TORONTO – Before the game, manager Ron Washington admitted the Texas Rangers weren’t playing up to their capabilities and were in the midst of “a little tailspin.”
It continued for another day. A long day, that is.
The Rangers rallied from a two-run deficit in the top of the ninth, and had a chance to take the lead with the bases loaded and no outs in the 10th against the Blue Jays.
But the Rangers came up empty in the 10th, and the game dragged into the 18th inning before the Jays ended it. Emilio Bonifacio had a one-out single, advanced to third on an errant pickoff throw and scored on Rajai Davis’ single to left for a 4-3 walk-off victory.
The 18 innings matched the longest game in franchise history, done four previous times. The Rangers have lost the first two games of this three-game series, and went 1-for-19 with runners in scoring position on the day.
With the game tied 3-3 going to the 12th, the Rangers turned to reliever Ross Wolf, who worked six scoreless innings. But he couldn’t make it seven straight.
Bonifacio singled to center, and then advanced to third when Wolf’s pickoff throw skipped past Lance Berkman. Davis then delivered the single down the third-base line.
The Rangers had a chance in the top of the 18th. David Murphy led off with a double and A.J. Pierzynski reached on a hit by pitch. With Elvis Andrus up, Murphy was caught in a rundown for the first out. Andrus and Jurickson Profar then bounced into groundouts to end the threat.
The Rangers wasted another opportunity in the 10th. Lance Berkman drew a leadoff walk, Adrian Beltre reached on an error and Nelson Cruz was hit by a pitch. But Jeff Baker struck out and Leonys Martin flew out to right. Berkman tagged on Martin’s ball, but was thrown out easily by Jays rightfielder Jose Bautista.
An inning earlier, the Rangers rallied from a two-run deficit to tie the game. Martin had a one-out single, David Murphy walked and A.J. Pierzynski flared an RBI single into shallow right. Then Elvis Andrus drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Jays had the lead all day after scoring three runs in the third off Rangers starter Yu Darvish. All three runs scored on a two-out, two-run triple by Colby Rasmus, who came home after an errant relay throw by Profar.
Those were the only runs allowed by Darvish, who went seven innings with three walks and seven strikeouts.
Toronto starter Mark Buerhle held the Rangers to one run – a solo homer by Baker in the seventh – over seven innings.
-- Drew Davison