Rajai Davis played the hero for the Toronto Blue Jays as he singled home Emilio Bonifacio in the bottom of the 18th inning to give the Jays their third straight win, and second straight against the Texas Rangers. The 18 innings matched their longest game, when they also went 18 against the Los Angeles Angels on July 28, 2005.
The game started with a great pitching duel between Yu Darvish and Mark Buehrle, in front of a near-capacity crowd of 44,079 at the Rogers Centre. The pitchers both were solid as they went seven innings each, but Buehrle was in line for the win when he left with a 3-1 lead. The Jays took that lead into the ninth inning where Casey Janssen blew his first save of the season after allowing two runs on two hits.
Extra innings had a lot of great plays, but it was Ross Wolf of the Rangers that threw away a pick off attempt in the 18th inning to advance Bonifacio to third base, where then Davis did the rest.
Colby Rasmus and Adam Lind where the stars for the Jays in the marathon game as they combined for seven of the teams fifteen hits, and they both raised their average considerably.
This was a great win for the Jays, but what made it even better was the fact that just last week they lost a 17-inning heart breaker to the San Diego Padres, so the baseball gods were in the Jays favor today. They’ll look for the three-game sweep against the first-place rangers tomorrow.
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