Toronto at Texas

W: A. Burnett (13-9) L: S. Feldman (4-4)
S: B. Ryan (21)
HR: TOR - None   TEX - None

Blue Jays 6, Rangers 4 wire reports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rod Barajas and B.J. Ryan had different reasons for their extra motivation Saturday.

Barajas keyed a big sixth inning with a two-run double and Ryan pitched a scoreless ninth one night after blowing a save, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-4 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Ryan allowed three runs in the ninth as the Rangers rallied for a 9-8 win on Friday.

David Murphy, whose two-run single beat Ryan and the Blue Jays in the series opener, led off the ninth inning Saturday with a single. But Ryan retired the next three hitters to earn his 21st save in 24 opportunities.

"That's a perfect scenario," Ryan said. "You get back out there and jump right back in the middle of it and make better pitches than you did the night before. It's a cliche and all that, but you just want to get back out there and finish off the game."

Barajas played with the Rangers from 2004-06 and his big hit gave the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead. This was after the Rangers intentionally walked Matt Stairs to face Barajas.

Scott Rolen followed with a two-run double to cap the four-run inning.

"Anytime they walk the guy in front of you to face you, it's kind of a slap in the face," Barajas said. "It shows they made a mistake."

A.J. Burnett (13-9) allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings to win his third consecutive start. The right-hander, who established a career high in victories, struck out four and walked two.

Scott Feldman surrendered four runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings in Texas' first game with a revamped coaching staff.

The Rangers replaced pitching coach Mark Connor with Andy Hawkins and bullpen coach Dom Chiti with Jim Colborn after Friday night's victory.

"It's a part of the game," Feldman said of the coaching changes. "All you can do is pitch as well as you can, no matter who the coach is."

Marco Scutaro led off the sixth with a single, but was thrown out by Texas right fielder Josh Hamilton when he tried to advance to third on Alex Rios' base hit. Feldman (4-4) exited after walking Lyle Overbay.

After a groundout advanced both runners, Jamey Wright intentionally walked Stairs to load the bases and Barajas lined a pitch down the third-base line.

"Scott Feldman pitched his tail off," Wright said. "It's just frustrating to see him pitching that well and have me come in here and lose the game."

The Rangers answered with a run in the sixth on Gerald Laird's RBI single, chasing Burnett. Scott Downs, who pitched 2 1/3 hitless innings of relief, retired Chris Davis on a grounder with runners on first and second to end the threat.

Burnett improved to 7-2 since June 24, getting some help from his defense.

Michael Young led off the sixth with a drive to right but Brad Wilkerson ran toward the corner and made a leaping catch at the top of the wall.

Young watched a replay and said he thought Wilkerson trapped the ball after it hit the wall first. But the Rangers shortstop also acknowledged it was a tough call to make.

"I felt kind of lucky to make that catch," Wilkerson said. "I timed it right, and it went right into my glove. I didn't know I caught it. I just closed my eyes, looked in my glove and was excited I caught it."

Frank Catalanotto's two-out, two-run double in the fifth gave Texas a 3-2 lead.

The Blue Jays took a 2-1 lead in the third when Joe Inglett singled, stole second and scored on Rios' single.


Rangers DH Milton Bradley was not available for a fourth consecutive game due to a strained left quadriceps. ... RHP Roy Halladay got an extra day off this week because of an off-day, meaning the Toronto ace will pitch on six days' rest Monday night against Oakland. "This guy leads the league in complete games, so it won't hurt him at all," manager Cito Gaston said. ... The game-time temperature was 102 degrees.
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Players of the Game

J. Hamilton
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0

R. Barajas
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0

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MLB Thursday winners and losers (0:57)
Toronto Blue Jays
Joe Inglett, 2B-LF5110022 .290
Marco Scutaro, SS-2B3110001 .259
Alex Rios, CF3121100 .283
Lyle Overbay, 1B3101101 .275
Adam Lind, LF4000011 .296
    John McDonald, SS0000000 .211
Matt Stairs, DH3100110 .244
Rod Barajas, C3112110 .256
Scott Rolen, 3B4012011 .254
Brad Wilkerson, RF4020011 .233
2B - Rod Barajas (15, Wright), Scott Rolen (22, Wright)
RBI - Alex Rios (49), Lyle Overbay (44), Rod Barajas 2 (33), Scott Rolen 2 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios (14), Rod Barajas 2 (8), Scott Rolen 2 (14)
SB - Joe Inglett (6, 2nd base off Feldman/Laird), Marco Scutaro (6, 3rd base off Feldman/Laird)
CS - Alex Rios (7, 2nd base by Feldman/Laird)
Team LOB - 4
Outfield Assists - Adam Lind 1
E - Rod Barajas (2, Throwing), Scott Rolen (7, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
A.J. Burnett (W,13-9) 5.2644240 4.57
Scott Downs (H,16) 2.1000010 1.37
B.J. Ryan (S,21) 1100010 3.32
HBP - Hamilton (by A.J. Burnett)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 103-60, Scott Downs 19-11, B.J. Ryan 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 4-8, Scott Downs 5-1, B.J. Ryan 1-1
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 25, Scott Downs 7, B.J. Ryan 4
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4000003 .321
Frank Catalanotto, DH3012010 .288
   a- Brandon Boggs, PH-DH1000000 .249
Michael Young, SS4000030 .290
Josh Hamilton, RF3220000 .309
Marlon Byrd, CF4000003 .250
David Murphy, LF3120100 .270
Gerald Laird, C4121001 .311
Chris Davis, 1B3000113 .288
Travis Metcalf, 3B4000014 .000
a-lined out for Catalanotto in the 7th
2B - Frank Catalanotto (19, Burnett), Josh Hamilton (25, Burnett), Gerald Laird (14, Burnett)
RBI - Frank Catalanotto 2 (16), Gerald Laird (27)
2-OUT RBI - Frank Catalanotto 2 (8), Gerald Laird (11)
PK - Travis Metcalf (1, Downs)
Team LOB - 5
Outfield Assists - Josh Hamilton 1
DP - Metcalf-Kinsler-Davis
E - Scott Feldman (1, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Scott Feldman (L,4-4) 5.1543340 4.97
Jamey Wright 0.2222100 4.95
Josh Rupe 3100030 3.84
IBB - Stairs by Jamey Wright
HBP - Scutaro (by Scott Feldman)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 93-56, Jamey Wright 19-8, Josh Rupe 43-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 5-4, Jamey Wright 2-0, Josh Rupe 4-2
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 22, Jamey Wright 5, Josh Rupe 10
Game Information
Attendance - 32641
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 102
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Angel Campos