ARLINGTON -- Same song, different verse Saturday for the Texas Rangers, who have matched the 2009 team for scoring futility at Rangers Ballpark.
R.A. Dickey allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings, and four Toronto relievers allowed only two hits the rest of the way in a 6-1 Blue Jays victory that sent the Rangers to their fifth straight loss.
Adam Lind and Colby Rasmus hit two-run homers off Josh Lindblom to provide the Blue Jays with all their offense until a two-run ninth. Lindblom, pitching on his 26th birthday, allowed five hits in six innings.
But Lind’s first-inning blast put the Rangers’ struggling offense in an early hole, and Rasmus connected in the fourth inning for a second straight game.
The Rangers’ finally scored in the sixth after loading the bases with one out on three straight singles. Leonys Martin drove home Nelson Cruz on a fielder’s choice when the Rangers needed a base hit.
The run snapped a streak of 21 innings without a run, the longest drought since Sept. 15-19, 2009.
The Rangers have been held to two or fewer runs for five straight home games, which matches the club-record skid held by the 2009 club from Sept. 13-18, 2009.
-- Jeff Wilson