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A Jays' first: 5 series wins

A Jays' first: 5 series wins
Scott Richmond pitched six strong innings and Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay and Alex Rios each hit home runs as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Texas Rangers 5-2 last night.

The Blue Jays won the series 2-1 and have won five series to open the season, something they have never done before.

Blue Jays 5, Rangers 2

Rios's home run with a runner on in the fifth was his first of the season and proved decisive.

Richmond, a native of North Vancouver, B.C., gave a solid performance before a crowd of 15,487 at the Rogers Centre on a day when the Blue Jays needed some good news about their pitching.

Earlier, the team had put left-handed pitchers Ricky Romero and B. J. Ryan on the 15-day disabled list.

Romero, a rookie starter who has impressed early on, has a strained muscle on his right side, while Ryan, the team's struggling closer, has a tight trapezius muscle.

Richmond (2-0) held the Rangers to two runs on six hits. He gave up two home runs, while striking out a career-high eight in six innings.

Brandon League took over in the seventh, while Jesse Carlson and Shawn Camp pitched eighth.

Scott Downs, who manager Cito Gaston said before the game was not available to pitch in the finale against Texas, pitched a perfect ninth for his first save of the season.

Rangers' starter Kevin Millwood (1-2) gave up just five hits over seven innings, but three home runs proved costly.

The Jays hit more than one home run in an inning just six times last season. Toronto tied that mark in the second inning when Wells and Overbay went deep for solo shots.

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Added: April 24, 2009

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