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Blue Jays send Rangers to fourth straight loss

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Toronto Blue Jays lead the major leagues in extra-base hits and they used an effective combination of those to beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 on Saturday night and put themselves in position to move into first place in the American League East.

Eighth-inning doubles by Kevin Pillar and Jose Reyes produced the go-ahead run. Doubles by Anthony Gose and Brett Lawrie also played roles in runs. Jose Bautista opened the scoring with a first-inning home run.

Toronto has won four straight and 10 of its last 14 to move within a half-game of Baltimore and the Yankees for first-place in the AL East.

"We've got a quality team," said Bautista, who had two hits and reached base in all five plate appearances. "When we execute like we have the last couple of games, we do well.

"We have a lot of guys who have been around and have had success. We have to keep coming out and executing."

Right-hander Steve Delabar (3-0) retired four straight, including striking out the side in the eighth, to earn the victory.

The save by right-hander Casey Janssen was his third of the season and 19th straight in save situations going back to last year.

Bautista's homer was his 179th with Toronto, tying him with Jesse Barfield for fifth place in club history.

The Blue Jays broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh when Gose, a speedster called up Thursday from Triple-A Buffalo when Colby Rasmus went on the disabled list, led off by legging out a double to left, stole third and scored on Melky Cabrera's chopper to third.

"He wants to be here, and he's showing he belongs," Jays manager John Gibbons said of Gose. "Guys who do what he does constantly put pressure on the opponent."

Jays starter Mark Buehrle was denied his major league-leading eighth victory. He allowed two runs over 6 2-3 innings. His ERA rose to 2.11 and his road ERA went up to 1.00.

Buehrle had six assists, many of which had teammates telling him he threw harder to first base.

"I don't know if I say in my mind I know I've got to kind of let it loose," Buehrle said.

Pillar hit a cue shot down the right-field line off left-handed reliever Neal Cotts (1-3). Reyes' two-out dunker into right off Cotts scored Pillar.

Texas has lost four straight and six of its last seven to fall seven games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West.

Michael Choice's third-inning RBI single to left tied the score and ended Texas' scoreless streak at 15 innings.

"I've been through struggles as a player, as a coach and as a manager," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I have to lead and come out positive every day."

Texas starter Robbie Ross lasted only 4 1-3 innings. In the Rangers' last 18 games, they have gotten three quality starts -- all from Yu Darvish.

Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder sat out with a herniated disk in his neck, ending his consecutive games streak at 547. Fielder received a nerve-root injection on Saturday morning to alleviate pain that he has felt since last season and, according to Texas general manager Jon Daniels, causing weakness in his left arm. The Rangers hope Fielder can return to the lineup on Tuesday.

One of the 13 Rangers currently on the disabled list, left-hander Martin Perez, confirmed before the game that he will undergo Tommy John surgery on Monday.

Notes

Recently retired Michael Young, a seven-time All-Star with the Rangers, was honored before the game. ... With Toronto C Dioner Navarro returning from the bereavement list, RHP Neil Wagner was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. ... RH reliever Justin Germano, designated for assignment by Texas on Wednesday, cleared waivers and is deciding whether to accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock.

 
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Jose Reyes hits a key double as the Blue Jays send the Rangers to a season-high fourth straight loss.  (USATSI)
Jose Reyes hits a key double as the Blue Jays send the Rangers to a season-high fourth straight loss. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Texas

L. Sardinas
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Toronto

J. Bautista
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS3011201 .215
Melky Cabrera, DH5001004 .311
Jose Bautista, RF2121200 .299
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B3100204 .243
Brett Lawrie, 3B5020032 .243
Dioner Navarro, C4001004 .267
Steve Tolleson, 2B4000111 .259
Kevin Pillar, LF4120001 .182
Anthony Gose, CF3110111 .286
Mark Buehrle, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Loup, P0000000 .000
   Steve Delabar, P0000000 .000
   Casey Janssen, P0000000 .000
Totals3348485  
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (10, Cotts), Brett Lawrie (6, Frasor), Kevin Pillar (1, Cotts), Anthony Gose (2, Poreda)
HR - Jose Bautista (11, Ross)
SF - Dioner Navarro (3)
RBI - Jose Reyes (10), Melky Cabrera (20), Jose Bautista (30), Dioner Navarro (17)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes (3), Jose Bautista (5)
SB - Anthony Gose (2, 3rd base off Poreda/Chirinos)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Lawrie-Tolleson-Encarnacion
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mark Buehrle 6.2722140 2.11
Aaron Loup (BS,2) 0100000 3.86
Steve Delabar (W,3-0) 1.1000030 3.32
Casey Janssen (S,3) 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 102-63, Aaron Loup 3-2, Steve Delabar 17-12, Casey Janssen 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 10-4, Casey Janssen 2-1
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 26, Aaron Loup 1, Steve Delabar 4, Casey Janssen 3
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Choice, RF4011012 .220
Elvis Andrus, SS4000011 .247
Shin-Soo Choo, LF4010020 .303
Adrian Beltre, 3B4000011 .250
Alex Rios, DH4010000 .299
Mitch Moreland, 1B4000021 .274
Robinson Chirinos, C3110000 .220
   a-Rougned Odor, PH1000000 .200
Leonys Martin, CF2120100 .290
Luis Sardinas, 2B3021001 .400
Robbie Ross, P0000000 .000
   Shawn Tolleson, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Poreda, P0000000 .000
   Alexi Ogando, P0000000 .000
   Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
   Jason Frasor, P0000000 .000
Totals3328217  
a-popped out for Chirinos in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Michael Choice (14), Luis Sardinas (1)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Sardinas (1)
CS - Alex Rios (5, 2nd base by Buehrle/Navarro)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Leonys Martin 1
DP - Martin-Chirinos
E - Mitch Moreland (2, Missed catch of throw)
PB - Robinson Chirinos (3)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Robbie Ross 4.1311421 4.78
Shawn Tolleson 1.2000210 3.63
Aaron Poreda 0.2111000 2.00
Alexi Ogando 0100200 7.64
Neal Cotts (L,1-3) 1.1211010 4.58
Jason Frasor 1110010 2.45
IBB - J. Bautista by Shawn Tolleson
WP - Alexi Ogando (3)
HBP - J. Bautista (by Jason Frasor)
Pitches-Strikes - Robbie Ross 91-56, Shawn Tolleson 26-13, Aaron Poreda 12-9, Alexi Ogando 14-5, Neal Cotts 20-14, Jason Frasor 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Robbie Ross 9-2, Shawn Tolleson 2-1, Aaron Poreda 1-1, Neal Cotts 1-2, Jason Frasor 1-1
Batters Faced - Robbie Ross 20, Shawn Tolleson 6, Aaron Poreda 3, Alexi Ogando 3, Neal Cotts 6, Jason Frasor 5
Game Information
Attendance - 39723
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Hal Gibson