Bautista homers in 13th, Blue Jays escape jam to beat Angels

Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista celebrates his three-run home run in the dugout during the 13th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Saturday
Bautista homers in 13th, Blue Jays escape jam to beat Angels
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27 April, 2017

Skaggs had his ups and downs last season, going 3-4 with a 4.17 ERA in 10 starts.

"Overall we weren't playing great baseball anyway, but you just deal with it", manager John Gibbons said of the injuries, which also include third baseman Josh Donaldson, 20-game victor J.A. Happ and lefty reliever J.P. Howell.

Stroman, the winning pitcher in the World Baseball Classic championship game against Puerto Rico, pitched six one-hit innings in the 8-0 win for the U.S. He is arguably the ace, or at least one of three stout starters, for the Blue Jays, alongside Marco Estrada and J.A. Happ.

That blast to left field was the killer blow that denied the Jays a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time this season and saw their record dip to 4-13.

The Blue Jays are 0-5 in their last five game fours of a series, and 5-1 in their last six versus the American League West. Toronto is also 3-8 in their last 11 road games, and 2-5 in their last six versus a team with a losing record.

The Blue Jays' injury woes continued Saturday when they placed shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the 10-day disabled list.

"You have to deal with it", Gibbons said. We were pretty fortunate the last couple of years, this year it's hitting us, but hopefully it doesn't last too long. He jacked a Casey Lawrence pitch to left-center in the third, with the bases juiced, and giving the Halos a 5-1 lead. The good news is that both are solid defensive replacements.

"We lost this game in a lot of ways earlier", Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

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"I want to get back there as fast as I can but, at the same time, understand my limit and what it can take".

The DL stint for Tulowitzki in combination with Friday's 8-7, 13-inning meat-grinder led to a series of roster moves.

The big middle reliever came to California riding a heavy workload and it was meant to be a night off to rest up.

But the deeper it went, the more the Jays dug in despite the wear and tear and the weariness setting in from a cross-country flight the day before. He gave up a three-run home run in the 13th inning Friday that proved to be the difference.

"I just think it's a big game for us, man", Stroman said when asked about his emotional reactions. "Not only to just be on the team, but to actually be trusted with those opportunities".

"I try and remind myself of how I need to remember this for the rest of my life". What an experience. How many people get to experience something like that, regardless of how it ends up.

Angels slugger Albert Pujols appeared to be most irked, coming out of the dugout and on to the field as the Jays celebrated to point and yell at the demonstrative, diminutive Toronto hurler.

"Momentum was huge in the game, especially after the home run by Pillar", said Kole Calhoun, whose diving catch robbed Jose Bautista of extra bases an inning earlier.


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