Blue Jays rally to turn away Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas —Rod Barajas and Scott Rolen each had two-run doubles in the sixth inning, helping the Toronto Blue Jays rally to a 6-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

A.J. Burnett allowed four runs in 5 2-3 innings to win his third consecutive start. B.J. Ryan, who took the loss with a blown save Friday night, pitched a scoreless inning to earn his 21st save in 24 chances.

Rangers starter Scott Feldman allowed four runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out four and walked three in Texas’ first game with a revamped coaching staff.

Andy Hawkins debuted as the team’s pitching coach, and Jim Colborn entered as the new bullpen coach. The Rangers fired pitching coach Mark Connor and bullpen coach Dom Chiti after Friday night’s game.

Marco Scutaro led off the sixth with a single, but was thrown out at third by right fielder Josh Hamilton on Alex Rios’ single. Feldman (4-4) exited after walking Lyle Overbay.

After a ground out advanced both runners, Jamey Wright intentionally walked Matt Stairs to load the bases. Barajas, who played in Texas from 2004-06, lined a pitch down the third-base line that scored a pair and put Toronto on top 4-3.

Rolen followed with a two-run double over Hamilton’s head that made it 6-3.

The Rangers answered with a run in the sixth on Gerald Laird’s RBI single, chasing Burnett. Scott Downs, who pitched 2 1-3 hitless innings of relief, retired Chris Davis on a grounder with runners on first and second to end the threat.

Burnett (13-9) improved to 7-2 since June 24 with the help of some stellar defense.

Leading off the sixth, right fielder Brad Wilkerson ran toward the corner and made a leaping catch at the top of the wall on Michael Young’s fly ball.

Frank Catalanotto had a two-run double with the bases loaded that put the Rangers ahead 3-2. They tried to score all three runners, but the Blue Jays threw out Chris Davis at the plate.

Toronto opened the scoring on Overbay’s RBI grounder in the first.

Hamilton, who left Friday’s game after the sixth inning because of dehydration, doubled leading off the second and moved to third on a grounder. Barajas attempted to pick off Hamilton at third, but the throw went into left field allowing Hamilton to score.

The Blue Jays took a 2-1 lead in the third when Joe Inglett singled, stole second and came home on Rios’ RBI single.


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