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Lind goes yard twice, Jays double up Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rod Barajas didn't think it would be difficult to catch Texas Rangers center fielder Marlon Byrd from behind on a rundown at third base.

Then the 33-year-old catcher realized something in the middle of the chase.

"I forgot how fast he is and how slow I am," Barajas said.

Barajas protected Toronto's lead with a diving tag on Byrd after Texas failed to put down a squeeze bunt in the sixth, and Adam Lind homered twice and drove in four runs as the Blue Jays snapped a nine-game road losing streak by beating the Rangers 6-3 on Monday night.

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Texas scored three runs in the sixth to cut Toronto's lead to 4-3 and had runners on first and third with one out. Elvis Andrus didn't make contact on a squeeze bunt, and Byrd was way off third.

After a faking a throw to Scott Rolen, Barajas was committed to running down Byrd himself. The former Rangers catcher lunged toward Byrd and barely clipped him before he slid into the bag.

"I thought it was going to be an easy tag play," Barajas said. "I got lucky and fell on his foot."

Before Barajas' defensive gem, Lind provided the offensive pop.

Lind, who is 18-for-40 his past 10 games, hit two-run shots in the second and fourth innings off Rangers starter Scott Feldman for the first multihomer game of his career.

"The kid had a great night," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "He's getting better all the time."

Casey Janssen (2-2) gave up three runs, six hits and struck out six in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander made his fourth start after missing 2008 with a torn labrum.

Scott Downs recorded the final out in the eighth and pitched the ninth to earn his eighth save in nine chances.

Rolen and Marco Scutaro each had three hits for Toronto, which had not won away from home since beating Oakland on May 10.

Toronto has won six of 10 since going 0-9 on a road trip May 19-27.

"That road trip was two weeks ago," Lind said. "It's not even in our memory anymore."

Feldman (5-1) lost for the first time in nine starts. He allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.

The first-place Rangers, who announced before the game that outfielder Josh Hamilton will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a partial tear in an abdominal muscle and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, lost for only the fourth time in their past 16 home games.

"I didn't feel like it was one of my better games." Feldman said. "I tried to hang in there as long as I could."

Janssen took a four-hit shutout into the sixth before Texas loaded the bases with no outs.

Byrd drove in a run with an infield single, Nelson Cruz scored on a wild pitch and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit an RBI single to cut Toronto's lead to 4-3.

Rangers manager Ron Washington called for a squeeze bunt, the first time this season he has called for one.

"I felt I had the right guy at the plate to get the squeeze down and tie the game," said Washington, who had his option for 2010 picked up by Texas earlier Monday.

Frasor retired Andrus on a flyout to preserve Toronto's one-run lead in the sixth.

"We had a lot of opportunities," Washington said. "We just couldn't get any two-out hits."

Vernon Wells drew a leadoff walk before Lind's first homer gave the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead in the second.

Wells walked again in the fourth, and Lind made it 4-0 with his shot to left-center.

Scutaro had an RBI single and Aaron Hill added a sacrifice fly in the ninth to widen Toronto's advantage to 6-3.

Notes

  • Washington said after the game that Rangers closer Frank Francisco was not available for a fourth consecutive game because of shoulder inflammation.
  • Rolen returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games because of a sore back.
  • Rangers LHP Matt Harrison (shoulder) could return from the disabled list to start Thursday against Toronto. He threw in the bullpen Monday. If Harrison is not ready to return, LHP Derek Holland would start Thursday.
  • Blue Jays 1B Lyle Overbay singled in the second to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.
 
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Marlon Byrd isn't happy about getting tagged by Rod Barajas and being called out in a rundown.  (AP)
Marlon Byrd isn't happy about getting tagged by Rod Barajas and being called out in a rundown. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

A. Lind
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Texas

D. Murphy
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, SS5031020 .304
Aaron Hill, 2B4011001 .310
Alex Rios, RF4010102 .266
Vernon Wells, CF3200214 .251
Adam Lind, LF4224002 .313
    Joe Inglett, LF0000000 .125
Scott Rolen, 3B4130001 .304
Lyle Overbay, 1B3110102 .303
Kevin Millar, DH4010001 .252
    John McDonald, PR-DH0000000 .227
Rod Barajas, C4000013 .275
Totals35612644  
Batting
2B - Alex Rios (16, J. Jennings), Scott Rolen (17, J. Jennings)
HR - Adam Lind 2 (11, Feldman, Feldman)
SF - Aaron Hill (3)
RBI - Marco Scutaro (27), Aaron Hill (41), Adam Lind 4 (43)
SB - Vernon Wells (10, 2nd base off Feldman/Saltalamacchia)
CS - Marco Scutaro (4, 2nd base by J. Jennings/Saltalamacchia), Scott Rolen (1, 2nd base by Feldman/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Rolen-Hill-Overbay
E - Aaron Hill (6, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
Casey Janssen (W,2-2) 5.1632260 5.24
Jason Frasor (H,3) 1.2100000 2.11
Brandon League (H,4) 0.2100010 3.91
Scott Downs (S,8) 1.1100100 2.13
HBP - Andrus (by Casey Janssen)
WP - Casey Janssen (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Casey Janssen 93-56, Jason Frasor 13-9, Brandon League 11-6, Scott Downs 25-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Janssen 5-5, Jason Frasor 2-2, Brandon League 1-0, Scott Downs 2-2
Batters Faced - Casey Janssen 25, Jason Frasor 5, Brandon League 3, Scott Downs 6
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4010102 .274
Michael Young, 3B5000015 .329
Hank Blalock, DH4110102 .253
Nelson Cruz, RF4110011 .291
David Murphy, LF4120000 .259
Marlon Byrd, CF4021012 .299
Chris Davis, 1B3000031 .199
   a- Andruw Jones, PH-1B1000001 .269
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C3011110 .245
Elvis Andrus, SS3010001 .276
Totals3539237  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Davis in the 8th
Batting
2B - David Murphy 2 (8, Janssen, Janssen)
RBI - Marlon Byrd (26), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (24)
CS - Marlon Byrd (1, Home by Frasor/Barajas)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Kinsler-Andrus-Davis, Davis-Andrus
E - Scott Feldman (3, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Scott Feldman (L,5-1) 6744222 4.01
Jason Jennings 2422120 3.54
Darren O'Day 1100100 0.95
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 94-55, Jason Jennings 42-24, Darren O'Day 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 9-5, Jason Jennings 1-2
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 25, Jason Jennings 10, Darren O'Day 5
Game Information
Attendance - 17856
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman