Posted: Jul 19, 2014 2:30 PM
Updated: Jul 19, 2014 2:30 PM
TORONTO (AP) Marcus Stroman pitched seven shutout innings to snap a three-start winless streak, Dan Johnson had two RBIs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 on Saturday.
Melky Cabrera had three hits as the Blue Jays won for the first time in four games.Toronto had lost nine of 11 coming in.
Stroman (5-2) allowed four hits, all singles, walked none and struck out five, improving to 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA in six home starts. Aaron Loup finished for his third save in six chances.
Texas, which stopped an eight-game losing streak with Friday's 5-1 victory, has not strung together consecutive wins since beating Minnesota on June 27 and 28 and has the worst record in the major leagues at at 39-58.
Colby Lewis (6-7) gave up two runs and eight hits in five innings. In his previous start, he allowed a team-record 13 runs 11 earned in 2 1-3 innings during a July 10 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
Toronto stranded five runners in the first three innings, then took a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Colby Rasmus led off with a single, went from first to third on a wild pitch that rolled toward the Rangers' on the first-base side and scored on Johnson's RBI double off the wall in right. Three batters later, Johnson came home on Munenori Kawasaki's infield single.
Toronto made it 4-0 against Ryan Feierabend on Dioner Navarro's RBI single and Johnson's sacrifice fly.
Stroman's most challenging inning was the fourth, which began with singles by Daniel Robertson and Adrian Beltre. Stroman struck out Jake Smolinski and Leonys Martin, then got J.P. Arencibia to ground into a forceout.
Elvis Andrus hit an RBI single off Dustin McGowan in the eighth, but the Rangers left the bases loaded when McGowan struck out Smolinski.
NOTES: Time was called when a pair of pigeons walked between the plate and the mound in the bottom of the eighth. When Beltre tried to shoo the birds away, they walked toward first base. ... Making his second straight start at DH, Shin-Soo Choo went 0 for 4. Choo is hitless in 21 at bats, including 11 strikeouts. ... Texas OF Alex Rios left after spraining his right ankle on a swing in the first inning. X-rays were negative. Rios was replaced by Robertson. ... Rangers RHP Nick Tepesch (3-5) faces Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle (10-6) in Sunday's series finale. Buehrle is winless in seven starts.