Blue Jays good and lucky against Cardinals

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is interfered with by a fan while tracking a pop up...

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is interfered with by a fan while tracking a pop up against the St. Louis Cardinals at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, June 6, 2014. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

Ken Fidlin, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:25 PM ET

TORONTO - Through this remarkable run by the Toronto Blue Jays in which they have now won 20 of their last 24 games, they have won with big bats, big defence, big arms and some big luck.

Seldom, though, have all those elements come together in one game as they did in Friday’s 3-1 victory over the defending National League champion St. Louis Cardinals.

The Jays got home runs from Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie. Those same two gentlemen delivered game-changing defensive plays in the first inning. Toronto got some clutch pitching, first from Marcus Stroman, who walked a tightrope early on before settling in for six solid innings, then from relievers Brett Cecil and especially Dustin McGowan. At the e there was Casey Janssen, as usual tying it all up in a neat package for his 11th save.

And the luck? Well, they survived a triple play against them. They survived even though they left 13 men on base, including leaving the bases loaded twice. They survived a Steve Bartman-like play in the ninth inning when a fan interfered with Bautista in right field as he was about to make a catch.


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