Wayne Tolleson's bases-loaded infield single in the seventh inning scored Toby Harrah with the tie-breaking run as the Texas Rangers ended a five-game losing streak yesterday with an 8-4 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto.
With the score tied at 3, Harrah drew a walk off loser Dave Stieb (10-7) to start the seventh and, one out later, moved to second on Geno Petralli's single. With two out, Oddibe McDowell was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Tolleson then hit a roller down the first base line that struck the bag and bounced high in the air, allowing Harrah to score the go-ahead run.
"The ball came in hard, but I got the bat on it and it hit the base," Tolleson said. "But in a pivotal situation like that, it's usually the winning club that gets the break, and we won today. It certainly seemed to open the gates for us."
Knuckle-baller Charlie Hough (10-11) allowed eight hits and four runs in 7 1/3 innings for the victory. Dave Schmidt got the last five outs for his fourth save.
The Blue Jays tied the score at 3 on George Bell's bases-empty homer, his 21st homer of the season, in the sixth.
With Toronto ahead, 2-1, Duane Walker started the Texas fifth with a double into the right field corner and moved to third on Petralli's sacrifice bunt. Damaso Garcia, covering first on the play, threw to third in an attempt to get Walker, but the ball hit the base runner and caromed into the Toronto dugout, allowing Walker to score the tying run.
One out later, McDowell hit his 12th homer of the season to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead.
Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Rance Mulliniks sent a deep fly to left that Gary Ward caught, then dropped as he crashed into the fence. Mulliniks, credited with a triple, scored on a wild pitch by Hough.
The Blue Jays went to 2-0 in the third on Bell's run-scoring double.