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Joe Inglett drove in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, Ryan earned his first save in more than a year and the Blue Jays polished off their three-game sweep of the Rangers with a 5-4 victory.
The Blue Jays were swept by the Oakland Athletics in their previous series before arriving in Texas at 5 a.m. on Friday. They departed on Sunday for a two-game series in Baltimore in a far better frame of mind.
"It's huge," manager John Gibbons said. "We got swept by Oakland so we had to regroup. We had to come in here tired after a long trip. Our guys played some good baseball. We've got a good, solid ballclub and we're playing hard."
Toronto entered the series opener having lost 16 of 19 in Texas, but the Blue Jays completed their first sweep of three or more games in Texas since taking three from the Rangers Aug. 26-28, 1985.
Ryan was activated before the game barely 11 months after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery. His last save was April 11, 2007, and he had season-ending surgery less than a month later and began this season with Class A Dunedin.
Ryan had to work for this one after giving up a leadoff triple to Marlon Byrd. But he retired David Murphy on a groundout, got Milton Bradley on a foul out and retired Gerald Laird when Alex Rios made a running catch in right field.
"It's good to get the first one under your belt," said Ryan, who makes his offseason home in nearby Westlake. "Extra innings on the road, it means even more. That's why I worked hard all winter, to get the opportunity to come back. It wasn't the prettiest save, but the bottom line is to make a pitch when you have to. We got a good outcome."
The Rangers left 10 on base as their offensive inconsistencies continue. Texas was expected to put runs on the board, but the Rangers are batting only .246 as a team.
"We had our chances," Murphy said. "It was a tough series. Our pitching kept us in the games but our offense isn't getting it done. We're not getting the back-to-back hits. We're frustrated right now."
Jesse Carlson (1-0) retired the final two batters in the ninth for his first major league victory.
With the score tied at 4, Frank Thomas was walked by Dustin Nippert (0-1) leading off the 10th, and after Marco Scutaro came in as a pinch-runner, Lyle Overbay also walked. Gregg Zaun's sacrifice moved the runners up, and Inglett's flyball to right scored Scutaro to give the Jays the lead.
"There's no better feeling than coming in and doing your job," Inglett said.
Texas threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with two outs when Murphy walked, Bradley delivered a pinch-hit single and Laird walked. But Scott Downs struck out pinch-hitter Jason Botts on a called third strike to keep it tied at 4.
Rangers closer C.J. Wilson came into a tie game in the ninth, and after the Blue Jays put runners on first and second, Wilson struck out Rios and set down Vernon Wells on a fly ball to end the threat.
Texas' Scott Feldman, called up from Double-A Frisco before the game for his first big league start, allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. Toronto starter A.J. Burnett gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
|Closer B.J. Ryan notches the save in his first game back from elbow ligament replacement surgery. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Shannon Stewart, LF||4||0||2||0||1||1||1||.280|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.326|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||0||0||1||0||2||3||.273|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||1||2||0||1||0||2||.320|
|Frank Thomas, DH||3||1||1||0||2||1||4||.184|
|Marco Scutaro, PR-DH||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.156|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||3||1||1||0||2||1||1||.267|
|Rod Barajas, C||3||0||2||2||0||0||1||.385|
|Gregg Zaun, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.258|
|Joe Inglett, 3B||4||0||1||2||0||0||2||.500|
|John McDonald, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.200|
|a- Matt Stairs, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.296|
|David Eckstein, PR-SS||2||1||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|a-singled for McDonald in the 7th|
|2B - Rod Barajas (2, Feldman)|
|SF - Alex Rios (1), Joe Inglett (1)|
|SH - Aaron Hill (1), Gregg Zaun (2)|
|RBI - Alex Rios (5), Rod Barajas 2 (2), Joe Inglett 2 (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Rod Barajas (1), Joe Inglett (2)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Hill-Eckstein-Overbay|
|E - Alex Rios (1, Dropped fly)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Jesse Carlson (W,1-0)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|B.J. Ryan (S,1)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|IBB - Laird by A.J. Burnett|
|Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 114-65, Brian Tallet 3-3, Jeremy Accardo 10-6, Scott Downs 22-11, Brian Wolfe 9-6, Jesse Carlson 3-2, B.J. Ryan 11-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 6-8, Jeremy Accardo 2-0, Jesse Carlson 1-1, B.J. Ryan 1-2|
|Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 26, Brian Tallet 1, Jeremy Accardo 3, Scott Downs 6, Brian Wolfe 2, Jesse Carlson 2, B.J. Ryan 4|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||5||1||2||1||0||1||0||.313|
|Michael Young, SS||4||0||1||0||1||1||1||.208|
|Josh Hamilton, RF||5||1||1||2||0||0||4||.271|
|Hank Blalock, 3B||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||.244|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.148|
|David Murphy, LF||4||0||0||0||1||1||2||.273|
|Frank Catalanotto, DH||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.154|
|a- Milton Bradley, PH-DH||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.286|
|Gerald Laird, C||2||0||1||0||2||0||1||.250|
|Ben Broussard, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.243|
|b- Jason Botts, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|a-singled for Catalanotto in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Broussard in the 8th|
|2B - Frank Catalanotto (1, Burnett)|
|3B - Marlon Byrd (1, Ryan)|
|HR - Josh Hamilton (3, Burnett)|
|SH - Marlon Byrd (1), Gerald Laird (2)|
|RBI - Ian Kinsler (6), Josh Hamilton 2 (13), Frank Catalanotto (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler (3), Frank Catalanotto (1)|
|SB - Ian Kinsler (3, 2nd base off Burnett/Barajas), Frank Catalanotto (1, 2nd base off Burnett/Barajas)|
|CS - Gerald Laird (1, 2nd base by Burnett/Barajas)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Young-Kinsler-Broussard, Young-Kinsler-Broussard, Kinsler-Young-Broussard|
|Dustin Nippert (L,0-1)||1||0||1||1||2||0||0||14.54|
|HBP - McDonald (by Scott Feldman)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 91-53, Franklyn German 27-13, Joaquin Benoit 10-7, C.J. Wilson 21-12, Dustin Nippert 22-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 8-4, Franklyn German 1-2, Joaquin Benoit 1-1, C.J. Wilson 1-1, Dustin Nippert 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 26, Franklyn German 6, Joaquin Benoit 3, C.J. Wilson 5, Dustin Nippert 5|
|Attendance - 21515|
|Game Time - 3:38|
|Temperature - 63|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Laz Diaz|