Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Refuse to Lose: Blue Jays Come Back for 10-9 Walkoff Victory over Red Sox

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Refuse to Lose: Blue Jays Come Back for 10-9 Walkoff Victory over Red Sox

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Martin scores winning run in 10-9 Jays win


TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays are finally starting to look a little more like the team that won a division title last season.

Russell Martin drove in the tying run with two outs in the ninth and Devon Travis brought him home with an infield single to give the Blue Jays a wild 10-9 walkoff victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

Boston appeared to have the game in hand but Toronto fought back to tie it with a four-run eighth inning. David Ortiz restored Boston's lead with a solo shot in the ninth but the Blue Jays rallied off closer Craig Kimbrel to extend their winning streak to four games.

"With the potency in our lineup, I feel like no lead is really big enough," Martin said.

Toronto has won seven of its last nine games and is back over the .500 mark at 26-25. The Blue Jays have won three series in a row and the offence is finally starting to click.

Martin, who struggled mightily at the plate over the first six weeks of the season, looks like he's regaining his form. He hit a solo homer in the sixth inning and had his first three-hit game since last October.

"All you can ask for in that opportunity is a chance to get up and to help your team win," Travis said of his teammate. "All game long he was huge for us."

Kimbrel (0-2) got the last two outs in the eighth inning and picked up two quick outs in the ninth. But Justin Smoak kept things going with a single and pinch-runner Ezequiel Carrera stole second and took third on an errant throw.

The sellout crowd of 48,154 at Rogers Centre roared when Martin smacked a pitch to the gap in left-centre field to bring home the tying run.

"That's a good piece of hitting," Kimbrel said. "I left it up and he drove it and I think there are times when you throw bad pitches and guys pop them up, and there are times when you throw good pitches and guys hit line drives. So it was disappointing."

Martin, a Toronto native who grew up in Montreal, took third on a wild pitch and came across when the speedy Travis legged out a single. First baseman Hanley Ramirez couldn't squeeze Travis Shaw's low throw to first base from across the diamond. …

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