Wild pitch wins it for Blue Jays in 12th over San Diego

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - ERIC KOREEN

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.

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