Rangers blast Blue Jays to halt losing streak

kinsler post Rangers blast Blue Jays to halt losing streak

Ian Kinsler and Jeff Francoeur ignited the Texas offense, helping the American League West-leading Rangers snap a series of streaks with an 8-1 win over Toronto.

Kinsler homered to begin the game and Francoeur went 3-for-4, including an RBI single in the first inning.nDerek Holland (3-3) scattered three hits and equaled a season high with eight strikeouts over five scoreless frames. It was a far cry from his only previous start against Toronto, on August 31, 2009, in which he allowed a career-worst 10 runs.

Not only did the Rangers avoid matching a season high with a sixth straight loss, the club halted a seven-game losing streak to the Blue Jays, a seven- game skid in Toronto and recorded its first win on an artificial surface this season. Texas had gone 0-5 at Rogers Centre and was winless in three games at Tropicana Field.

The Rangers, who will look to salvage a split of this four-game set on Thursday, moved 7 1/2 games ahead of second-place Oakland in the division standings. Get more Texas Rangers news on the official home of the Texas Rangers Radio Network 105.3 The Fan