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Toronto Blue Jays Walk-Off Orioles To Win AL Wild Card

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It took eleven innings for the Toronto Blue Jays to beat the Baltimore Orioles in the American League wild card game on Tuesday.

The Blue Jays started Marcus Stroman while the Orioles countered with Chris Tillman. Stroman began the game by throwing 3 perfect innings and ended up tossing six innings of 2-run baseball.

Jose Bautista helped his pitcher out by hitting a solo home run in the 2nd inning. The score remained 1-0 Blue Jays until Mark Trumbo lined a 2-run home run down the left field line to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the 4th inning.

After back-to-back doubles in the 5th, Blue Jays Ezequiel Carrera singled home a run to tie the game at 2. The game remained 2-2 until the 11th when Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion belted a 443-foot 3-run home run into the seats to beat the Orioles 5-2.

That home run would not have been possible without the wonderful performance of the Blue Jays bullpen. After Stroman exited after 6 innings, a combination of five Blue Jays pitchers tossed five no-hit innings. During those five innings, the Orioles had only one baserunner. That baserunner reached via walk issued by Brett Cecil.

While Francisco Liriano earned the win, starter Marcus Stroman pitched 6 innings and allowed only 4 hits, and 2 earned runs while striking out 6 Baltimore hitters. Orioles starter Chris Tillman also allowed 4 hits and 2 earned runs but only made it through 4.1 innings before being pulled.

This game was ironic for the Orioles who have hit more home runs than any other team in the majors. The one thing that carried them this far was ultimately the thing that sent them home.

The Blue Jays will face the Texas Rangers in the ALDS which starts on Thursday, October 6th. The game will be aired on TBS and will start at 4:30pm eastern time.