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By The Sports Xchange September 4, 2013 8:21 PM
Willie Bloomquist's one-out single in the last of the 10th inning gave the Diamondbacks a 4-3 victory over Toronto on Wednesday at Chase Field. It was the Diamondbacks' 13th walk-off victory of the season. They are 10-0 in extra-inning games on travel days. "That's an incredible record. We've been good in extra innings, period. It makes you feel good when you get there -- very, very confident," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. Eric Chavez singled with one out in the 10th inning off Luis Perez (0-1) and pinch-runner Eaton took third on A.J. Pollock's single to right field off Jeremy Jeffress to bring up Bloomquist, who swung through a 99 mph fastball before lining a single to center field. "I knew he had a good arm, but I hadn't seen that in awhile. I thought I have to start a little sooner on the next one. Fortunately I got a good pitch to hit and was able to get the good part of the bat on it," said Bloomquist, who had three hits. "Obviously we'd like to get it done in nine, but if it takes longer it takes longer. As long as we come out on top, that's the important thing." The Diamondbacks (70-68) broke a three-game losing streak with their major league-high 30th victory in one-run games. They also have 31 victories in their last at-bat and 39 comeback victories. They are 16-5 in extra innings and tied a franchise record for extra-inning games in a season. "Bloomquist barreled up a 100 mph fastball and that's not easy to do," Toronto manager john Gibbons said. "I was with Bloomy in K.C. and the guy's just a winner. If you're going to win, you need guys like him. He can play anywhere, he'll get after you. He'll do anything to win." Brett Lawrie singled to left field to open the top of the 10th inning against Will Harris (3-0) before pinch-hitter Adam Lind grounded into a one-out double play. Diamondbacks pitchers faced the minimum 28 batters after Randall Delgado gave up three runs in the first inning. The Blue Jays had two singles later, but both runners were erased on double-play grounders. Rajai Davis hit his second home run in as many games for Toronto (64-75). "Delgado really settled in after we put up three on him. He started locating his pitches, limited his mistakes. The shot by Rajai, you leave the ball up and the ball flies here," Gibbons said. Perez was making his first appearance since July 8, 2012. He made six minor league appearances after spending most of the season on the disabled list while rehabbing a partially torn left ulnar collateral ligament. Jeffress made his second appearance of the season. Both were added when rosters expanded Tuesday. Jose Reyes had two hits for the Blue Jays (64-76), who had won seven of their last nine games. Reyes singled and scored on Edwin Encarnacion's ground-rule double down the left field line in the first inning off Delgado. Davis hit his fourth homer with two outs to make it 3-0. Delgado gave up one hit, an infield single by Reyes in the sixth, but Reyes was erased on a double play. Delgado threw first-pitch strikes to 20 of the 26 batters he faced. "I try to make the game faster, make it quick. Just try to keep a rhythm," Delgado said. Matt Davidson and Miguel Montero had run-scoring doubles for Arizona off Mark Buehrle in the second inning to make it 3-2, and Chavez hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to set up extra innings. Buehrle gave up three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. He had won his last six decisions covering eight starts. "A good outing. It was just one of those games," Gibbons said. NOTES: Toronto OF Jose Bautista (left hip) will be shut down for the rest of the season, Gibbons said. "He's healing up. It's still not where it needs to be," Gibbons said. "There was a thought a week, 10 days to come back, but the doctor said it makes no sense at all. It was kind of wishful thinking." ... Arizona SS Chris Owings will get some playing time down the stretch, Gibson said. "You want to find out what he can do, for sure," Gibson said. Owings was the Pacific Coast League MVP and Rookie of the Year after hitting .330 with 12 homers and 81 RBIs at Reno this season. ... Arizona 1B Paul Goldschmidt and Toronto RHP Kyle Drabek were summer travel league teammates growing up in The Woodlands, a Houston suburb.