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Jays use two rallies to walk off vs. Red Sox

May 28, 2016

TORONTO -- Devon Travis hit a walk-off infield single in the ninth inning as the Blue Jays rallied twice for a 10-9 victory over the Red Sox at Rogers Centre on Saturday afternoon.Toronto trailed by four runs heading into the bottom of the eighth, but it went to the ninth

TORONTO -- Devon Travis hit a walk-off infield single in the ninth inning as the Blue Jays rallied twice for a 10-9 victory over the Red Sox at Rogers Centre on Saturday afternoon.
Toronto trailed by four runs heading into the bottom of the eighth, but it went to the ninth with the game tied after an extended rally. All of that seemed for naught after David Ortiz hit a solo shot in the ninth to reclaim the lead with his 13th home run of the year. It was Ortiz's 40th career homer at Rogers Centre, the most by any active visiting player at any ballpark.
Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel retired the first two batters he faced in the bottom half of the inning, but the righty then surrendered a single to Justin Smoak. Pinch-runner Ezequiel Carrera stole second base and advanced to third on a wild throw by Christian Vazquez. Russell Martin then came through with a game-tying double and moved up to third on an eventual wild pitch.
Travis providing much-needed spark
"He's a two-pitch guy, really good fastball and slider," Martin said of Kimbrel. "I was just trying to get a pitch out over the plate to put it on a good part of the bat. I've had some success in the past against him a little bit and I was able to lay off some tough sliders to finally get a fastball that found quite a bit of the plate."
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That set the stage for Travis, who hit a sharp ground ball down the third-base line. Travis Shaw initially made a very nice play on the ball, but his strong throw across the diamond got away from first baseman Hanley Ramirez.
Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision. Toronto right-hander Marcus Stroman matched his career high by allowing seven earned runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings. Boston's Rick Porcello performed better by allowing four runs over 6 2/3 innings, and he was in line for the win until the late collapse by the Red Sox's bullpen.
"Turn the page, play tomorrow," said Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. "It was a good game. We did a lot of good things. We don't feel sorry for ourselves. We have a good team, we're going to show up tomorrow and play."
All the way back: The Blue Jays trailed, 8-4, entering the bottom of the eighth. Toronto put the first two runners of the inning on base, and then Martin came through with an RBI single and Travis followed with a two-run double. That cut the lead to one, and three batters later, Jose Bautista brought his club all the way back with an opposite-field RBI single. Two of the runs were charged to right-hander Junichi Tazawa, who has now surrendered 23 runs in 28 innings vs. Toronto in his career.

Bogaerts extends streak: The Boston bats were quieted early by Stroman, but Xander Bogaerts seemed to change the momentum of the game when he led off the fourth with a home run to extend his streak to 21 games. Bogaerts holds the second-best streak in the Majors this season after Jackie Bradley Jr., who hit in 29 straight. Bogaerts leads the American League with a .351 batting average. More >

Starting from the bottom: Toronto jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, and the bottom of the order was the main reason why. Darwin Barney and Kevin Pillar hit back-to-back doubles to lead off the third inning before Toronto eventually loaded the bases with nobody out. Another run scored when Edwin Encarnacion was hit by a pitch, and the third run of the frame scored on a double play off the bat of Michael Saunders. Barney later added a triple in the fourth to cap his impressive day at the park.

Hanley handcuffed: On the final play of the game, Ramirez tried to scoop the throw from Shaw, but he couldn't hang on. Ramirez converted to a first baseman at the start of this season and has played well there for the most part.
"That's a tough play," said Pedroia. "Travis made a great play, the throw is going into the runner. It's a tough play for any first baseman. I don't care how many games you've played over at first base. I've seen that done by Gold Glovers and everybody. It's not the reason why we lost the game." More >
"He's 4-0, that's good enough for me." -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, on Travis and the fact that his team is undefeated since the second baseman's return
The Blue Jays won despite allowing at least nine runs to the opposition for the first time since June 12, 2015. It also marked the first win when an opponent had at least 15 hits since June 22, 2015, at St. Petersburg.
Home-plate umpire Mike DiMuro had to leave in the bottom of the second inning after he was struck by Travis' foul ball. More >

When Encarnacion was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the third, the Red Sox felt like the ball hit his bat. After a brief review, the call was confirmed and Encarnacion had his RBI.

In the wild bottom of the eighth, Bogaerts made a tough play on a grounder by Smoak and tried to get the force at second. But Saunders was ruled safe at second, with the umpires feeling Pedroia's foot came off the bag as he fielded the throw. Following a crew-chief review, the replay official couldn't definitively tell if Pedroia's foot maintained contact with the bag and the call stood.

Red Sox: Ace David Price, coming off three consecutive solid outings, starts the finale of this three-game series against the team he finished last season with. Price was 9-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 11 starts with the Blue Jays last year. First pitch is scheduled for 1:07 p.m. ET.
Blue Jays: Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (2-6, 4.60 ERA) will take the mound when the Blue Jays close out their three-game series against Boston on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre. Dickey has faced Boston twice this season and hasn't enjoyed much success. He allowed 11 runs over 9 2/3 innings and took the loss both times.
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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.