Jays outlast Tigers in longest game in club history

Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Steve Tolleson (18) tags out Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick...

Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Steve Tolleson (18) tags out Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos (9) during the fifth inning in a game at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI AGENCY

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Seated behind home plate at the Rogers Centre Sunday was an elderly couple with matching white Blue Jay shirts with script on the back that read: “Together Since 1951.”

By game’s end it must have seemed to them that they had met just before the first pitch, after they had witnessed the longest game in Blue Jay history, either by innings or time.

Just six hours and 37 minutes (and 19 innings) after Mark Buehrle threw the first pitch, Jose Bautista singled home Munenori Kawasaki from third base to give the Blue Jays a 6-5 victory in a game they trailed 5-0.

Bautista may have been the man of the moment but the real heroes of this one were the bullpens of both teams. Buehrle lasted just 3.1 innings but the seven-man Toronto relief corps racked up 15.2 scoreless innings, highlighted by Chad Jenkins’ six-inning tour de force that earned him the win.

 


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