helped power the
Toronto Blue Jays
to a big early lead with his first career grand slam. He then put the game finally out of reach after Texas cut an 11-run
deficit to one.
Lind finished with a career-high eight RBIs after adding a solo homer and three-run double in a seven-run ninth for Toronto
in a wild 18-10 over the slipping Rangers on Monday night.
''You know you have to outslug these guys. They came back tonight and showed why they're in the hunt for the playoffs,'' Lind
said. ''I hit it on the sweet spot on a couple of pitches.''
also homered twice and drove in five runs. He hit a three-run homer in a five-run first, a sacrifice fly in the third and
led off the fifth with a 438-foot blast into the Toronto bullpen in left-center for an 11-0 lead.
And, when the Rangers started hitting, it appeared that might not be enough.
''No lead is comfortable here. You have to produce,'' said Barajas, who played in Texas from 2004-06. ''Once we got to 11
runs, I was hoping it would be good. ... We were lucky to hang on.''
The Rangers pulled to 11-10 in the seventh on
' sacrifice fly to deep center, where
made a leaping catch on the warning track to keep another runner at first base. But they didn't score again, coming up short
of their largest comeback in team history.
''We put ourselves in the position to make a push there at the end. You have to give credit, they piled on runs in the ninth,''
Rangers third baseman
said. ''We don't really consider this to be a deflating loss.''
But the Rangers (72-58) wrapped up a losing August and dropped four games behind idle Boston in the AL wild-card race.
Lind's slam made it 10-0 with no outs in the fourth and chased Rangers rookie left-hander
The eight RBIs matched the most in the majors this year. They were also the most in the American League in two years, and
the most by a Toronto player since
had a team-record nine 32 years ago.
Toronto set a season high for runs after being limited to 14 runs combined the previous five games.
''We finally score some runs and can't hold it,'' manager Cito Caston said. ''If you walk away losing this game, what a shame.''
Toronto led for good after
had a leadoff single and
an RBI double within the first three pitches of the game by Holland, who had been 4-0 his last five starts at Rangers Ballpark.
''I was pitiful,'' Holland said. ''Definitely didn't have command. I didn't throw the ball where it needed to be thrown. ...
I couldn't establish any of my pitches.''
An inning before Wells' nifty catch, Texas stranded two runners when
had an inning-ending deep flyball to center after RBI singles by
(6-3) barely made it through the five innings needed for the victory. After four scoreless innings, Toronto's rookie left-hander
gave up seven runs and took a Hamilton liner off his left hip before finally getting the final out of the fifth.
Kinsler had a two-run triple before
hit a three-run homer that made it 11-7. In between,
had a sacrifice fly and Hamilton got an infield single with the hard shot off Cecil.
After Gaston and a trainer checked on him, Cecil struggled through the rest of the inning before finally striking out
, the 10th batter in the frame, for the final out.
Young extended his majors-best hitting streak to 18 games overall with a single in the fourth, matching a Rangers record with
a hit in his 23rd consecutive home game.
The 16 homers by Barajas, who has six of them his last 10 games, are his most since a career-best 21 in 2005 while playing
for the Rangers.
NOTES: The only other player in the majors with eight RBIs this season was Washington's
at Milwaukee on July 27. The last AL player with at least eight RBIs was
Los Angeles Angels
with 10 in a game two years ago. ... The largest deficit Texas has overcome to win was 10 runs. The Rangers trailed Detroit
14-4 on May 8, 2004, before rallying to win 16-15. ... Texas was 14-15 in August. ... It was Barajas' seventh career multihomer
game. His only other one this season was also against the Rangers, in Toronto on April 22. Lind had his second multihomer
game, both this season in Arlington. The other was June 8. ... Young matched
's 23-game home hitting streak set in 1995.