwardly.

Towers was pulled after giving up Young's homer and two singles in the second.

"Pitches were flat, I was up in the zone," said Towers, gave up six runs on eight hits in just two innings, sending his ERA from 2.13 to 5.52. "Everybody in the big leagues is going to hit those pitches I threw up there."

The Rangers had just four singles the rest of the game and reached third base only once the rest of the game against four relievers.

"We haven't been blown out of a game yet," Hillenbrand said. "We feel good about ourselves."

Notes

Johnson was hit in his first at-bat after getting plunked three times the previous game. ... Toronto OF Vernon Wells, who has sore ribs and is in a 2-for-23 skid, got the day off. ... Texas OF Richard Hidalgo, in a 3-for-34 slump, got his first day off and C Sandy Alomar Jr. got his first start. ... Koskie was initially in the lineup at third base, but he ended up at DH because of a sore neck that's been keeping him out of the field. Hillenbrand, who was going to be DH, replaced him at third base. ... The Rangers put RHP Ryan Bukvich on the disabled list with a sore elbow and recalled RHP Nick Regilio for the third time this season.
 
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Players of the Game
Texas

M. Young
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Toronto

S. Hillenbrand
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Frank Catalanotto, LF5110010 .286
Orlando Hudson, 2B5110002 .224
Shea Hillenbrand, 3B5331010 .385
Corey Koskie, DH4011013 .209
Alex Rios, CF3021000 .325
Eric Hinske, 1B4000015 .279
Reed Johnson, RF3011010 .296
Greg Myers, C2000001 .000
   a- Frank Menechino, PH0001100 .111
    Gregg Zaun, C1010000 .353
Russ Adams, SS2000011 .207
   b- John McDonald, PH-SS2000014 .385
Totals3651051716 
a-walked for Myers in the 6th
b-struck out for R. Adams in the 6th
Batting
2B - Corey Koskie (1, Mahay), Gregg Zaun (4, Brocail)
3B - Shea Hillenbrand (1, C. Young)
SF - Alex Rios (2)
RBI - Shea Hillenbrand (6), Corey Koskie (5), Alex Rios (8), Reed Johnson (4), Frank Menechino (2)
2-OUT RBI - Corey Koskie (4), Reed Johnson (1), Frank Menechino (1)
Team LOB - 7
Toronto Blue Jays
Josh Towers (L,1-1) 2866002 5.52
Pete Walker 3300110 0.00
Vinny Chulk 1100000 0.00
Scott Schoeneweis 1.1000010 7.71
Justin Speier 0.2000010 5.79
WP - Vinny Chulk (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Towers 40-26, Pete Walker 41-23, Vinny Chulk 8-5, Scott Schoeneweis 11-9, Justin Speier 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Towers 1-5, Pete Walker 4-3, Vinny Chulk 1-2, Scott Schoeneweis 2-1
Batters Faced - Josh Towers 14, Pete Walker 12, Vinny Chulk 4, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Justin Speier 2
Texas Rangers
Alfonso Soriano, 2B4110002 .288
Hank Blalock, 3B4122002 .321
Michael Young, SS4222002 .321
Mark Teixeira, DH4010002 .208
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000012 .214
Kevin Mench, RF4120000 .216
David Dellucci, LF3012110 .250
Sandy Alomar Jr., C4010002 .500
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4120011 .217
Totals3561261313 
Batting
3B - David Dellucci (1, Towers)
HR - Hank Blalock (3, Towers), Michael Young (2, Towers)
RBI - Hank Blalock 2 (7), Michael Young 2 (12), David Dellucci 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Young 2 (10), David Dellucci 2 (3)
CS - Kevin Mench (2, 2nd base by Walker/Myers)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Soriano
E - Adrian Gonzalez (1, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Chris Young (W,1-1) 5.2644060 7.62
Ron Mahay (H,5) 1211110 5.40
Doug Brocail (H,3) 1.1200000 4.50
Francisco Cordero (S,5) 1000000 2.70
HBP - Johnson (by Chris Young)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 86-57, Ron Mahay 26-16, Doug Brocail 27-20, Francisco Cordero 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 5-7, Ron Mahay 1-1, Doug Brocail 2-1, Francisco Cordero 2-1
Batters Faced - Chris Young 25, Ron Mahay 6, Doug Brocail 5, Francisco Cordero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31310
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Paul Schrieber