Rangers 10, Blue Jays 7

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—Thanks to some clutch hitting with two outs, the Texas Rangers are still clinging to their slim playoff hopes.

David Dellucci hit a go-ahead RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning to lead Texas over the Toronto Blue Jays 10-7 Saturday night.

Texas, which trails the Oakland Athletics by five games, scored seven of its runs with two outs.

“Sometimes you’ve got to find ways to win ballgames that may not be by the home run or extra-base hit,” Dellucci said. “I think we did a good job of bearing down in key situations and scoring runs.”

Francisco Cordero retired the side in order in the ninth and earned his 43rd save to match John Wetteland’s Rangers record for saves in a season, set 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.”

Toronto got some big two-out hits of its own in the eighth.

Eric Hinske and Chris Gomez each hit pinch-hit homers as Toronto scored three times to tie it at 7.

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

It was just the 15th time in major league history—eighth in the AL—a team had two pinch homers in an inning. Curtis Pride and Scott Hatteberg did it for Boston on Sept. 19, 1997, against the Chicago White Sox.

But the Rangers bounced back against Toronto reliver Jason Frasor.

Frasor (4-6) retired the first two batters he faced in the eighth. But Mark Teixiera walked and Kevin Mench singled.

Dellucci then hit a grounder just past a diving Carlos Delgado at first base that scored Teixiera and gave the Rangers an 8-7 lead. Brian Jordan added an RBI single, and Dellucci scored on Frasor’s balk.

The Rangers, who also trail the Anaheim Angels in the AL West, will play Oakland and Anaheim 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 also homered for the Blue Jays, who lost to Texas for the sixth straight time.

After striking out the first two batters he faced in the eighth inning, Texas reliever Carlos Almanzar allowed a solo shot to Hinske.

Russ Adams, another pinch-hitter, followed with a double off Almanzar. Ron Mahay relieved Almanzar and gave up a two-run shot to Gomez that tied it.

Despite giving up the tying homer, Mahay (3-0) picked up the win in relief.

“You have to tip your cap to them,” Wells said. “They battled for all nine innings. That’s why they’re in the position they’re in right now.”

Trailing 4-3, Hank Blalock gave Texas the lead with a two-out, two-run single in the sixth off Toronto reliever Kevin Frederick.

Rod Barajas added another two-run single with two outs in the seventh to give Texas a 7-4 lead.

Texas starter Kenny Rogers failed to get his 17th victory. Pitching on three days’ rest for the first time this season, he allowed nine hits and four runs.

Toronto starter Ryan Glynn, who pitched for the Rangers in 2000-01, allowed three runs in five innings. He struck out two and walked one.

The Blue Jays scored three in the third to take a 4-3 lead.

Reed Johnson doubled and Hudson tied the game at 3 with a two-run homer to center. Alexis Rios added an RBI single in the third.

Mark Teixeira, who also homered Friday, connected after Blalock and Michael Young had consecutive one-out singles in the first.

Wells hit a two-out solo shot in the first.


Toronto’s Guillermo Quiroz singled to lead off the third but was thrown at home on Johnson’s double. Quiroz ran through a stop sign put up by Toronto third base coach Brian Butterfield. … Texas OF Gary Matthews Jr. missed his sixth straight game with a sore right calf.

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