Roy Oswalt pitched well in a spot start, working out of jams and limiting his pitch count to 62 pitches over 4 2/3 innings. But he didn't get the final out of the fifth and wasn't the winning pitcher after the Rangers held on for a 2-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon at the Rogers Centre.
The win went to Robbie Ross, who relieved Oswalt with two outs in the fifth. Ross came in to face left-handed batter Colby Rasmus and retired him on a lineout.
Oswalt gave up one run on the day in the third inning. He issued a one-out walk to Anthony Gose, who stole second and moved to third on a balk. Gose then scored on a single by Adeiny Hechavarria.
But Oswalt was in line for the win when Nelson Cruz belted a two-run home run over the left-field fence in the top of the fifth.
Oswalt gave up a leadoff single to Gose to start the bottom of the fifth, but retired the next two batters on a sacrifice bunt and popped-up bunt. Rangers manager Ron Washington opted to go with Ross against Rasmus rather than Oswalt.
Ross then worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth. The Blue Jays loaded the bases again in the seventh with one out, but Michael Kirkman came in relief to get the final two outs.
Mike Adams had a 1-2-3 eighth, and Joe Nathan converted his 24th save to close out the game.
The Rangers won for the second time in their past six games, and will maintain at least a five-game lead in the American League West over Oakland, which plays Cleveland tonight.