After blown save, Blue Jays beat Twins on walkoff

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar is mobbed by teammates after hitting a walkoff single...

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar is mobbed by teammates after hitting a walkoff single against the Minnesota Twins at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, June 9, 2014. (AFP)

Mike Rutsey, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:29 PM ET

TORONTO - The double play had been the Toronto Blue Jays’ friend all night.

On three occasions the Jays held the Minnesota Twins at bay thanks to some nifty twin killings Monday.

In the ninth inning, though, a fourth Blue Jays double play that wasn’t almost turned into a killer.

With one out, a runner on first and the Jays leading 4-2, Trevor Plouffe hit a sharp grounder to third base that was gobbled up by Brett Lawrie. His throw to second was quick and on the mark, but in making the transfer second baseman Steve Tolleson couldn’t get a grip on the ball and his no-throw allowed Plouffe to reach first and give the Twins a life.

A bloop RBI double by Kurt Suzuki that fell in front of a charging Kevin Pillar and a following bloop RBI double by Eduardo Escobar that fell just out of the reach of Lawrie allowed the Twins to tie the game 4-4 and hand Casey Janssen his second blown save of the season.

The Jays would shake that off and win in walkoff fashion in their half of the inning on a RBI single to right field from Pillar that scored pinch runner Erik Kratz from second base for a 5-4 victory.


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