Blue Jays 6, Rangers 1: Adam Lind and Colby Rasmus each belted two-run home runs as visiting Toronto sent Texas to its season-high fifth straight loss.
R.A. Dickey (6-8) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning and stranded a pair of runners in the fifth before allowing his only run with two outs in the sixth on a fielder’s choice groundout from Leonys Martin. The knuckleballer, who allowed seven hits, departed after the Rangers’ lone score.
Martin had a career-high three hits and Adrian Beltre added two more for the Rangers, who have scored a total of six runs during the losing streak. Josh Lindblom (0-2) lost for the second time in three career starts, yielding four runs and five hits over six frames.
Lind sparked the Toronto offense in the first, pounding a hanging curveball from Lindblom high off the foul pole in right to give the Blue Jays a 2-0 advantage. After Lindblom recovered to retire the next seven hitters, Lind opened the fourth with a single and scored for a second time as Rasmus hammered a 3-2 changeup for his 12th homer.
The early scores were enough for Dickey, who struck out Chris McGuiness to end the fourth and got Beltre to fly out to end the Rangers’ other prime scoring threat one inning later. Toronto tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth when Josh Thole added an RBI single and Maicer Izturis scored on an error by Beltre.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Blue Jays have won four straight – matching their season high – while the Rangers have dropped five in a row at home for the first time since Sept. 13-18, 2009. … Texas 2B Ian Kinsler, who had been on the disabled list since May 18 due to a right intercostal strain, was recalled Saturday after a brief rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco. The three-time All-Star went 0-for-4 with a walk. … Martin’s RBI groundout ended a 21-inning scoreless drought for the Rangers.