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MLB: Texas 2, Toronto 1

Aug. 18, 2012 at 4:16 PM   |   Comments

TORONTO, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Nelson Cruz socked a two-run homer and six Texas pitchers combined to limit Toronto to one run Saturday in the Rangers' 2-1 verdict over the Blue Jays.

Cruz's blast in the fifth inning off Carlos Villanueva (6-3) erased a 1-0 deficit and provided all the offense the Rangers would need.

Texas starter Roy Oswalt went 4 2/3 innings, yielding one run on two hits, while Robbie Ross and Tanner Scheppers followed with a combined 1 2/3 scoreless frames.

Michael Kirkman (1-2) earned the win after working out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the seventh, Mike Adams turned in a scoreless eighth and Joe Nathan tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his 24th save.

The American League West-leading Rangers evened their three-game series with the win.

Villanueva surrendered a pair of runs on four hits in a 6 1/3-inning effort.

Adeiny Hechavarria knocked in the only run for the Blue Jays.

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