Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/18)

Game 1: Monday, July 17
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Toronto10
Game 2: Tuesday, July 18
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Toronto2
Game 3: Wednesday, July 19
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Toronto4

Rangers 5

(48-46, 23-21 away)

Blue Jays 2

(52-41, 32-19 home)

    7:07 PM ET, July 18, 2006

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: V. Padilla (10-5)

    L: S. Schoeneweis (2-1)

    S: A. Otsuka (18)

    Rangers bust out of slump with five-run 8th, beat Jays

    TORONTO (AP) -- The Texas Rangers finally put some offense together.

    "Once we scored that first run we exhaled," Texas manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday night after Hank Blalock hit a go-ahead single in a five-run eighth inning and the Rangers rallied for a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

    Texas scored just four runs in the previous four games, but they rallied from a 2-0 deficit by sending 10 batters to the plate in the eighth.

    Mark Teixeira hit a two-out RBI single off Scott Schoeneweis (2-1) and Blalock followed with a two-run single to center, also off Schoeneweis.

    Brad Wilkerson added a two-run single off Vinnie Chulk to make it 5-2.

    "We needed a big hit there to get the momentum going our way," Showalter said.

    Showalter called Blalock's at-bat one of the biggest of the season.

    "It was nice to get some clutch hits late in the game to get us rolling again," Blalock said.

    Michael Young had three hits for the Rangers, who had lost their previous three games.

    "You can put too much pressure on yourself. This team plays best when it's relaxed and we let things happen," the MVP of the All-Star game said.

    Vicente Padilla (10-5) won his fourth straight start, allowing two runs and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out three and walked one.

    Padilla won four in a row for the first time since May 7-23, 2004, when he pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies.

    Akinori Otsuka pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances.

    After giving up the lead Schoeneweis looked like he took out his frustrations on an aluminum bat. He was playing with one after the game that had a huge dent in it.

    "I blew the game. End of story. What do you want me to say? I blew the game. That's it," Schoeneweis said before cutting the interview off.

    The Blue Jays scored two runs in the first on Lyle Overbay's RBI single and when Padilla inexplicably threw to first on a slow roller by Bengie Molina instead of going home for a sure out, allowing Vernon Wells to score from third.

    Toronto starter Shaun Marcum allowed one hit in five scoreless innings.

    Toronto's Troy Glaus and Shea Hillenbrand missed the game. Glaus has a sore right knee and Hillenbrand is with his family because they adopted a child.

    Game notes


    Texas LHP John Rheinecker didn't make the trip to Canada for the three-game series after leaving his birth certificate behind in a Baltimore hotel room. After Rheinecker remembered where he left it, the room was searched but it didn't turn up. He flew to Dallas and will rejoin the team in Boston for his start on Thursday. ... Toronto RF Alex Rios took batting practice for the first time since suffering an infection in is lower left leg in late June.

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