ARLINGTON – The Texas Rangers had their chances. Four times the leadoff man reached in situations that could have resulted in the team’s first walk-off victory of the season.
It eventually happened in the 13th inning. Josh Hamilton belted a two-run homer to center to carry the Rangers to an 8-7 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Ian Kinsler led off the 13th by drawing a walk, and scored on a double by Elvis Andrus off Blue Jays righty Ryota Igarashi. With Hamilton coming up, the Blue Jays turned to right-hander Jason Frasor, who served up the homer.
The Blue Jays had rallied to take the lead in the top of the 13th.
With one out, Brett Lawrie reached on a single off lefty Robbie Ross. He moved to second on a passed ball by Texas catcher Yorvit Torrealba, and then scored when Omar Vizquel, Toronto’s No. 9 hitter, singled to center.
The Blue Jays scored another run when Nelson Cruz couldn’t come up with a liner hit by Yunel Escobar.
Trailing 4-2 going into the bottom of the sixth, the Rangers rallied for three runs on back-to-back-to-back home runs by Cruz, Torrealba and Mitch Moreland.
Cruz, Torrealba and Moreland all sent solo shots in the visiting bullpen to turn the two-run deficit into a 5-4 lead. It was the second in as many days for Cruz and Torrealba to go deep.
All three blasts came off Blue Jays starter Henderson Alvarez, who was ejected during the next at-bat for throwing inside to Kinsler.
The Blue Jays tied it at 5-5 in the seventh off Rangers reliever Alexi Ogando, though. Jose Bautista led off with a double and scored on an RBI single by J.P. Arencibia.
Texas starter Colby Lewis had his shortest outing, lasting 5 1/3 innings. He allowed four runs on 10 hits with no walks and six strikeouts. The 10 hits allowed matched his season high.
-- Drew Davison