Texas at Toronto

W: V. Padilla (10-5) L: S. Schoeneweis (2-1)
S: A. Otsuka (19)
HR: TEX - None   TOR - None

Rangers 5, Blue Jays 2

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

TORONTO -- The Texas Rangers finally put some offense together.

"Once we scored that first run we exhaled," Texas manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday night after Hank Blalock hit a go-ahead single in a five-run eighth inning and the Rangers rallied for a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Texas scored just four runs in the previous four games, but they rallied from a 2-0 deficit by sending 10 batters to the plate in the eighth.

Mark Teixeira hit a two-out RBI single off Scott Schoeneweis (2-1) and Blalock followed with a two-run single to center, also off Schoeneweis.

Brad Wilkerson added a two-run single off Vinnie Chulk to make it 5-2.

"We needed a big hit there to get the momentum going our way," Showalter said.

Showalter called Blalock's at-bat one of the biggest of the season.

"It was nice to get some clutch hits late in the game to get us rolling again," Blalock said.

Michael Young had three hits for the Rangers, who had lost their previous three games.

"You can put too much pressure on yourself. This team plays best when it's relaxed and we let things happen," the MVP of the All-Star Game said.

Vicente Padilla (10-5) won his fourth straight start, allowing two runs and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out three and walked one.

Padilla won four in a row for the first time since May 7-23, 2004, when he pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Akinori Otsuka pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances.

After giving up the lead Schoeneweis looked like he took out his frustrations on an aluminum bat. He was playing with one after the game that had a huge dent in it.

"I blew the game. End of story. What do you want me to say? I blew the game. That's it," Schoeneweis said before cutting the interview off.

The Blue Jays scored two runs in the first on Lyle Overbay's RBI single and when Padilla inexplicably threw to first on a slow roller by Bengie Molina instead of going home for a sure out, allowing Vernon Wells to score from third.

Toronto starter Shaun Marcum allowed one hit in five scoreless innings.

Toronto's Troy Glaus and Shea Hillenbrand missed the game. Glaus has a sore right knee and Hillenbrand is with his family because they adopted a child.


  • Texas LHP John Rheinecker didn't make the trip to Canada for the three-game series after leaving his birth certificate behind in a Baltimore hotel room. After Rheinecker remembered where he left it, the room was searched but it didn't turn up. He flew to Dallas and will rejoin the team in Boston for his start on Thursday.
  • Toronto RF Alex Rios took batting practice for the first time since suffering an infection in is lower left leg in late June.
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Players of the Game

H. Blalock
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0

B. Wilkerson
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0

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Gary Matthews Jr., CF5120020 .329
Ian Kinsler, 2B4000122 .316
Michael Young, DH5130001 .312
Mark Teixeira, 1B3111201 .274
Hank Blalock, 3B4112014 .279
Mark DeRosa, SS4110010 .333
Kevin Mench, RF3020100 .271
    Jerry Hairston Jr., PR-RF0000000 .209
Brad Wilkerson, LF4012002 .238
Rod Barajas, C4000023 .261
2B - Michael Young (32, Tallet), Kevin Mench (16, Marcum)
RBI - Mark Teixeira (58), Hank Blalock 2 (62), Brad Wilkerson 2 (39)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira (23), Hank Blalock 2 (32), Brad Wilkerson 2 (7)
CS - Gary Matthews Jr. (3, 2nd base by Tallet/Zaun)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Brad Wilkerson 1
DP - Kinsler-DeRosa-Teixeira
E - Francisco Cordero (1, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Vicente Padilla (W,10-5) 7722130 4.15
Francisco Cordero (H,14) 1000020 4.14
Akinori Otsuka (S,19) 1000000 2.03
WP - Francisco Cordero (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 105-70, Francisco Cordero 16-11, Akinori Otsuka 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 7-9, Francisco Cordero 1-1, Akinori Otsuka 3-0
Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 27, Francisco Cordero 4, Akinori Otsuka 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, RF4110001 .362
Frank Catalanotto, LF4000002 .323
Vernon Wells, CF4110011 .312
Lyle Overbay, 1B4021021 .303
Gregg Zaun, C3010100 .309
Bengie Molina, DH4011002 .286
Eric Hinske, 3B4000022 .261
Aaron Hill, 2B3010000 .303
John McDonald, SS3000001 .225
RBI - Lyle Overbay (53), Bengie Molina (26)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Hill-McDonald-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Shaun Marcum 5100250 4.91
Brian Tallet (H,2) 1200100 5.47
Brandon League (H,2) 1100000 4.50
Justin Speier (H,20) 0.2222020 3.50
Scott Schoeneweis (BS,1; L,2-1)0222000 6.30
Vinnie Chulk 1.1311110 5.25
WP - Scott Schoeneweis (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 76-49, Brian Tallet 18-11, Brandon League 10-9, Justin Speier 11-8, Scott Schoeneweis 8-5, Vinnie Chulk 27-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 2-8, Brian Tallet 1-1, Brandon League 2-0, Vinnie Chulk 3-0
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 18, Brian Tallet 5, Brandon League 3, Justin Speier 4, Scott Schoeneweis 2, Vinnie Chulk 8
Game Information
Attendance - 20017
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Larry Young