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Blue Jays Win In 18th Inning, Beat Texas

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Blue Jays Win In 18th Inning, Beat Texas

AP

The Rangers played 18 innings for the fifth time in their history. They last did it on June 24, 2004, beating Seattle 9-7.

Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis didn't expect to put in a full day's work when he came on as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning.

Three hours and 10 innings later, he sent his team home happy by delivering the winning hit.   

Davis drove in Emilio Bonifacio with a two-out single in the 18th inning and Toronto beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 Saturday in a game that matched the longest in club history for both teams.

"Considering I got in in the eighth and still played a full game, it's pretty remarkable," Davis said. "I think it's the longest game of my career."

The game lasted 5 hours, 28 minutes, making it 3 hours, 20 minutes longer than Friday's meeting between the teams. Texas equaled a season high with its third straight loss.

Having just stood up for a rare 17th inning stretch, only a small fraction of the crowd of 44,079 remained when Bonifacio hit a one-out single in the 18th and took third with two outs on a wild pickoff throw by Ross Wolf (1-1).

Wolf (1-1) was Texas' fifth pitcher and worked 6 2-3 innings, almost as many as starter Yu Darvish, who went seven.

"He did an outstanding job," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Wolf. "That's the prototype for what a long man is supposed to do."

The Rangers played 18 innings for the fifth time in their history. They last did it on June 24, 2004, beating Seattle 9-7.

Toronto led 3-1 heading into the ninth, but the Rangers rallied with two runs off closer Casey Janssen behind a trio of Texas pinch-hitters. Leonys Martin singled, David Murphy walked and A.J. Pierzynski drove in a run with a broken-bat single, then Elvis Andrus tied it with a sacrifice fly.

According to STATS, the last time three Rangers pinch-hitters reached safely was July 15, 1999, against Arizona.

Darvish allowed two earned runs and five hits. He walked three and struck out seven.

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