Molina gives Jays walk-off win

Somewhere in the middle of that mob is Jose Molina, who gave the Blue Jays a walk-off win in the...

Somewhere in the middle of that mob is Jose Molina, who gave the Blue Jays a walk-off win in the ninth inning against the Yankees in Toronto, Ont., Sep. 16, 2011. (FRED THORNHILL/Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:13 AM ET

TORONTO - Jose Molina’s drive to right-centre field skipped on the carpet and bounced and bounced.

Brett Lawrie raced round third, touched the plate and tossed his helmet giving the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-4 ninth-inning walk-off win over the New York Yankees before 29,323 fans at the Rogers Centre Friday night.

At the same instant Lawrie scored, inside the Jays dugout it looked as if the a running of England’s Grand National Steeplechase horse race had begun.

Out of the dugout players charged wearing their black Jays hoodies and jackets, hats riding low. The large field sprinted in joy trying to catch a man named Molina.

Ricky Romero, on the outside, had the easiest path reaching Molina near second base.

Romero bumped Molina in mid-air, a move usually reserved for the outfielders after the final out of the game.

Then, players playfully ripped Molina’s jersey top out from his belt.

Someone asked Molina afterward if being attacked and pounded by teammates felt good.

“Always,” said Molina.

How many walk-off hits is that for you?

“One?” said Molina, who provided the Jays with their 11th walk-off and 36th come-from behind win of the year. “I don’t know.”

CECIL FAIL

At game's end, one Jay raced out of the dugout at full speed, reached the foul line and went down as if shot.

“Brett Cecil,” explained witness J.P. Arencibia, “he tripped over my foot,”

Fitting in a way, since Cecil was supposed to start Friday. But he went 0-1 against a blender’s blades in the Fenway Park clubhouse Wednesday and had to be scratched due to a cut on his left index finger.

“This is the same guy who wants me to go hunting with him this off-season,” said reliever Shawn Camp of Cecil. “Maybe ... if he walks in front of me,”

Cecil’s pratfall has been captured on video, ready for in-depth analysis with comedic, play-by-play commentary by other Jays Saturday morning.

BACK IN ACTION

Adam Lind, who has been used sparingly by the Jays since being hit in the hand by Oakland A's starter Gio Gonzalez in August, was asked before the game if he would be playing. “My hand’s about the same, I think they wanted to give me time off,” he said of his time on the bench ... Lind’s right hand looked healthy as he hit a three-run double in the fifth off Yankees ace CC Sabathia and opened the ninth pulling a double to right against lefty Boone Logan ... “They could have been resting me because I didn’t do anything for almost a month, maybe it was like a benching” ... Twice the Jays had double-play chances behind starter Dustin McGowan in the fourth and didn’t turn either. Working a shift on Mark Teixeria, third baseman Lawrie fielded the ground ball but then was left with a long toss to second and was high to shortstop Mike McCoy ... Next came a ground ball from Robinson Cano to first baseman Lind, who leapt, came down with the ball, checked to see if he had the ball in his glove and threw to second. Cano beat out the return throw from McCoy ... “I looked because the crowd roared, I thought I’d missed it,” said Lind ... Lind put the Jays ahead in the fifth with his two-out, bases-loaded double to the wall in left on a 1-0 pitch from Sabathia. He cleared the bases, giving him 83 RBIs and putting the Jays up 4-3.

IN GAME

The Jays messed up two bunt attempts late in the game. Colby Rasmus bunted straight to Logan, who threw to third for the force out on pinch runner Adam Loewen in the ninth. McCoy also struck out looking in the eighth ... The Jays out hit the Yankees 13-5 thanks to three hits from Kelly Johnson ... Casey Janssen was impressive with a scoreless eighth and ninth for the win (5-0), retiring all six batters he faced ... Jesse Litsch took over from McGowan in the sixth with a one-run lead, got two quick outs and then allowed a Cano double and a run-scoring single by Nick Swisher to tie the score ... In the fourth, Swisher hit a run-scoring double to right, erasing McGowan’s 1-0 lead. Then Eric Chavez hit a 3-1, two-run homer to centre giving the Yankees a 4-1 lead ... Toronto's Jose Bautista showed a strong arm from right cutting down Cano who was trying for a double in the second ... Bautista singled against Sabathia in the first, ending an 0-for-19 skid against the lefty ... Yankees manager Joe Girardi elected to walk Bautista intentionally with runners on first and third in the eighth. The strategy worked as the next batter, Edwin Encarnacion, flied to deep right ... McGowan pitched five innings for the first time since July 2, 2008.

CCMA REVIEWS

Noted country music fans Arencibia of Miami, Fla., and Lawrie from Langley, B.C., attended the Canadian Country Music awards in Hamilton, Ont., before heading to Boston for this week’s two-game series ... The top performers according to Arencibia were Johnny Reid and Luke Bryan ... According to Lawrie, Ronnie Dunn (formerly of Brooks and Dunn), Bryan, Gord Bamford (who sings Baseball Glove with the lyric “All I want from Santa is ... A genuine cowhide Rawlings Pro Special ... One autographed by Roy Halladay”) and Paul Brandt.”

BRIEFLY

Jays legend Joe Carter greeted Toronto manager John Farrell with “Hello Cowboy” before the game. They were teammates with the Cleveland Indians ... Jacques Doucet, on the Ford C. Frick ballot with the late Tom Cheek, and Roger Brulotte of french-language TVA telecast the game Friday, one of 12 games this year and 60 next season. Both were long-time compadres in the booth for Montreal Expos games ... Mike Silva has the latest on Keith Law’s review of the movie Moneyball and author Michael Lewis’ response (http://nybaseballdigest.com/?p=39905).


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