ARLINGTON, Texas —David Murphy’s two-run single with one out in the bottom of the ninth capped a three-run rally and lifted the Texas Rangers past the Toronto Blue Jays 9-8 on Friday night.
Pinch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew a one-out walk from B.J. Ryan (2-4), and Michael Young followed with single.
Brandon Boggs, who entered the game when Josh Hamilton left with dizziness after the sixth inning, doubled to score Saltalamacchia.
Ryan, who blew his third save in 23 chances, intentionally walked Marlon Byrd to load the bases.
Murphy, who drove in four runs, hit a grounder just past a diving Scott Rolen at third to bring in the tying and winning runs.
C.J. Wilson (2-2) picked up the win despite allowing two runs in the ninth.
Adam Lind gave Toronto a 7-6 lead in the top of the ninth with a one-out triple, and he scored on Kevin Mench’s RBI groundout.
The Blue Jays had totaled six runs over their last four games.
Rolen, who broke an 0-for-17 skid, ignited Toronto’s offense with a three-run homer in the second. It was Rolen’s first homer since June 26—a span of 97 at-bats. Lyle Overbay added a two-run shot as the Blue Jays took a 6-0 lead.
Hamilton left the game with dizziness. Hamilton, whose status is day-to-day, hit his 26th homer in the fourth and drove in two runs to increase his major league-leading total to 106.
Texas, who got within 6-2 on Hamilton’s homer, scored four in the fifth to tie it.
Frank Catalanotto had an RBI single and Young added an RBI double to make it 6-4. Murphy capped Texas’ scoring with a two-run single.
Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings. Marcum, who hasn’t won since May 26, was making just his third start since coming off the disabled list with a sore elbow.
Texas’ Tommy Hunter, who allowed six runs over five innings in his first career start, became the sixth pitcher to make his major league debut for Texas this season 14 months after he was selected by the Rangers with the 54th overall pick of the 2007 draft.
The Rangers called up Hunter from Triple-A Oklahoma. Hunter is the 16th rookie to play for the Rangers this season, matching the club record.