Desperate Blue Jays hold off Texas Rangers

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman pitches against the Texas Rangers at at Rogers...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman pitches against the Texas Rangers at at Rogers Centre on July 19, 2014. (Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 4:28 PM ET

TORONTO - With apologies to the late Al Davis, the Jays motto has become “Just win, baby.”

With their slip-slide in the win department and the standings, the Jays are in danger of becoming irrelevant and out of it by the time the July 31 trade deadline comes and goes.

Needing another strong outing from their starter and a modicum of offence, the Jays received both Saturday in downing the Texas Rangers 4-1 to snap a three-game losing streak.

Marcus Stroman turned in a powerful performance on the mound as he blanked the Rangers on four hits over seven innings to move to 5-3. Stroman didn’t walk a batter and struck out five in his 107-pitch performance.

Offensively, the Jays managed 12 hits, with four of them coming in their two-run fourth and another three in their two-run seventh.


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