Toronto (59-83) at Texas (77-64)

Sunny Currently: Arlington, TX
Temp: 82° F
  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Sun Sep 12, 2004
  • TV: RSN
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Francisco Cordero has been one of the most pleasant surprises for the Texas Rangers this season.

Cordero hopes to get a chance to set the team record for saves as the Rangers conclude their three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at Ameriquest Field in Arlington.

Cordero got the final three outs in the Rangers’ 10-7 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday, earning his 43rd save of the season to match the mark set by John Wetteland in 1999.

“It’s a pretty nice record,” Cordero said. “It’s been a good season for me and the whole team. What I want most is to go to the playoffs.”

Cordero, who has just three blown saves this season, ranks second in the majors in saves, behind the New York YankeesMariano Rivera (47).

David Delluci hit a go-ahead double and Mark Teixiera homered for the second straight day, helping the Rangers remain within five games of the first-place Oakland Athletics in the AL west. The A’s beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 on Saturday.

The Rangers, who also trail Anaheim, will play the A’s and Angels 14 times in the final three weeks of the season.

“It’s going to get interesting down the stretch here,” Texas manager Buck Showalter said.

Vernon Wells and Orlando Hudson homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost six straight to the Rangers. Toronto has lost four of its last seven overall.

Eric Hinske and Chris Gomez also connected in the eighth inning—just the 15th time in major league history, and eighth in the AL, that a team had two pinch-hit homers in the same inning.

“We had a good chance to win,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “We just couldn’t get it done.”

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