Jose Bautista lifts Blue Jays past Tigers in 19 innings

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Jose Bautista hit a walkoff RBI single in the 19th inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers in the finale of a three-game series Sunday at Rogers Centre.

Bautista smacked a 1-1 offering from Rick Porcello to score Munenori Kawasaki and give the Blue Jays (63-56) a series victory in the longest game in franchise history.

Chad Jenkins (1-1) got the win after pitching the last six innings of the game for the Blue Jays, who used eight pitchers in the game. Starter Mark Buehrle was chased from the game after only 3 1/3 innings, over which he gave up nine hits and five runs (two earned).

Porcello (13-7), a starter who came in as reliever after the Tigers bullpen was used up, took the loss for the Tigers (63-52).

Tigers starter David Price lasted six innings, giving up four runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts.

The Tigers looked to put it out of reach as they took a 5-0 lead into the sixth inning.

However, the Blue Jays put up a pair of runs in the sixth and seventh, and they added one in the ninth to knot the game at 5.

There were several close calls along the way in extras that could have tipped the game in Detroit’s favor.

Colby Rasmus made a diving catch in center field in the top of the 19th, robbing Bryan Holaday of extra bases.

Rasmus pulled in a deep fly ball from Miguel Cabrera at the wall with one away in the top of the 18th.

Reliever Jenkins escaped a bases-loaded situation the top of the 16th by inducing a grounder from Torii Hunter that led to an inning-ending double play.

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