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May 25, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers 14-3 victory over Blue Jays

Derek Holland cut his hair and had his best start to date. Nelson Cruz matched his career-high with eight RBIs. But, as Ron Washington said, it was the 13-pitch walk that Ian Kinsler drew to start off the game that set the tone for the Rangers' 14-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday at a sold-out Rangers Ballpark.

Here are a few postgame notes from it:

* The Rangers jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first. It's the third time Texas has taken that big of a lead in the first this season, along with April 21 at Detroit and May 11 vs. the Los Angeles Angels.

* Derek Holland improved to 4-3 on the season, allowing two runs on five hits with one walk and a season-high nine strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings. It was Holland's first victory since May 10.

* Nelson Cruz had eight RBIs. He hit an opposite field grand slam in the seventh off Toronto reliever Jason Frasor. It's the second time Cruz has had eight RBIs in a game. He joins teammate Josh Hamilton, who had eight RBIs in his four homer game against Baltimore, as the only players in the big leagues to have eight-RBI games this season.

* Yorvit Torrealba belted his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the third. Torrealba got the start after Mike Napoli was scratched with an upset stomach.

* The Rangers announced a sellout crowd of 46,780. It's the 14th sellout at Rangers Ballpark this season, third-most in franchise history.

-- Drew Davison


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