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Jays' Berti homers in final Fall League game

Prospect goes 3-for-5 with three RBIs, two runs scored for Mesa in tie game
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MESA, Ariz. -- Blue Jays prospect Jon Berti would have liked to give Mesa its second walk-off victory in consecutive days, but it was not meant to be.

With one out and the winning run in scoring position, Berti drew a walk to extend the game, but Glendale and Mesa ultimately played to a 4-4 tie in Thursday's Arizona Fall League finale.

MESA, Ariz. -- Blue Jays prospect Jon Berti would have liked to give Mesa its second walk-off victory in consecutive days, but it was not meant to be.

With one out and the winning run in scoring position, Berti drew a walk to extend the game, but Glendale and Mesa ultimately played to a 4-4 tie in Thursday's Arizona Fall League finale.

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Although Berti wasn't able to win the game, he did leave his mark on it as he went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

"Would have been nice to put a finish there, but I was just sticking to my approach," Berti said. "It was a good day."

Berti, an 18th-round Draft selection in 2011, highlighted the AFL finale with a three-run homer to left in the third inning.

"Got to 3-0, he made a couple nice pitches to get it back to 3-2 and he threw me something I could put a good swing on and fortunately, I did," Berti said.

In 136 games with Double-A New Hampshire, Berti hit .270, but after a strong finish he concluded the AFL hitting .292.

Berti drove in three of Mesa's runs and although he drove himself in once with the homer, he needed a bit of help scoring the second time around.

In the fifth inning Berti reached base with his second hit of the day -- a single -- and scored when Cubs prospect Dan Vogelbach drove a double to deep right center field.

Vogelbach, the Cubs' No. 10 prospect according to MLBpipeline.com and a second-round selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, finished his Fall League season on a five game hitting streak -- three of which were multi-hit games.

Despite the disappointment of failing to reach Saturday's championship game, Berti enjoyed his stint in the AFL and believes it helped him improve as a player.

"It was good, it was a lot of fun," Berti said. "Team played really well. Obviously we would have liked to have been playing in that championship game on Saturday, but it was a lot of fun, enjoyed it."

Now that the AFL has concluded, Berti will step away from the game for a little bit, but it won't be long until he's back at it getting ready for Spring Training.

"Catch up on a little rest and then back at it," Berti said. "Can't take too much time off."

William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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