Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Melky Cabrera hit a tie-breaking homer in the seventh and a key two-run single in the eighth to carry the Toronto Blue Jays to a 9-6 triumph over the Texas Rangers Sunday in the finale of a three-game set at Rogers Centre.
Cabrera went 3-for-5, Jose Reyes drove in two runs while Dioner Navarro had a solo shot as the Blue Jays took two of three from the Tigers to improve to 51-48. It was the first two-game winning streak for Toronto since they swept the Brewers on July 1-2.
Toronto starter Mark Buehrle failed to get his first win since June 1 as he allowed five runs on eight hits with three walks and five strikeouts in six innings. Instead, Todd Redmond (1-4) earned the victory after pitching a scoreless seventh.
Neftali Feliz (0-1) took the loss after giving up a homer to Cabrera as the Rangers dropped to 39-59. Starter Nick Tepesch lasted just 4 1/3 frames after yielding five runs on nine hits.
The Blue Jays jumped out to an early lead on the back of Dioner Navarro’s solo shot that led off the top of the second. They followed with two more runs in the frame to carry a 3-0 advantage into the third.
However, Texas was quick to respond. After Leonys Martin singled and Adam Rosales walked, Rougned Odor moved both runners ahead with a sac bunt. Daniel Robertson brought both of them home with a single to cut the lead to one.
After adding one in the third, the Blue Jays reinstated a three-run lead in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Dan Johnson that brought home Cabrera.
In the sixth, Buehrle allowed three singles to load the bases before committing a balk in his delivery, allowing Geovany Soto to reach home plate. Robertson then took the next pitch up the middle to score a pair of Rangers to tie the game at 5.
In the seventh, Cabrera went deep to right field before swatting a two-run single in the eighth to give the Blue Jays a 9-5 edge.
Casey Janssen came in for the ninth but gave up one run on three hits. Aaron Loup came in with two on and two outs and recorded the final out for his fourth save and second in as many games.