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Blue Jays rally for wild 16-10 win over Rangers

May 15, 2010 - 4:08 AM TORONTO(AP) -- 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 RBIs 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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    Rangers 10, Blue Jays 16  FinalMay 15 5:23 PM
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    TEXAS ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    E Andrus ss 4 2 2 0 1 0 1 .317
    M Young 3b 4 2 2 1 1 0 1 .288
    J Hamilton lf-cf 5 1 1 0 0 2 6 .284
    J Borbon cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .213
    V Guerrero dh 4 2 3 3 0 1 0 .341
    I Kinsler 2b 3 1 0 0 2 2 1 .308
    N C

    May 14 10:31 PM
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    Rangers 10, Blue Jays 16  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 14 10:07 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ALEX GONZALEZ SCORED LYLE OVERBAY
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A GONZALEZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 10
    TORONTO 16 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: J BAUTISTA (.216, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Rangers 10, Blue Jays 16  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 14 10:06 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ADAM LIND (6) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF DOUG MATHIS.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 10, TORONTO 15
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: V WELLS (.310, 1-FOR-3, HR, 4 RBI)

    Rangers 10, Blue Jays 15  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 14 9:11 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY AARON HILL (3) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF DOUG MATHIS SCORED FRED LEWIS AND TRAVIS
    SNIDER.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 10, TORONTO 14
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A LIND (.219, 1-FOR-2, BB, RBI)

    Rangers 10, Blue Jays 14  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 14 9:10 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MAX RAMIREZ SCORED VLADIMIR GUERRERO
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J SMOAK ON FIRST, I KINSLER ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 10
    TORONTO 11 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: C GENTRY (.214, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Rangers 10, Blue Jays 11  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 14 8:59 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY VERNON WELLS (10) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 3RD OFF DOUG MATHIS SCORED ADAM LIND AND AARON HILL.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 9, TORONTO 11
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: L OVERBAY (.183, 2-FOR-2, HR, 3 RBI)

    Rangers 9, Blue Jays 11  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 14 8:42 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADAM LIND SCORED FRED LEWIS
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, A LIND ON FIRST, A HILL ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 9
    TORONTO 8 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: V WELLS (.305, 0-FOR-2, RBI)

    Rangers 9, Blue Jays 8  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 14 8:40 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY TRAVIS SNIDER (6) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH
    2 OUT IN THE 3RD OFF RICH HARDEN SCORED JOHN BUCK AND JOSE
    BAUTISTA.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 9, TORONTO 7
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: F LEWIS (.293, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Rangers 9, Blue Jays 7  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 14 8:31 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY LYLE OVERBAY (3) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    3RD OFF RICH HARDEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 9, TORONTO 4
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A GONZALEZ (.255, 0-FOR-1)

    Rangers 9, Blue Jays 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 14 8:21 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED MAX RAMIREZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M YOUNG ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 9
    TORONTO 3 TOP,3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J HAMILTON (.290, 1-FOR-2)

    Rangers 9, Blue Jays 3  Top 3, 0 OutsMay 14 8:15 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY NELSON CRUZ SCORED IAN KINSLER, VLADIMIR GUERRERO
    AND MICHAEL YOUNG
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, N CRUZ ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 8
    TORONTO 3 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J SMOAK (.194, 0-FOR-1)

    Rangers 8, Blue Jays 3  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 14 7:52 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY VLADIMIR GUERRERO SCORED ELVIS ANDRUS
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, V GUERRERO ON FIRST, M YOUNG ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 5
    TORONTO 3 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: I KINSLER (.320, 0-FOR-1)

    Rangers 5, Blue Jays 3  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 14 7:47 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MAX RAMIREZ (2) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF BRETT CECIL.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 4, TORONTO 3
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: C GENTRY (.231, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Rangers 4, Blue Jays 3  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 14 7:40 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY LYLE OVERBAY SCORED ADAM LIND AND AARON HILL
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, L OVERBAY ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 3
    TORONTO 3 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A GONZALEZ (.257, 10 HR, 27 RBI)

    Rangers 3, Blue Jays 3  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 14 7:28 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY VERNON WELLS SCORED FRED LEWIS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A LIND ON SECOND, A HILL ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 3
    TORONTO 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: L OVERBAY (.169, 2 HR, 11 RBI)

    Rangers 3, Blue Jays 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 14 7:27 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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    TEXAS 3 3 4 0
    TORONTO 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: TEX - RICH HARDEN
    TOR - BRETT CECIL

    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: F LEWIS (.296, 2 HR, 13 RBI)
    A HILL (.181, 2 HR, 6 RBI)
    A LIND (.215, 5 HR, 18 RBI)

    Rangers 3, Blue Jays 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 14 7:16 PM