Rangers snap losing skid with 6-2 victory

By Drew Davison, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

May 18--ARLINGTON -- Nick Martinez got through five innings, Mitch Moreland and Alex Rios came through with clutch hits and the Texas Rangers snapped out of their funk with a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon.

The Rangers avoided being swept by the Blue Jays and put an end to a four-game losing streak. The six runs were the most the offense has scored since beating Boston, 8-0, on May 9.

Juan Francisco gave Toronto a 1-0 lead in the fourth with a solo homer, but Texas answered in their half.

Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey hadn't let a ball out of the infield until Rios ripped a two-run triple off the right-center field wall with one out in the fourth.

Martinez kept the 2-1 lead intact, getting through five innings on 84 pitches. He left in line for his first career victory, but Aaron Poreda gave up a game-tying homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the sixth.

That knocked Martinez out for the win, but the Rangers still got it.

Moreland delivered the go-ahead shot with a two-run homer just over the right-field wall in the seventh. The Rangers tacked on a couple insurance runs in the eighth, too, with RBI hits by Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre.

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @drewdavison


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