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The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - GRE­GORY STRONG

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.

NATHAN DENETTE, THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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.

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