ARLINGTON, Texas —Joe Inglett drove in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, B.J. Ryan earned his first save in more than a year and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers with a 5-4 victory Sunday.
With the game tied at 4, Frank Thomas was walked by Dustin Nippert (0-1) leading off the 10th, and after Marco Scutaro came in as a pinch-runner, Lyle Overbay also walked. Gregg Zaun’s sacrifice moved the runners up, and Inglett’s flyball to right scored Scutaro to give the Jays the lead.
Ryan was activated before the game barely 11 months after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery. His last save was April 11, 2007, and he had season-ending surgery less than a month later and began this season with Class-A Dunedin.
He had to work for this one after giving up a leadoff triple to Marlon Byrd. But Ryan retired David Murphy on a groundout, got Milton Bradley on a foul out, and retired Gerald Laird when Alex Rios made a running catch in right field.
Jesse Carlson (1-0) retired the final two batters in the ninth for his first major league victory.
Texas threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with two outs when Murphy walked, Bradley delivered a pinch-hit single, and Laird walked. But Scott Downs struck out pinch-hitter Jason Botts on a called third strike to keep it tied at 4.
Rangers closer C.J. Wilson came into a tie game in the ninth, and after the Blue Jays put runners on first and second, Wilson struck out Rios and set down Vernon Wells on a fly ball to end the threat.
Toronto entered the series opener on Friday night having lost 16 of its previous 19 in Texas, but the Blue Jays completed their first sweep of three or more games in Texas since taking three from the Rangers Aug. 26-28, 1985.
Texas’ Scott Feldman, called up from Double-A Frisco before the game for his first big league start, allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings.
Toronto starter A.J. Burnett gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings.