Goins has been clutch with runners in scoring position but he didn’t exactly relish the situation in the ninth inning.
Going to the plate with two out and a chance to drive in the winner, he shuddered at having to face his former teammate, Liriano.
“That’s one guy when I was here I’d tell him I never want to face him,” Goins said of Liriano, who has now been tagged with two losses in his two appearances with his new team. “Then I end up going out there with two outs and luckily I found a hole. That guy’s one of the nastiest in the league, for sure.”
The play wouldn’t have been complete without a brilliant slide from Rob Refsnyder, who had an inkling the way McCann might move from his days when they were teammates in New York.
“Playing with McCann I had a feeling he was going to come across his body,” Refsnyder said. “I just had to try to time it right.”
Goins, meanwhile, improved to .378 with runners in scoring position and has a super clutch 22 RBI with two outs. with Josh Reddick hitting a two-run shot out in the first and Tyler White adding a solo shot in the third … The Jays tied it up in the seventh after Pillar and Darwin Barney led off the inning with singles to put runners on the corners for Jose Bautista. The Jays leadoff hitter brought in Pillar with a ground ball to first that White fired home to catcher McCann who had vacated the plate allowing the equalizer to cross. They couldn’t take the lead however, after Martin grounded into a double play followed by a routine ground out by Josh Donaldson … Though burned with the two home runs, Estrada was at his fly-ball best, allowing just five hits and three earned runs in seven innings.