TORONTO -- Adrian Beltre extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single and then snapped a 4-4 tie with a home run as the Texas Rangers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-4, on Sunday.
The Rangers (37-25) avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the Blue Jays (27-35) by overcoming a four-run deficit before a crowd of 42,722 at Rogers Centre.
The Blue Jays had built their lead in the third inning with four runs, keyed by a three-run homer from Adam Lind.
But the Rangers came back to tie and took the lead with two out in the seventh when Beltre greeted right-handed reliever Neil Wagner (1-1) with his 14th home run of the season on a 1-and-2 fastball.
David Murphy led off the eighth with his eighth home run of the season on a first-pitch fastball from right-hander Dustin McGowan to put the Rangers up by two runs.
Nelson Cruz also hit a home run and added an RBI single for Texas.
Left-handed reliever Neil Cotts (2-0) pitched one inning to pick up the win. Joe Nathan pitched a jittery ninth for his 19th save.
Nathan walked pinch hitter Maicer Izturis to lead off the ninth and Munenori Kawasaki reached base when shortstop Elvis Andrus was charged with an error.
Melky Cabrera sacrificed the runners to second and third. Jose Bautista struck out swinging and argued with plate umpire Gary Darling and threw his helmet after manager John Gibbons interceded. Edwin Encarnacion popped up to end the game.
Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson who was making his second start since being put on the disabled list because of a strained triceps did not factor in the decision.
Johnson needed 109 pitches to go five innings, allowing three runs on four walks and five hits, including Cruz's home run.
Texas right-hander Justin Grimm allowed four runs on five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings and was not involved in the decision.
The Blue Jays scored four runs in the third, three on Lind's sixth home run of the season. The inning started with a two-out walk to Cabrera. Bautista was given an infield single after second baseman Jurickson Profar slipped and fell after fielding his ground ball.
Encarnacion singled to left to score Cabrera and Lind went deep on a 1-and-0 curveball.
The Rangers scored twice in the fourth with their first two hits of the game. Cruz hit his 15th home run of the season with two out on a 2-and-2 fastball.
Murphy walked and scored on a double by Chris McGuiness, his first major-league hit.
The Rangers cut the lead to 4-3 in the fifth on Cruz' RBI single. It scored A.J. Pierzynski, who doubled with two out and took third on Beltre's infield single.
The Rangers tied the game against left-hander Juan Perez in the sixth on a throwing error by catcher Josh Thole on a stolen base by Craig Gentry that allowed Leury Garcia to score from third.
Garcia reached first on a fielder's choice and took third on Gentry's pinch single.
NOTES: Texas put RHP Alexi Ogando (shoulder inflammation) on the 15-day disabled list. His start on Monday will be taken by RHP Josh Lindblom, who was been recalled from Class-AAA Round Rock. ... Toronto recalled RHP Thad Weber from Class-AAA Buffalo on Sunday to replace RHP Brad Lincoln, who was returned to Buffalo on option after pitching four relief innings in Saturday's 4-3, 18-inning win over the Rangers. ... Texas put LHP Michael Kirkman on the 15-day disabled list because of a recurrence of cutaneous lymphoma. RHP Kyle McClellan has been promoted from Class-AAA Round Rock. ...Toronto will start RHP R.A. Dickey (5-7, 4.66 earned-run average) Monday at Chicago in the opener of a three-game series against the White Sox, who will start RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 3.73 ERA). ... The Rangers are at home Monday against the Cleveland Indians, who will start LHP Scott Kazmir (3-3, 5.24 ERA) against Lindblom (0-1, 7.71 ERA). ... LHP Darren Oliver (shoulder strain) could rejoin the Blue Jays on Monday in Chicago.