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Rangers get back on track, double up Blue Jays

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TORONTO -- Colby Lewis is headed home -- without his long winless stretch.

Lewis matched his career high in victories by winning for the first time since mid-July, Mitch Moreland drove in a career-high three runs and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Thursday night.

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"The day belonged to Colby Lewis," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He stayed off the fat part of the bat, he made some good pitches when he had to. He just did an outstanding job."

The Rangers had scored only 17 runs in Lewis' previous nine starts, just eight of them while the right-hander was still on the mound. Lewis went 0-7 with a 5.07 ERA during the victory drought.

"He's been pitching well, it's just been a string of bad luck for him, not getting the breaks when he needs them," Moreland said. "Tonight we were able to get him a win and get him back on track."

The Rangers, who lead the AL West, won their second straight after losing nine of 12 and wrapped up their 10-game road trip with a 4-6 mark.

"Things just went bad for us there for a minute but we were able to right the ship," Washington said. "That's what it's all about."

Moreland finished 1 for 2 with a sacrifice fly and an intentional walk. Vladimir Guerrero went 3 for 4 and scored twice for Texas.

Toronto's Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 44th homer, a solo shot off Darren O'Day in the eighth. Lyle Overbay went deep against Lewis in the seventh, his 18th.

The Blue Jays lead the majors with 218 homers this season, including a major league-best 122 at home. Toronto has homered in 11 consecutive games, hitting 23 in that span.

The attendance was 10,658, the third straight game Toronto has drawn fewer than 11,000 fans.

Lewis (10-12) allowed a season-high nine runs in his previous outing, Saturday's loss at Minnesota. The start before that wasn't much better, with Lewis giving up seven runs in a loss to Oakland.

"I just really wanted to kind of bounce back after the two poor outings that I had," he said. "That's the biggest thing I wanted to do today."

Lewis, who came in 1-3 with a 12.27 ERA in four career starts against the Blue Jays, was sharp over 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run and five hits, four of them singles. He struck out eight and walked two.

"It's definitely gratifying to get to double digits," said Lewis, who also won 10 games in 2003.

Asked how he planned to celebrate the win, Lewis said all he wanted was to catch up with his wife and 3-year-old son.

"I haven't seen my boy in about 10 days so I'm real excited to go back home and see my family," he said. "That's basically it. Long road trips are the biggest thing that kind of burn you out a little bit. I'm just looking forward to going back home and seeing the family."

Clay Rapada pitched one inning, O'Day got two outs in the eighth and Neftali Feliz closed it out in the ninth for his 35th save in 38 chances.

Making his first start since April 25, 2009, with San Diego, Blue Jays right-hander Shawn Hill (0-1) allowed four runs, three earned, and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Hill, who was born in suburban Toronto, underwent his second elbow ligament replacement surgery last June. After being released by the Padres in October, he signed with the Blue Jays in January.

Hill escaped a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the third when Ian Kinsler struck out and Michael Young grounded into a double play.

The Rangers broke through with two runs in the fourth. David Murphy scored from second on Nelson Cruz's single to shallow left when Travis Snider bobbled the ball and was charged with an error. Moreland followed with a fly ball to center, but catcher John Buck dropped Dewayne Wise's throw, allowing Guerrero to score.

Moreland lined left-hander Jesse Carlson's second pitch off the first base bag and down the line for a two-run double in the sixth.

Notes

  • The Blue Jays claimed RHP Taylor Buchholz off waivers from Colorado and moved RHP Jesse Litsch (hip) to the 60-day disabled list.
  • Washington said SS Elvis Andrus will return to the lineup Friday. Andrus has not played since Saturday, sitting out with a sore right hamstring.
  • The Blue Jays homered in 13 straight games from July 3-20, hitting 28 in that stretch.
  • O'Day has allowed four home runs this season, all of them in Toronto.The Blue Jays homered in 13 straight games from July 3-20, hitting 28 in that stretch.
  • O'Day has allowed four home runs this season, all of them in Toronto.
 
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Right-hander Colby Lewis allows one run in 6 1/3 innings to end his winless drought.  (AP)
Right-hander Colby Lewis allows one run in 6 1/3 innings to end his winless drought. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

M. Moreland
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
Toronto

J. Bautista
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5000013 .291
Michael Young, 3B4000011 .290
David Murphy, LF3110100 .286
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4230011 .301
Nelson Cruz, RF4120002 .313
Mitch Moreland, 1B2013101 .258
Bengie Molina, C4010003 .238
Andres Blanco, SS4010002 .285
Julio Borbon, CF4010000 .273
Totals34410323  
Batting
2B - David Murphy (22, Ray), Nelson Cruz (25, Hill), Mitch Moreland (4, Carlson)
SF - Mitch Moreland (2)
RBI - Mitch Moreland 3 (16)
SB - David Murphy (12, 3rd base off Ray/Buck)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Molina-Blanco
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Colby Lewis (W,10-12) 6.1511281 3.86
Clay Rapada (H,1) 1000000 0.00
Darren O'Day (H,21) 0.2111001 2.09
Neftali Feliz (S,35) 1000010 3.15
Pitches-Strikes - Colby Lewis 91-60, Clay Rapada 11-8, Darren O'Day 11-7, Neftali Feliz 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Colby Lewis 1-9, Darren O'Day 2-0
Batters Faced - Colby Lewis 25, Clay Rapada 3, Darren O'Day 3, Neftali Feliz 3
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dewayne Wise, CF4000021 .283
Yunel Escobar, SS4000000 .254
Jose Bautista, 3B3121100 .264
Vernon Wells, DH3000101 .270
Lyle Overbay, 1B4111033 .249
Aaron Hill, 2B4000021 .215
John Buck, C4010010 .275
Fred Lewis, RF3010001 .262
Travis Snider, LF3010012 .243
Totals3226229  
Batting
HR - Jose Bautista (44, O'Day), Lyle Overbay (18, Lewis)
RBI - Jose Bautista (106), Lyle Overbay (60)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Bautista (31)
CS - Travis Snider (3, 2nd base by Lewis/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Overbay, Escobar-Hill-Overbay
E - Travis Snider (3, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shawn Hill (L,0-1) 5.1843120 5.06
Jesse Carlson0100000 4.00
Bobby Ray 2.2100110 0.00
Scott Downs 1000000 2.70
IBB - Moreland by Bobby Ray
Pitches-Strikes - Shawn Hill 85-53, Jesse Carlson 2-1, Bobby Ray 29-18, Scott Downs 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shawn Hill 6-6, Bobby Ray 2-5, Scott Downs 1-2
Batters Faced - Shawn Hill 23, Jesse Carlson 1, Bobby Ray 10, Scott Downs 3
Game Information
Attendance - 10658
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Ed Rapuano