Adrian Beltre hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh, David Murphy added an insurance run with a solo shot in the eighth and the Texas Rangers held on for a 6-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday.
It was a much-needed win for the Rangers, who had lost four of their last five including an 18-inning game Saturday. The Rangers moved back into first place in the AL West by one-half game over the Oakland Athletics, who lost 4-2 to the Chicago White Sox.
The Rangers battled back from a four-run deficit. Starter Justin Grimm had two outs in the third inning, but unraveled.
Grimm walked Melky Cabrera then gave up an infield single to Jose Bautista and RBI single to Edwin Encarnacion. The big blow came from Adam Lind, who swatted a three-run homer.
The Rangers scratched their way back in it. They scored two runs in the fourth on a solo homer by Nelson Cruz and RBI double by Chris McGuiness. Cruz then delivered an RBI single in the fifth to make it 4-3.
The Rangers tied it in the sixth when Leury Garcia scored from third when Craig Gentry stole second. Beltre and Murphy then homered the next two innings.
Grimm didn’t factor into the decision, allowing four runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. Neal Cotts worked an inning in relief, Kyle McClellan got the final out of the seventh and Tanner Scheppers worked a perfect eighth.
Joe Nathan, who declared himself ready despite warming up multiple times Saturday, made it interesting in the ninth but earned his 19th save. With runners at second and third and one out, Nathan struck out Bautista and got Encarnacion to pop up.