Blue Jays in seventh heaven after wild inning keys win
By Steve Keating
TORONTO (Reuters) - What started out as the inning from hell turned into seventh heaven for the Toronto Blue Jays as they channeled their anger into a four-run burst and a trip to the American League Championship with a 6-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.
With the best-of-five series level at 2-2 a tense game turned during a stormy seventh inning, which had managers and umpires checking the rule book, featured two dugout clearing confrontations, an incensed capacity crowd showering the field with debris and Toronto playing the game under protest.
Jose Bautista then belted a three-run homer to give the Blue Jays a lead they would not surrender.
Things had turned bizarre when Toronto catcher Russell Martin's throw back to the pitcher deflected off Choo Shin-soo's bat and trickled to the infield allowing Roughned Odor to speed home from third to put Texas in front 3-2.
Confusion followed as both managers charged from the dugout to plead their cases to home plate umpire Dale Scott.
As the debate dragged on, the crowd filled the air with jeers and debris, some of which came close to hitting players.
Toronto's John Gibbons argued that Choo had interfered with Martin's throw back to reliever Aaron Sanchez but after a video review the run was confirmed.
"Choo's standing in the batters' box doing what he always does, the play's not dead, the ball was thrown, went off of Choo's hand," said Texas manager Jeff Banister. "It's still a live baseball. That's the rule. Continued...