Phoenix, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Willie Bloomquist hit a walk-off RBI single in the 10th to carry the Arizona Diamondbacks to a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday at Chase Field.
Bloomquist smacked Jeremy Jeffress’ 1-2 pitch to right center, plating pinch-runner Adam Eaton for the game-winning score that helped the Diamondbacks (70-68) avoid a sweep and end a three-game losing skid.
Matt Davidson and Miguel Montero delivered run-scoring doubles in the second inning while Eric Chavez hit an RBI sacrifice in the seventh to erase the Blue Jays’ early three-run advantage.
Randall Delgado pitched seven strong frames, allowing three runs on four hits with no walk and six strikeouts for a no-decision. Will Harris (3-0) pitched a scoreless tenth to earn the victory.
Veteran Mark Buehrle got a three-run lead in the first inning behind Edwin Encarnacion’s RBI double and Rajai Davis’ two-run homer but squandered it by allowing three runs – two earned – with two walks and four strikeouts in 6 1/3 frames.
Luis Perez (0-1) got the loss after giving up a single to Chavez that turned out to be the game-winning run.
Aside from the loss, the Blue Jays (64-76) also received another bad news when the team announced that right fielder Jose Bautista will be shut down for the rest of the season.
The 32-year-old Bautista has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left femur, near the top of the leg.
The Blue Jays expect Bautista to be completely healed long before the club opens camp next spring in Florida.
However, Bautista admitted that he was frustrated with not being able to finish a season for the second straight year.
“It’s really tough, I’m one of those players that takes a lot of pride in working out hard and coming in really good shape in the offseason,” said Bautista, who finished 2013 batting .259 with 28 homers, 73 RBIs and an .856 OPS.
Last season, Bautista was sidelined early when he underwent wrist surgery in August.