Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Texas leads 1-0 (as of 8/1)

Game 1: Friday, August 1
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Game 2: Saturday, August 2
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Game 3: Sunday, August 3
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Blue Jays 8

(54-55, 24-32 away)

Rangers 9

(57-53, 28-23 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 1, 2008

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: C. Wilson (2-2)

    L: B. Ryan (2-4)

    Murphy delivers for Rangers in ninth with two-RBI walk-off single

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- David Murphy had been inconsistent hitting against left-handers this season.

    Toronto twice intentionally walked batters to set up a lefty-on-lefty matchup with the Texas outfielder, who came in hitting just .237 in such situations. Both times Murphy made the Blue Jays pay.

    His two-run single with one out in the bottom of the ninth capped a three-run rally and lifted the Rangers to a 9-8 victory Friday night.

    "It motivates you," said Murphy, who also had a two-run single off left-hander Jesse Carlson in the fifth. "They think they can beat me a little easier with leftys. Obviously that's what the numbers show. It motivates you to try even harder."

    Pinch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew a one-out walk from B.J. Ryan (2-4) in the ninth, and Michael Young followed with single.

    Brandon Boggs, who entered the game when Josh Hamilton left with dehydration after the sixth inning, doubled to score Saltalamacchia.

    Ryan, who blew his third save in 23 chances, intentionally walked Marlon Byrd to load the bases.

    Murphy hit a grounder just past a diving Scott Rolen at third to bring in the tying and winning runs. Teammates mobbed Murphy near first base as the Rangers rallied from a 6-0 and 8-6 deficits for their 22nd comeback victory.

    "We were down six, but it was early," manager Ron Washington said. "We got something going and kept chipping away. You like to see fight like that. We're a team with heart."

    Texas' enthusiasm was tempered when the Rangers announced the firing of pitching coach Mark Connor and bullpen coach Dom Chiti about 45 minutes after the game.

    Andy Hawkins, the Triple-A Oklahoma pitching coach, will replace Connor, while Jim Colborn, the director of Pacific Rim operations, is the new bullpen coach.

    The Rangers pitching came into the game last in the American League in ERA, and it looked like their bullpen was going to cost them Friday's game.

    Texas closer C.J. Wilson (2-2) picked up win despite allowing two runs in the ninth,

    Adam Lind gave Toronto a 7-6 lead in the top of the ninth with a one-out triple, and he scored on Kevin Mench's RBI groundout.

    "This one is a tough loss," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "We battled hard but they came out on top. We hit the ball well, but just couldn't get it closed out"

    The Blue Jays had totaled six runs over their last four games.

    Rolen, who broke an 0-for-17 skid, ignited Toronto's offense with a three-run homer in the second. It was Rolen's first homer since June 26 -- a span of 97 at-bats. Lyle Overbay added a two-run shot as the Blue Jays took the 6-0 lead.

    Hamilton, whose status is day-to-day, hit his 26th homer in the fourth and drove in two runs to increase his major league-leading total to 106.

    Texas, which got within 6-2 on Hamilton's homer, scored four in the fifth.

    Frank Catalanotto had an RBI single and Young added an RBI double to make it 6-4. After an intentional walk that loaded the bases, Murphy capped Texas' scoring with a two-run single.

    "There's been plenty of times when they've walked someone to get to me and I failed to get the job done," Murphy said. "[Friday night] it worked."

    Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. Marcum, who hasn't won since May 26, was making his third start since coming off the disabled list with a sore elbow.

    "The whole game I couldn't locate my fastball at all," Marcum said. "It's tough to pitch if you can't locate your fastball."

    Texas' Tommy Hunter, who allowed six runs over five innings in his first career start, became the sixth pitcher to make his major league debut for Texas this season, 14 months after he was selected by the Rangers with the 54th overall pick of the draft.

    The Rangers called up Hunter from Triple-A Oklahoma. He is the 16th rookie to play for the Rangers this season, matching the club record.

    Game notes


    Rangers DH Milton Bradley was not available for the third consecutive game due to a strained left quadriceps. ... Toronto's David Eckstein played 2B for the first time since 2001. ... Carlson, who was in the process being taken out of the game by Gaston, was ejected by home plate umpire Angel Campos in the sixth. ... Rangers 3B Ramon Vazquez left the game in the ninth with an injury when he dived trying to stop Rios' single. ... The game time temperature was 100 degrees.

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