Texas at Toronto

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Texas (20-16)35110000010110
Toronto (21-16) 30840010x16151

Blue Jays 16, Rangers 10

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TORONTO -- The hard-hitting Toronto Blue Jays bashed five more home runs to rally for a wild win over the Texas Rangers.

Aaron Hill, Travis Snider and Vernon Wells all hit three-run shots and the Blue Jays outslugged the Texas Rangers for a 16-10 win Friday night.

Adam Lind and Lyle Overbay added solo shots for Toronto.

Despite the power display, it was reliever Casey Janssen's three innings of scoreless relief that made the biggest difference in shutting the door on the Rangers.

"Those innings they got out of Janssen was the turning point," Texas manager Ron Washington said.

It was the longest relief appearance of Janssen's career.

"We didn't know what it was going to take to win the game but it started with a zero," Janssen said. "It was one of those things where a team could get momentum on the defensive side first and we were able to do that."

Strong, gusting winds made life miserable for pitchers on both sides, affecting balls to the plate and drives to the outfield.

"When you're throwing into that kind of wind, the seams start to take a little bit more effect," Janssen said. "You sinker sinks a little bit more, your curveball and changeup, they hit the wind and they either get knocked down or sometimes they flutter. One time you might throw a really good one and the next time it might be more of a cement mixer."

The Blue Jays pounded out 15 total hits and boosted their major league lead in home runs (57) and extra-base hits (162).

"They can swing it up and down the lineup," Washington said. "They showed that tonight."

Toronto reliever Josh Roenicke (1-0) worked 1 1/3 innings for his first major league win while Rangers right-hander Doug Mathis (1-1) took the loss, allowing eight runs in 1 1/3 innings.

Overbay went 3 for 3 with two walks and three RBI for the Blue Jays, who rallied from an early 9-3 deficit.

Staked to a 3-0 lead before he even took the mound, Texas starter Rich Harden helped Toronto get back in it by walking the bases loaded on 14 pitches, then giving up an RBI grounder to Wells and a two-run double to Overbay.

Harden allowed seven runs and four hits in 2 2/3 innings and walked six, one shy of his career high. The right-hander described his performance as "embarrassing" and "frustrating."

"It was ugly," Harden said. "I just couldn't make my pitches. I was missing up and missing a lot. It's not good."

Texas chased Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil with a five-run second. Max Ramirez led off with a homer, his second, Vladimir Guerrero hit an RBI single and Nelson Cruz added a three-run double.

Michael Young's infield single in the third gave Texas a 9-3 lead, but Toronto took the lead by sending 11 men to the plate and scoring eight runs in the bottom half, for their biggest inning of the season. Seven of the eight runs came with two outs.

Overbay hit a one-out solo homer, his third, and Snider sent Harden to the showers with a three-run blast to right. Fred Lewis singled off Mathis, went to second when Hill walked and scored when Adam Lind beat out a slow roller to first. Wells followed with a three-run homer to left, his 10th.

Ramirez pulled Texas to within a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, but Toronto padded its lead with four runs in the bottom half. Hill hit a three-run homer to left, his third, and Lind followed with a drive to center, his sixth. It's the fourth time this season the Blue Jays have hit back-to-back home runs.

The Rangers, who used five relievers in Thursday's 12-inning win, needed 5 1/3 innings from the bullpen in this one and may require reinforcements.

"We haven't decided yet but we definitely have to talk about some options," Washington said.

Cruz came off the 15-day disabled list to drive in four runs for the Rangers and Vladimir Guerrero went 3 for 4 with three RBIs.

Alex Gonzalez made it 16-10 with an RBI double in the seventh.

Cecil allowed eight runs and eight hits in two innings, raising his ERA from 3.12 to 5.46.

Notes

Texas optioned 1B Ryan Garko to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for Cruz. ... Hill returned to Toronto's lineup after missing Wednesday's game at Boston with a sore right hamstring, the same injury that sidelined him for 15 games earlier this season. ... Every Blue Jays starter had at least one hit. ... Snider homered in consecutive games for the first time in his career. ... Harden is 0-3 in eight career starts against Toronto. He threw 43 pitches in the first. ... Rangers SS Elvis Andrus extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

 
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Players of the Game
Toronto

L. Overbay
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Texas

V. Guerrero
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Texas Rangers
Elvis Andrus, SS4220101 .317
Michael Young, 3B4221103 .288
Josh Hamilton, LF-CF5110026 .284
    Julio Borbon, CF0000000 .213
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4233010 .341
Ian Kinsler, 2B3100221 .308
Nelson Cruz, RF4014023 .318
Justin Smoak, 1B4000112 .186
Max Ramirez, C3222100 .368
Craig Gentry, CF1000100 .214
   a- David Murphy, PH-LF2000112 .227
Totals3410111089  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Gentry in the 4th
Batting
2B - Nelson Cruz (5, Cecil)
HR - Max Ramirez (2, Cecil)
SF - Nelson Cruz (2), Max Ramirez (1)
RBI - Michael Young (21), Vladimir Guerrero 3 (31), Nelson Cruz 4 (21), Max Ramirez 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Young (9), Vladimir Guerrero (15), Nelson Cruz 3 (6)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Josh Hamilton 1
Texas Rangers
Rich Harden 2.2477632 4.93
Doug Mathis (L,1-1) 1.1788213 7.36
Dustin Nippert 3411110 5.48
Chris Ray 1000010 2.76
Pitches-Strikes - Rich Harden 86-45, Doug Mathis 49-26, Dustin Nippert 47-29, Chris Ray 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rich Harden 2-3, Doug Mathis 2-1, Dustin Nippert 3-4, Chris Ray 1-1
Batters Faced - Rich Harden 18, Doug Mathis 13, Dustin Nippert 13, Chris Ray 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Fred Lewis, LF5320121 .301
Aaron Hill, 2B4313201 .184
Adam Lind, DH4322111 .223
Vernon Wells, CF5114000 .306
Lyle Overbay, 1B3233200 .189
Alex Gonzalez, SS5011013 .255
Jose Bautista, 3B4120102 .222
John Buck, C3110212 .272
Travis Snider, RF4223014 .241
    Mike McCoy, RF1000000 .229
Totals3816151696  
Batting
2B - Fred Lewis (11, Mathis), Lyle Overbay (8, Harden), Alex Gonzalez (14, Nippert)
HR - Aaron Hill (3, Mathis), Adam Lind (6, Mathis), Vernon Wells (10, Mathis), Lyle Overbay (3, Harden), Travis Snider (6, Harden)
RBI - Aaron Hill 3 (9), Adam Lind 2 (20), Vernon Wells 4 (29), Lyle Overbay 3 (14), Alex Gonzalez (28), Travis Snider 3 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Hill 3 (5), Adam Lind 2 (13), Vernon Wells 3 (11), Travis Snider 3 (6)
SB - Travis Snider (3, 2nd base off Nippert/M. Ramirez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - A. Gonzalez-Hill-Overbay, A. Gonzalez-Hill-Overbay
E - Alex Gonzalez (8, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
Brett Cecil 2888221 5.46
Josh Roenicke (W,1-0) 1.1122420 6.75
Casey Janssen 3100030 4.15
Rommie Lewis0000200 3.24
Jason Frasor (H,3) 1.2100010 5.74
Shawn Camp 1000010 2.79
HBP - Guerrero (by Josh Roenicke)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Cecil 48-28, Josh Roenicke 45-21, Casey Janssen 37-27, Rommie Lewis 11-3, Jason Frasor 17-13, Shawn Camp 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Cecil 1-3, Josh Roenicke 1-0, Casey Janssen 2-4, Jason Frasor 3-0, Shawn Camp 2-0
Batters Faced - Brett Cecil 16, Josh Roenicke 9, Casey Janssen 10, Rommie Lewis 2, Jason Frasor 5, Shawn Camp 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16020
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Mike Estabrook