Wild pitch wins it for Blue Jays in 12th over San Diego
Devon Travis scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 12th inning, as the Toronto Blue Jays came from behind to beat the San Diego Padres, 7-6, in a wild interleague baseball contest Tuesday night.
Travis scored on a wild pitch from San Diego reliever Paul Clemens, who also walked two batters in the final inning. The Blue Jays (5744) also manufactured a run in the seventh inning aided by wildness from the San Diego bullpen, with reliever Brad Hand walking two batters and throwing two wild pitches.
Travis’s run capped a wild 12th inning. A single from Russell Martin and a double from Darwin Barney put the tying runner in scoring position with one out. Travis then worked a 14-pitch walk, after narrowly missing a walk-off home run on the 13th pitch. Jose Bautista then walked, forcing in the first run of the inning for Toronto.
Josh Donaldson hit into a fielder’s choice to tie the game again.
Matt Kemp hit a two-run home run in the top of the 12th inning off of Jesse Chavez (1-2), who ended up picking up the win. Kemp followed up Wil Myers’ two-out double with a blast to left field, the first two hits off of Chavez in his three innings of work.
Justin Smoak and Donaldson both homered for Toronto.
The Blue Jays tied the game in the seventh inning, as San Diego reliever Brad Hand walked two batters on four pitches and threw two wild pitches, allowing Martin to eventually score.
Marcus Stroman had a spotty outing, earning a no-decision. He mostly kept the Padres in check for the first five innings, although many line drives happened to find Blue Jays fielders.
In the sixth, one night after hitting a ball into the Rogers Centre’s fifth deck, Padres left-fielder Alex Dickerson hit a three-run home run to give the Padres a 4-3 lead.
Dickerson’s blast gave the Padres a home run in 24 straight games, the longest streak since 2002, when the Rangers hit a home run in a record 27 straight games.
Stroman allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Melvin Upton Jr., whom the Blue Jays acquired from San Diego earlier in the day, was not in the starting lineup, but pinch hit for Smoak with two runners on base and no outs in the bottom of the seventh. He hit into a fielder’s choice. NOTES: Toronto traded righthanded reliever Drew Storen and cash considerations to the Seattle Mariners for reliever Joaquin Benoit. Storen, 28, was 1-3 with 3 saves and a 6.21 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 38 relief appearances with Toronto this season.