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