Blue Jays' late-game choke leads to costly loss to Tigers

Rajai Davis of the Detroit Tigers makes a sliding catch to end the game in the ninth inning against...

Rajai Davis of the Detroit Tigers makes a sliding catch to end the game in the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 8, 2014 at Rogers Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images/AFP)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:09 PM ET

This is the series where the dream is supposed to die, where hope goes swirling down the drain.

After losing five of their previous six, the Toronto Blue Jays were expected to get steamrolled by the Detroit Tigers mainly because of the trio of starters they would have to face.

But a cruel thing happened on the way to the slaughterhouse.

Leading 4-2 in the ninth inning and three outs to go, the Jays turned the ball over to Casey Janssen.

The right-handed closer had gone 18-for-20 in save situations this season and was facing the bottom of the lineup.

Instead of a save and a victory, disaster struck.

J.D. Martinez opened with a double and, one out later, Nick Castellanos ripped the first pitch he saw into the seats in left field to tie the game.

The shock had not even worn off when, two pitches later, Eugenio Suarez, the No. 9 hitter in the Tigers’ lineup, slammed a go-ahead home run to centre.


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