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Just when it looked like the Los Angeles Dodgers would finally stumble and the Toronto Blue Jays would snap their six-game losing streak, the unthinkable happened.
With two outs in the ninth and Toronto holding a 3-2 lead, Andre Ethier blooped a single into center field that dropped in front of Colby Rasmus. With runner Yasiel Puig moving on the play, Los Angeles appeared to be setting themselves up nicely with a first and third situation with A.J. Ellis due up. However, Rasmus made a huge miscalculation on the play when charging and the ball ended up skipping over his head after taking a big bounce off the Rogers Centre turf. Puig would score on the play standing up, and the door was then opened for Los Angeles to win its tenth in a row on the road and seventh straight overall.
They took full advantage, plating five more runs in the tenth to wrap up the 8-3 win. Mark Ellis and Puig would each homer in the frame. Andre Ethier then capped with a two-run double. And all the while all Blue Jays manager John Gibbons could do was look on helplessly.
The Blue Jays were swept for the second straight series, and have lost a season-high seven consecutive games and 14 of 18.
Toronto led 8-3 after six innings Tuesday before the Dodgers rallied to win 10-9, but manager John Gibbons said this one was even more cruel.
''I thought we were rock bottom last night,'' Gibbons said. ''I guess not.''
I think that says it all.
Backward baseball: In life, you have to crawl before you can walk, and walk before you can run. In baseball, typically you have to hit before you score a run, but apparently that’s not true in the case of the Seattle Mariners. For the second time in five days, the Mariners actually scored a run before they had the benefit of a base hit. The only difference is, this time the result went as you’d expect, with the Cleveland Indians blowing them out 10-1 behind Scott Kazmir.
On Saturday, Seattle managed four runs on only one hit — Michael Saunders’ two-run double in the seventh. On Wednesday, they ended up with two hits, but their only tally came in the second inning after Kendrys Morales walked leading off and Asdurbal Cabrera committed a two-out error that allowed the run to score from first. Even with their struggles, they were able to hang in the game until the sixth, but Michael Bourn’s first career grand slam helped turn it into a laugher for Cleveland.
A’s 4, Astros 3: A much calmer ninth inning for Oakland than what they experienced on Tuesday. Ryan Cook earns the save with Grant Balfour unavailable.
Angels 1, Twins 0: In his first home start against the Minnesota Twins since no-hitting them on May 2, 2012, Jered Weaver allowed only two hits over eight shutout innings to earn his fifth victory.
Pirates 4, Nationals 2: Francisco Liriano gets the duke over Stephen Strasburg with 7 2/3 scoreless innings.
Rays 5, Red Sox 1: Complete game gem from David Price.
Rangers 3, Yankees 1: Matt Garza made an instant impact, allowing only one unearned run in 7 1/3.
Tigers 6, White Sox 2: No Miguel Cabrera, no problem. Prince Fielder, Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter each homered for Detroit.
Royals 4, Orioles 3: Eric Hosmer tied it with a two-run homer in the eighth. Alcides Escobar won it with an RBI double in the ninth.
Brewers 3, Padres 1: All-Star Carlos Gomez goes 4 for 4 with two RBIs.
Cardinals 11, Phillies 3: Jake Westbrook had three hits in his last start and notched a stolen base on Wednesday. As you may have guessed, he was the winning pitcher in both.
Rockies 2, Marlins 1: Through three games, Miami is outscoring Colorado 8-5 in the series. They're not playing in Miami, either.
Cubs 7, Diamondbacks 6 (12 inn.): Chicago blew a 6-0 fifth inning lead but still managed to deal Arizona a big setback in extras.
Reds 8, Giants 3: Odd line of the night: Mike Leake allowed a career-high 12 hits over six innings but only one run.
''It's something that I prepared myself for last night and the days leading up to it. So it definitely was a little emotional and the fans really knew about it too which was pretty special. I just went out there and threw a good ball game as best I could and gave my team a chance to win. Unfortunately it was a tough one.''
— Bud Norris on potentially pitching his final game in front of the home fans in Houston.
They could really use a new hero in Milwaukee.
• The Dodgers have won 10 straight road games for the first time since 1955. (via ESPN Stats & Info)
• This is the 27th day in a row the Texas Rangers have failed to gain ground in the AL West. During that span, they have gone from a half-game lead to three games behind the Oakland A's.
• David Price is the first visiting pitcher to throw a complete game with fewer than 100 pitches at Fenway Park since Chien-Ming Wang in 2008. (via ESPN Stats & Info)