ARLINGTON -- The hits kept coming Friday night for the Texas Rangers, and especially for Nelson Cruz.
The right fielder had four hits, including a grand slam that gave him a career-high-tying eight RBIs.
It was one of those nights for the Rangers' offense, which produced a double-digit run total for the ninth time this season.
But the key moment for the offense might have been its first.
Ian Kinsler worked Brandon Morrow for 13 pitches before taking a walk, and the Rangers would score six times in the first on their way to a 14-3 cakewalk over Toronto in the opener of a three-game series.
The outburst from a struggling group of hitters provided plenty of support for Derek Holland, who allowed two runs and struck out a season-high nine in 7 1/3 innings.
Josh Hamilton homered for the first time in 11 games, giving him 19 on the year; Yorvit Torrealba hit his first of the season; and Cruz was one of four players with at least three hits.
Kinsler had two hits, but his first walk since May 13 got the Rangers started.
"It was an at-bat that started everything that culminated in what happened at the end of the ballgame, and that was us putting up 14 runs," manager Ron Washington said.
"It did set everything up. There's no doubt about it. I don't care how good of a pitcher you are. If you have throw that man pitches under the conditions he was throwing them under ... it has to take a lot out of you."
Kinsler fouled off six straight pitches from Morrow after the count went full. Pitch No. 13 was a slider that Kinsler didn't chase.
Elvis Andrus followed with a walk, in a mere five pitches, and Kinsler and Andrus advanced on a flyout by Hamilton.
Morrow, though, got two quick strikes on Adrian Beltre, who reached for a slider on the next pitch and dumped it into right field to plate the first two Rangers runs.
Michael Young followed with a single and David Murphy walked to load the bases ahead of Cruz, whose line drive went to the wall in right-center field for a three-run double.
Morrow faced three more hitters: Yorvit Torrealba grounded out, Mitch Moreland singled in Cruz, and Kinsler doubled. The six runs Morrow allowed in two-thirds of an inning pushed his ERA from 2.63 to 3.47.
"It was a good one," Kinsler said. "You don't plan on something like that. It just kind of happens. It was probably frustrating for both us, but I was able to lay off that last slider and get on.
"Honestly, it really doesn't mean much if the guys behind me can't do anything."
Hamilton, who would leave the game in the seventh because of a cold, found the seats for the first time in 40 at-bats when he started the second with a 405-foot blast into the upper home-run porch.
He became the first player in club history with 19 homers in his team's first 46 games and matched the Rangers' record with 10 homers in May.
That made it 7-0, and Holland kept the Blue Jays' bats silent.
He took a shutout in the sixth inning before surrendering a solo shot to Edwin Encarnacion. The left-hander struck out the side in the first inning for his only 1-2-3 inning until a perfect seventh.
"Sometimes, no matter how many runs we score against these guys they find away to come back," Washington said. "Except tonight it just wasn't because of Derek. He was just outstanding."
Cruz hit his grand slam, his second of the season, in the bottom half.
"You dream to have those kinds of days," he said. It's not going to happen every day, but when it does you enjoy it."
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760