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Melvin Upton: Melvin Upton has jack and a bag to lead Jays

Elettra Stolfi | 11 Settembre, 2016, 15:16

In games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more, the Blue Jays are 4-4.

The Boston Red Sox center fielder proved as much in the sixth inning of Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Blue Jays: Martin returned after leaving Wednesday's game and sitting out Friday with a sore left knee.

As for the Toronto Blue Jays (who almost became the Toronto Giants prior to being awarded their own expansion franchise in 1976, the same year that real estate magnate/philanthropist Bob Lurie bought the Giants), they won their first American League East Division title in 1985 before blowing a 3-1 series lead to the eventual World Series' Champion Kansas City Royals. Travis broke for third and was initially ruled safe but, on a replay review, he was declared out. You can't jump ship and lose confidence in somebody at the first sign of trouble. "We've just got to find a way to win no matter what, whether it's a close game or a high-scoring game". Just remember the winning, it's not about individuals, it's about the team. It was just nice to get everybody together to talk about it and get back on the same page. "But I mean, that's not going to happen every day".

Jose Bautista followed with a bloop single that gave Toronto a 3-0 lead.

Coming into September, the Jays had a two-game lead over the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. "I think we had a general good feeling about it so it was a fun game". There was one in Houston early last month when, in the bottom of the ninth inning, Martin lunged over a waist-high railing, glove extended, and ended up fully upside down, a pair of Astros coaches the only thing stopping him from face planting on the dugout floor.

Young fouled out to right and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a sacrifice fly to right that Bautista hauled in at the wall to cut the Toronto lead to 3-2.

Rodriguez finished six innings while allowing three runs, two earned, and striking out five.

Eduardo Rodriguez posted his seventh quality start. That said, I like the Red Sox to get the finale victory, as Toronto simply hasn't been playing all that well.

The outcome was also a big relief for Melvin Upton Jr., although sometimes it is hard to tell. After Tulowitzki skied a pop-up to left the field for the first out, Upton swung through a strike, looked at a ball, then pounded the next pitch he saw on a line into the left-field seats for his 20th homer of the season and his fourth as a Blue Jay to give Toronto a 2-0 lead.

Bautista added to that lead with a single in the third inning to cash in Josh Donaldson. He got some luck also in the first as Edwin Encarnacion hit a sharp groundball up the middle that ricocheted off Rodriguez and right to Aaron Hill to get the out. The first could have been caught by a player with good range, the second should have been caught, but the Red Sox had runners at the corners with none out and the go-ahead run up and it was the end of Happ's day. He didn't make the play but managed to slow his fall into the dugout by hanging on to the roof of the enclosure with one hand.

"Two guys who took a lot of heat last night came through for us", manager John Gibbons said.

Pedroia responded for Boston in the first at bat of the sixth inning. The Blue Jays have a 0-3 record when opponents score that many runs or more.

There was another at Rogers Centre on August 14 - also against the Astros - when Martin laid out on the visitor's railing to catch a ball headed into Houston's home base, rolling over onto his back along the ledge so as not to crack his skull off the wooden bench at the top of the dugout's stairs. Osuna earned his 31st save of the season.

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