JOSE’S BAT COMES TO LIFE ...
TORONTO — Ryan Goins singled with the bases loaded to score Ezequiel Carrera and give the Toronto Blue Jays an 8-7 walkoff American League baseball victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.
Carrera started the rally with a one-out single off of Cody Allen (0-1), who issued backto-back walks to Justin Smoak and Steve Pearce.
Goins ripped the first pitch he saw down the right-field line to allow Carrera to trot home from third base. Roberto Osuna (2-0) worked one inning of relief for the win.
Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer and Carrera added a two-run shot for the Blue Jays (13-21), who came back from a four-run deficit to win the rubber game of the three-game set.
It’s the first time this season that Toronto has won consecutive series.
Cleveland (18-15) opened the scoring in the first inning when Jason Kipnis touched up Toronto starter Francisco Liriano for a tworun double.
Bautista answered in the bottom half with his three-run blast.
Kipnis drove in another run in the third inning and Liriano followed with a walk to Edwin Encarnacion to load the bases. Jose Ramirez made it 4-3 with an RBI single that ended Liriano’s night.
Dominic Leone came on with the bases loaded and nobody out and gave up a bases-clearing double to Brandon Guyer, who was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.
The runs were charged to Liriano, who allowed five hits, seven earned runs and three walks. His earned-run average jumped from 4.44 to 6.35.
Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis hits a ground-rule double against the Cleveland Indians in the second inning in Toronto on Wednesday night. Blue Jays won, 8-7.