MLB: Jays edge out Tigers in thriller; Royals whip Giants

August 12, 2014 - 12:00:00 am
Atlanta Braves’ Emilio Bonifacio (right) safely steals second base past Washington Nationals’ shortstop Ian Desmond during the ninth inning at Turner Field in Atlanta, yesterday.

 

NEW YORK: First baseman Jose Bautista singled to right field with the bases loaded and none out in the 19th inning as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 in an exciting game.

Right-hander Rick Porcello (13-7), usually a starter for the Tigers, entered the game in the bottom of the 17th and took the loss.

It was Toronto’s longest ever game (six hours and 37 minutes) and the first time they had played 19 innings.

It was the second day in a row that the Blue Jays (63-56) tied the Tigers (63-52) in the ninth and won in extra innings as they took the rubber match of the three-game series.

Right fielder Nori Aoki reached base four times, swiped three bases and scored two runs as the rampaging Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants in style.

Centre fielder Jarrod Dyson went 3-for-3 and also stole three bases as the Royals won their seventh straight game, and 10th of 11, to move within half a game of divisional leader Detroit in the American League Central, after an impressive show in the season so far..

The Giants have lost 12 of 17 to fall 4.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw clinched his 14th win of the season and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers.

Kershaw (14-2) gave up six hits over eight innings but the Brewers were left to rue what might have been if not for three base-running gaffes. REUTERS

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