Blue Jays overcome Rangers in 18-inning affair

Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis (centre) is congratulated by teammates Esmil Rogers (left) and...

Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis (centre) is congratulated by teammates Esmil Rogers (left) and Emillio Bonafacio after driving in the game-winning run to beat the Rangers in the 18th inning at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, June 8, 2013. (FRED THORNHILL/Reuters)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:01 PM ET

TORONTO - Itís not as if John Gibbons and the Blue Jays havenít done this before.

Back in 2005, in Gibbonsí first go-around in Toronto, he led his club to an 18-ining victory over the L.A. Angels here at the Rogers Centre.

Not on his birthday, though.

This time out, having turned 51 on Saturday, Gibbons and the Jays played two against the Texas Rangers, an 18-inning 4-3 victory.

The winning hit was supplied by Rajai Davis, who didnít enter the game until the eighth as a defensive replacement. He never figured on playing 10 innings.

With two out and Emilio Bonifacio at third courtesy of a throwing error by pitcher Ross Wolf, Davis bounded a ball down the third-base line, past Rangersí Jeff Baker and into left field as the Jays erupted in joy and did the celebratory head-banging on Davis crown.


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