Blue Jays beat Orioles 5-2 in 11 innings in wildcard game
(The Sports Xchange) - Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 in the American League wildcard game on Tuesday.
The Blue Jays will open the American League Division Series on Thursday against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas.
Baltimore left-hander Brian Duensing struck out Ezequiel Carrera to open the bottom of the 11th. Duensing was then replaced by right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who gave up singles to Devon Travis and Josh Donaldson that put runners at the corners.
Encarnacion then ended the game with the first-pitch home run.
Orioles starter Chris Tillman allowed four hits, one walk and two runs and struck out four in 4 1/3 innings.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman allowed four hits and two runs with six strikeouts in six innings.
Jose Bautista hit a solo homer for Toronto.
Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer for Baltimore.
Blue Jays right-hander Roberto Osuna pitched a perfect top of the ninth before Donaldson led off the bottom of the inning with a double to left against Brad Brach. Continued...