Some elements of the first-place Blue Jays’ ninth straight win made it similar to their preceding eight. Edwin Encarnacion, for example, produced a big hit. It wasn’t a homer (he failed to go yard for the first time in four games), but instead a first inning, two-run single off Rays starter Chris Archer that gave Toronto an early lead.
Other parts of the game were more unusual -- specifically its ending. The Rays tied things up at two in the top of the second, on a two-run homer by Wil Myers, and the score stayed at 2-2 until the bottom of the ninth. Dioner Navarro singled off reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo, and then Kevin Pillar pinch ran for him. Then Anthony Gose bunted, and this happened:
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In case you didn’t catch all that, Oviedo fielded the ball -- probably unwisely, as it looked as if it might be headed foul – and threw it past second baseman Sean Rodriguez, who was covering first, and into right field. Myers, out in right, took forever to pick the ball up and Pillar rounded third and headed for home. Myers’ throw was a little up the third base line, allowing Pillar to triumphantly dive headfirst across home and giving Toronto yet another win.