Rangers 5, Blue Jays 3

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TORONTO (AP)—R.A. Dickey is determined to show the Texas Rangers he belongs in the starting rotation.

Dickey pitched six strong innings, and Hank Blalock, Mark Teixeira and Laynce Nix homered in the first inning as the Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 Friday night.

“I can give 200 innings and keep the team in the game throughout the course of the season,” Dickey said. “Hopefully, that’s what the front office and everybody else sees, that this is a guy that is going to help us not have to go out and find a third, fourth or fifth starter. We got one here that we don’t have to pay a lot of money.”

Dickey (6-5) won his second straight start, allowing three runs on six hits, while striking out six and walking one.

“So what if I’m called a journeyman reliever? Whatever the title is,” Dickey said. “I don’t pay attention to those guys, those are the dream busters.”

The 28-year-old right-hander earned his first career win as a starter last Sunday against Cleveland.

“Everybody in the minor leagues kept saying, ‘Don’t forget about this guy. He’ll grow on you and you’ll want him around,”’ Texas manager Buck Showalter said.

Blalock hit his 20th homer, Teixeira hit a two-run shot and Laynce Nix also had a two-run homer off Corey Thurman (1-1)

The three home runs in an inning tied a club record, done 23 times previously.

Thurman, who pitched six scoreless innings in his first start of the year last Saturday, allowed five runs on six hits in just two thirds of an inning.

“The game has a way of evening itself out,” Thurman said. “Hopefully, this doesn’t happen to me too many more times.”

Carlos Delgado hit his 32nd home run for the Blue Jays, who have lost 24 of their last 35 games.

Francisco Cordero pitched 1 1-3 innings for his seventh save in 14 chances.

Mike Bordick’s RBI single and Josh Phelps’ run-scoring double cut the lead to 5-2.

Delgado homered in the third.

The Rangers had more scoring chances later, but the Blue Jays turned aseason-high five double plays.


Rafael Palmeiro went 2-for-3 and broke the Rangers’ record for career at-bats with 5,658. Ivan Rodriguez held the mark with 5,656. … The Rangers have won seven of nine. … The Blue Jays have allowed three home runs in an inning 22 times. … The Blue Jays released struggling reliever Juan Acevedoafter the game. He was cut by the Yankees earlier this season.

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