ARLINGTON -- Michael Young never had a doubt about it. He knew he hit the ball well, and it was headed for the right-field fence.
Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Corey Patterson, who entered as a defensive replacement, certainly didn't know how to play it either, spinning around twice trying to track it down.
Patterson never had a chance as the ball easily cleared his head. That gave Young his first walk-off hit in more than two years, bringing in the game-winning run to lift the Texas Rangers to a 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday night at Rangers Ballpark.
The Rangers (58-43) celebrated their new four-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West by mobbing Young afterward.
"Whatever it takes," Young said. "We had three well-executed bunts and ran the bases aggressively after that. We made it interesting, but we'll take wins any way we can get them."
The Rangers trailed 4-3 going into the ninth, but went to a small-ball approach with three consecutive bunts to manufacture the necessary runs.
Pinch-hitter Mike Napoli drew a leadoff walk off Blue Jays left-hander Marc Rzepczynski. Napoli moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mitch Moreland, who beat out the throw to first after Rzepczynski failed to field it cleanly.
"That was the bunt that really got us going," Young said.
"I got the opportunity to bunt, and did what I could to get it down," Moreland said. "I think that's the second time I've been asked to bunt."
The successful bunt and subsequent error ended Rzepczynski's night.
Toronto turned to right-hander Jon Rauch to face Ian Kinsler, who laid down another sacrifice bunt on the first pitch he saw to advance the runners to second and third.
The Rangers then tied the game at 4-4 with a suicide squeeze bunt by Elvis Andrus, scoring Napoli.
The Blue Jays intentionally walked Josh Hamilton to get to Young, a move that backfired.
"You've just got to play baseball the way it presents itself," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Great execution tonight, great execution."
After Moreland reached, Washington considered letting Kinsler swing away. But he opted to give Kinsler one chance to get a bunt down, which Kinsler did.
Washington said there was never a doubt about putting on the suicide squeeze, and he had a feeling they would walk Hamilton to get to Young.
"It wasn't a bad idea to have Michael up there," Washington said. "But we had to tie it first to win it."
Texas had taken a 3-1 lead with three two-out RBI hits in the third, fourth and fifth. Hamilton had a stand-up RBI triple in the third, Chris Davis had a run-scoring single in the fourth and Nelson Cruz brought in a run with a double in the fifth.
The Blue Jays answered in the sixth by hitting for the cycle and scoring three runs off Rangers starter Matt Harrison. Catcher J.P. Arencibia led off with a solo homer, followed with a double by Yunel Escobar, a triple by Eric Thames and a broken-bat single by Jose Bautista.
Harrison got through the inning, though, inducing a double-play grounder by Adam Lind and flyout by Edwin Encarnacion.
"I felt like three out of the four batters I made my pitches and they just hit the ball hard," said Harrison, who left after 62/3 innings and matched a career-high with eight strikeouts. "It's tough, but you've just got to keep grinding it out."
The same goes for offense.
Drew Davison, 817-390-7760