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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Corey Patterson took a big swing at a high 0-2 pitch coming at him about shoulder high -- and knocked it out of the ballpark for the Toronto Blue Jays. What Patterson called a "1 in a 100" shot was the first of three homers in a span of four batters for the Blue Jays in a fifth-inning barrage that pushed them to a 6-4 victory over the AL West-leading Texas Rangers on Monday night. Tough-luck rookie starter Kyle Drabek got a much-deserved win. Pattersons three-run blast off Colby Lewis (1-3) with two outs in the fifth was followed on the very next pitch by Jose Bautistas 405-footer to left -- his majors-leading eighth homer. "The past few games, it seems we really couldnt get anything going offensively besides Jose swinging the bat well. We definitely need to help him out," Patterson said. "It seemed like I was able to help jump-start the team." The Blue Jays were coming off a 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay and had gone 15 consecutive innings without a run until their three-homer inning. Lewis, the Rangers post-season ace last October who has now lost his last three starts, turned and reacted in disbelief when Patterson was rounding the bases. "When youre bitten, thats the type of thing that happens," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He tried to go up and out of the zone on him and he still hits a three-run home run. And then the rest of it happened so fast." After pitching coach Mike Maddux visited the mound following Bautistas homer, Adam Lind drew a walk and Juan Rivera hit his first homer of the season for a 6-0 lead. "It was good to see Corey Patterson take a pitch that might have been somewhat of a setup pitch on an 0-2 count up and away from him," manager John Farrell said. "To see the six runs on the board was obviously good to see, and we made it hold up." Drabek (2-0), a 23-year-old rookie and Texas native, had gotten a no-decision in three consecutive starts that the Blue Jays won after he had pitched into at least the sixth. The right-hander gave up three runs and five hits in six innings against the Rangers. "Its always nice to get a win. Its a little bit more special it came in my home state," said Drabek, who had plenty of family and friends watching him pitch. "All the guys, theyre really just telling me to stay relaxed. Thats what I tried to do. I tried to slow the game down, stay relaxed throughout it." Texas designated hitter Michael Young extended his hitting streak to 15 games with an RBI double off the right-field wall that made it 6-3 in the sixth. Ian Kinsler also had a run-scoring double in the inning. Toronto entered the four-game series having lost 10 of 14 games overall, but is now 12-1 in its last 13 series openers dating to last season. Jon Rauch worked the ninth, giving up a leadoff homer to Nelson Cruz, before closing out his fourth save in four chances. Yorvit Torrealba homered in the bottom of the inning for Texas, right after David Murphy grounded into a double play. "Kyle made a couple of big pitches when he had to," Farrell said. "The groundball double play to Murphy, that had a chance to kind of set things up for them. ... That has a chance to be a completely different looking inning for them." Lewis gave up six runs and seven hits while throwing 95 pitches in five innings, with three strikeouts and four walks. He has a 6.95 earned-run average this season. "I felt great," Lewis said. "I felt like tonight was the best stuff I had all year, so I cant get stuck on what happens in one inning, just move forward and take the first four and move on." The Rangers had three double plays and got a run-saving catch from left-fielder Murphy, but only the fans can grab the long balls that went into the stands. Toronto had two on and no outs in the fourth when Lind hit a flyball slicing toward the left-field line. Murphy made a running catch with his glove fully extended, and both runners had to scurry back to the bases. Patterson was then thrown out trying to steal third. Murphy made another nice catch in the seventh on a flyball by Patterson that turned into a double play when the relay through shortstop Elvis Andrus got Yunel Escobar before he could get back to first. Each of Torontos first five innings ended on grounders to Andrus, who was back in the lineup after a day off following errors in three consecutive games. Andrus went deep in the hole toward third and made strong throws to get Bautista ending the first and leadoff hitter Escobar ending the third. Notes: Toronto most previously hit three homers in an inning last Aug. 7 against Tampa Bay. Lind, Aaron Hill and Edwin Encarnacion had those. ... Toronto reliever Frank Francisco received his World Series ring from the Rangers before the game. Francisco spent his first six major league seasons with Texas. He made 56 appearances last year before missing the final month of the regular season and all the post-season with a muscle strain. He was traded to Toronto in January for catcher-first baseman Mike Napoli. ... Texas is 6-2 in series openers this season. elite James Jones Jersey . The Heat played without NBA MVP LeBron James, who was out with "general soreness," according to coach Erik Spoelstra. Josh Harrelsons 3-pointer with 1:01 remaining put the Heat ahead for good at 102-99. Jerron McMillian Jersey . "Im halfway through my no-throwing, now," said Morrow of his six-week shutdown period. "Then Ill rehab it, start strengthening it and then start throwing. ... bc-90.html . -- The San Jose Sharks are bringing back forward James Sheppard and defenceman Nick Petrecki on one-year contracts. Clay Matthews autographed Jersey . The Heat played without NBA MVP LeBron James, who was out with "general soreness," according to coach Erik Spoelstra. Josh Harrelsons 3-pointer with 1:01 remaining put the Heat ahead for good at 102-99. Aaron Rodgers nike Jersey . -- It was another tough outing for Brett Cecil.PHILADELPHIA -- Steve Mason gave the Flyers a taste of a fabulous performance in net in crunch time. He would love to help keep it going in the playoffs. Mason stopped 38 shots in his first home start for Philadelphia and gave the Flyers faint playoff hopes a boost in a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. Brayden Schenn, Erik Gustafsson and Kimmo Timonen scored to lead the Flyers to their second win in two nights. Mason shook off leg cramps late in the third period to outduel New Yorks Henrik Lundqvist in a pivotal matchup. "As a younger goalie in the league, hes someone you look up to and want to compete against," Mason said. "I was able to get the best of him and I look forward to being able to do that more often." Mason won the Calder Trophy as the NHL rookie of the year in the 2008-09 season, but spent this year as a backup in Columbus. He is out to prove he is more than a No. 2 goalie. Getting the spot start for Ilya Bryzgalov, Mason proved he might be worth another look down the stretch. "The last three years in Columbus have been a drain from a mental standpoint," he said. "There have been so many negatives there, so to come here and get a fresh start with a new organization and new teammates, its just a breath of fresh air. Im really looking forward to it and savoring it." Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored for the Rangers, who have a tenuous hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers are tied with Winnipeg with 46, but New York has six games remaining, compared to five for Winnipeg. The Flyers are 11th in the East, five points behind with five games left. Jakub Voracek added an empty-net goal in the final seconds to seal the victory for Philadelphia. The Flyers had nothing but praise for their new goalie. "He looked calm. When he looks like that, it makes hard shots look easy," Timonen said. "Hes able to play the puck behind the net. He broke up a lot of plays like that. Thats a big plus for us." Lundqvist was solid in net, but two goals off the post doomed the Rangers. Coming off a 7-3 win Monday at Montreal, the Flyers are looking to make a late playoff push. In 2010, they clinched a spot in the final game of the season and advanced to the Stanley Cup finals. They will need more games like the last two, with Thursdays home game against the New Jersey Devils up next. The Rangers will host the llast-place Florida Panthers on Thursday.dddddddddddd "Every game is a playoff game, we know that," Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said. "Its so tight battling for that playoff spot. Every point is really important right now. We have to put this behind us, and weve got another huge game Thursday The Flyers pounced on Lundqvist with two goals in the first period. Schenns eighth goal skimmed the post and went in on Lundqvists stick side for the 1-0 lead. With 2:39 left in the first, Gustafsson one-timed a wrist shot from high atop the circle for his third of the season. Lundqvist, last seasons Vezina Trophy winner as the NHLs top goalie, was coming off a 1-0 win against the Islanders on Saturday. Behind Lundqvist, the Rangers had been 5-1-1 in their previous seven games as they work to solidify their playoff position. The Rangers dont play another team the rest of the way that currently holds a playoff spot. "We want to win, and its tough when you miss opportunities," Rangers centre Brad Richards said. The Rangers cut the deficit to 2-1 when Zuccarello scored his first goal of the season. Though it was his first official goal, Zuccarello scored a crucial shootout goal to help the Rangers beat Toronto last week. There would be no OT thrills in this one. Timonen banged the puck in off the post for his fifth goal and a 3-1 Philadelphia lead. Stepan earned his team-high tying 35th point with his 15th goal. Mason made the lead stick with a 16-save third. "We just couldnt solve Mason," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. The Flyers snapped a three-game losing streak to the Rangers, a team they have had major trouble with the last few years. Lundqvist has 24 career wins against the Flyers, the third most of any goalie. Only Martin Brodeur (47) and John Vanbiesbrouck (26) have more. NOTES: Rangers C Brian Boyle sustained a lower body injury midway through the first period and didnt return. ... Fans roared when Lauren Hart, the daughter of longtime former Flyers broadcaster Gene Hart, sang "God Bless America," alternating lyrics with Kate Smith, who was on a video image. Smiths rendition of the song has been a rallying anthem for the Flyers since the mid-1970s. After a brief image of Smith, the Flyers then showed photos and video clips of rescue workers from the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings. ... The Flyers honoured coach Peter Laviolette for coaching his 750th NHL game on Monday night. ' ' '
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