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May 18, 2014

Blue Jays top Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Eighth-inning doubles by Kevin Pillar and Jose Reyes produced the go-ahead run as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 on Saturday night.

Right-hander Steve Delabar (3-0) retired four straight, including striking out the side in the eighth, to earn the victory. The Blue Jays added an unearned run in the ninth.

Toronto has won three straight while Texas has lost four in a row.

Toronto took a 1-0 lead on a first-inning home run by Jose Bautista that was pulled down the left-field line with two outs.

Michael Choice’s third-inning RBI single to left tied the score and ended Texas’ scoreless streak at 15 innings.

The Blue Jays broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh when Anthony Gose led off by legging out a double to left, stole third and scored on Melky Cabrera’s chopper to third.

Texas’ Luis Sardinas greeted left-hander reliever Aaron Loop in the seventh with a single to left to tie the score 2-2.

The save by right-hander Casey Janssen was his third of the season and 19th straight in save situations going back to last year.

Jays starter Mark Buehrle, was denied his major league-leading eighth victory.

Pillar hit a cue shot down the right-field line off left-handed reliever Neal Cotts (1-3). Reyes’ two-out dunker into right off Cotts scored Pillar.

Toronto moved two games over .500 for the first time since April 22.

The four-game losing streak equals the Rangers’ season high.

Texas starter Robbie Ross lasted 4 1-3 innings. In the Rangers’ last 18 games, they have gotten three quality starts — all from Yu Darvish.

Buehrle’s overall ERA rose to 2.11 and his road ERA went up to 1.00.

Bautista’s homer was his 179th with Toronto, tying him with Jesse Barfield for fifth place in club history.

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