TORONTO — 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 Detroit 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.
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Led by a six-inning stint from Chad Jenkins (1-1), Toronto’s bullpen threw 152/3 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 Boston 5-4 on Saturday night.
• Colorado placed outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with left knee tendinitis and a sprained right ankle.
• The Los Angeles Dodgers placed shortstop Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day DL with a strained right rib cage muscle.
• Detroit placed right-handers Joakim Soria (muscle strain, left side) and Anibal Sanchez (strained pectoral muscle) on the 15-day disabled list.