Adam Lind said it best here Saturday afternoon when he downplayed the Blue Jays’ fourth consecutive win as a definitive sign the team has turned its losing season around.

“I’ve heard ‘turning the corner’ a lot this year . . . we’re just hoping to win games day to day. You can call the season one big turning point I guess,” Lind said.

A realistic viewpoint coming from the team’s best hitter these days, one who had a reason to boast but didn’t after contributing a two-run homer in Toronto’s 6-1 dismantling of the Texas Rangers.

Indeed, the Jays won their fourth consecutive game, matching a season-high, and it was accompanied by a host of other positives that could suggest the club is approaching the standards expected of it coming out of spring training.

Toronto has won seven of its past nine and has the second-best winning percentage in the American League since May 11 and is now five games below .500, its best record since April 25 (9-14).
Nice, but not close enough to turn the so-called corner.

The club remains mired in last place, and the players realize they’ve underachieved and played far too much bad baseball over the first two months of the season. They aren’t even out to prove the critics wrong, or adopting an ‘us against the world’ mentality.

They just want to win.

And so, on Saturday, they set about doing just that. Lind’s homer came in the first inning to lift R.A. Dickey to an early lead on a day when his own performance was mercurial.

“Today I think I had consistently more velocity than I think I’ve had all season, so that’s optimistic for me going forward,” said Dickey, who improved to 6-8. “I didn’t have my best knuckleball today . . . the challenge was to go out with less than your best and when you can win like that, it’s a good day.”

Dickey was asked about the Jays’ finding their stride but quickly replied he didn’t want to “fall into that trap again . . . we need that one game at a time mentality.”

There was a moment of drama for Dickey, who was surprised when manager John Gibbons yanked him with two outs in the sixth and runners at first and third. Dickey felt he could have handled the final out, but Gibbons saw Ian Kinsler at the plate, and Kinsler had “good swings all day (on Dickey).”