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Blue Jays beat Tigers 6-5 in 19-inning marathon

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 10, 2014 at 8:09 pm •  Published: August 10, 2014
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TORONTO (AP) — As fans filed out of Rogers Centre following the longest game in Toronto Blue Jays history, Lionel Richie's "All Night Long" played over the sound system.

For a while, it looked like the "day" game might just go all night.

Jose Bautista's single in the 19th inning drove home the winning run as the Blue Jays rallied from a 5-0 deficit to beat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 on Sunday.

"It was a long day today and coming out on top is the only thing that matters," Bautista said.

Munenori Kawasaki singled off Rick Porcello (13-7) to begin the 19th and advanced to third when second baseman Ian Kinsler couldn't field an errant throw from Porcello on Jose Reyes' sacrifice bunt. Melky Cabrera was intentionally walked to load the bases for Bautista, who ended it with a single to right over the drawn-in outfield, sending his teammates streaming out of the dugout in celebration.

Porcello, who threw 110 pitches over seven innings against the Yankees on Thursday, and tossed a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday, worked two-plus innings out of the bullpen as the Tigers used eight pitchers.

Porcello called the grounds crew out to work on the mound in the 17th because he was struggling with his landing spot on the well-worn dirt.

"The holes were so big," Porcello said. "I couldn't really get any kind of footing, I was falling on every pitch. There was nowhere to move around on the rubber. It was one big crater."

Led by a six-inning stint from Chad Jenkins (1-1), Toronto's bullpen threw 15 2-3 innings of scoreless relief. The Blue Jays also used eight pitchers.

"I was just out of gas," Jenkins said. "I haven't thrown six innings all year."

It was the second 19-inning game in as many days. The Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Saturday night. The last time there were two 19-inning games in the same month was July 1985.

Toronto had twice played 18 innings, doing it against the Angels on July 28, 2005, and Texas on June 8, 2013.

At 6:37, it was the longest game by time in Blue Jays history, easily surpassing a 5:57 game against the Yankees on April 19, 2001.

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