Remember when the Toronto Blue Jays joined the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels as this season’s biggest MLB busts? After fans were getting second thoughts of fielding a team that represented players from the New York Mets and Miami Marlins, the Blue Jays have shot up the charts and join a wild battle in the American League East.
Toronto defeated the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night, 7-6, after pinch-hitter Rajai Davis hit a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth.
Davis came to the plate with runners on second and third with two outs and right-hander Pedro Strop on the mound. The count went to 1-1 before Davis lined a shot over the head of Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy. That capped a dramatic comeback as Davis got his second walk-off hit this month after a single vs. Texas on June 8.
The Blue Jays came back from a 6-4 deficit in the seventh inning to win. What boosted the comeback were three home runs hit by the Blue Jays, including Edwin Encarnacion hitting his 20th long ball of the season in the sixth inning off of Jason Hammel. Munenori Kawasaki, who’s averaging a .261 batting average, hit his first home run of the season.
After the victory and the Boston Red Sox’s win over the Detroit Tigers, the AL East now has all five teams with a .500 record or better, and every team is within seven games of the lead.