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TORONTO -- With every Toronto victory, Lyle Overbay sees his teammates' expectations grow.
"You can tell around the clubhouse, everybody is real confident," Overbay said. "It's fun, it's a different atmosphere. Hopefully we can enjoy this for a while."
Toronto won its AL-high 12th game and has won all five series so far. The Blue Jays have not lost back-to-back games this season.
The last two teams to open the season with five consecutive series victories were the 2003 San Francisco Giants and the 2001 Seattle Mariners. Both went on to win their division.
"It's nice to be in good company," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said.
Texas has hit a major league-leading 29 home runs this season. Toronto is second with 28.
The Rangers lost for the ninth time in 12 games following a 3-0 start to the season.
Blue Jays right-hander Scott Richmond (2-0) won back-to-back starts for the first time, allowing two runs and six hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out a career-high eight.
"He got us off balance," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We couldn't figure him out."
Richmond used a tight slider to hold down right-handed batters and stymied lefties with a sharp curveball.
"You can't put it to words what he's doing," Overbay said. "He's spotting his pitches, he knows what he's got to do. He's got the stuff to get guys out, it's just a matter of location. He was putting that curveball on those lefties in a perfect spot where they're not going to hit it, and if they do hit it, they're going to ground out. It was fun to see. He can do that all year."
Downs took over as Toronto's closer when left-hander B.J. Ryan was placed on the 15-day disabled list with muscle tightness in his back and shoulder. Ryan is 1-0 with an 11.12 ERA and two saves in six games. He blew his second save of the season against Texas on Wednesday, allowing three runs in the ninth.
Wells and Overbay hit solo shots in the second but Hamilton answered with a leadoff home run in the fourth.
Rios hit his first home run of the year -- a two-run drive to left in the fifth -- before Davis hit a solo shot to right in the sixth.
Overbay was glad to see Rios end a home run drought that dated to Sept. 17, 2008.
"It was just a matter of time," Overbay said. "He's got so much pop, it's scary. If he ever figures out that he's that good, the sky is the limit for him. It's fun to watch him on a daily basis."
Texas right-hander Kevin Millwood (1-2) had allowed only three earned runs and one home run in his first three starts but gave up four runs and five hits in this one, including three home runs. He walked two and struck out three.
"Tonight was probably the worst I've pitched out of the four [starts] but I still felt like I gave us a chance," Millwood said. "It's just not working out when I pitch right now."
Scott Rolen's RBI single off righty Jason Jennings gave Toronto an insurance run in the eighth.
Andruw Jones pinch hit for Davis in the eighth and struck out. He stayed in the game at first base, his first career appearance there.
Rangers rookie shortstop Elvis Andrus made two throwing errors, giving him a team-high five.
|In the second inning, Toronto's Vernon Wells opens the scoring with his third home run of the season. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.381|
|Michael Young, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.300|
|Josh Hamilton, CF||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.246|
|Hank Blalock, DH||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.226|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.298|
|Chris Davis, 1B||3||1||1||1||0||2||3||.200|
|a- Andruw Jones, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.421|
|David Murphy, LF||1||0||0||0||2||0||1||.000|
|b- Marlon Byrd, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.341|
|Taylor Teagarden, C||4||0||0||0||0||4||4||.067|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.300|
|a-struck out for Davis in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for Murphy in the 9th|
|2B - Hank Blalock (2, Richmond)|
|HR - Josh Hamilton (2, Richmond), Chris Davis (3, Richmond)|
|RBI - Josh Hamilton (10), Chris Davis (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chris Davis (3)|
|SB - Nelson Cruz (2, 2nd base off Richmond/Barajas)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Kinsler-Andrus-Davis|
|E - Elvis Andrus 2 (5, Throwing)|
|Kevin Millwood (L,1-2)||7||5||4||4||2||3||3||2.10|
|IBB - Overbay by Jason Jennings|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 116-73, Jason Jennings 28-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 9-9, Jason Jennings 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 28, Jason Jennings 7|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Marco Scutaro, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.246|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||.377|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||1||1||2||0||0||2||.247|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.257|
|Adam Lind, DH||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.333|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.305|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||2||1||1||1||2||0||0||.342|
|Rod Barajas, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||5||.213|
|Travis Snider, LF||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.270|
|2B - Aaron Hill (5, Millwood)|
|HR - Alex Rios (1, Millwood), Vernon Wells (3, Millwood), Lyle Overbay (3, Millwood)|
|RBI - Alex Rios 2 (11), Vernon Wells (7), Scott Rolen (6), Lyle Overbay (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios 2 (6), Scott Rolen (2), Lyle Overbay (6)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Scott Richmond (W,2-0)||6||6||2||2||2||8||2||3.31|
|Brandon League (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||6.75|
|Jesse Carlson (H,3)||0.2||1||0||0||0||2||0||1.93|
|Shawn Camp (H,2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Scott Downs (S,1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.93|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Richmond 103-64, Brandon League 11-7, Jesse Carlson 16-12, Shawn Camp 5-4, Scott Downs 10-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Richmond 4-6, Brandon League 2-0, Scott Downs 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Scott Richmond 26, Brandon League 3, Jesse Carlson 3, Shawn Camp 1, Scott Downs 3|
|Attendance - 15487|
|Game Time - 2:38|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Doug Eddings|