Blue Jays victorious in 18-inning marathon with Rangers

Rangers vs. Blue Jays

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David Murphy slides across home plate to score the tying run in the ninth inning as J.P. Arencibia of the Toronto Blue Jays waits for the throw on June 8, 2013 at Rogers Centre in Toronto. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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by IAN HARRISON

Associated Press

Posted on June 8, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 8 at 6:25 PM

TORONTO (AP) — Rajai Davis hit a winning single in the 18th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 Saturday in a game that matched the longest in club history for both teams.

The game lasted 5 hours, 28 minutes. Texas equaled a season high with its third straight loss.

Emilio 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).

Davis followed with a bouncing single down the third base line, sending the Blue Jays streaming out of their dugout in celebration and ending a game that started under sunny skies but finished with the stadium lights on.

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

Aaron Loup (3-3), the ninth Toronto pitcher, went one inning for the win.

Adam Lind had four hits as the Blue Jays won their third straight and fourth of five.

This was the fifth time the Rangers have played 18 innings. They last did it on June 24, 2004, beating Seattle 9-7.

Toronto beat the Angels in 18 innings on July 28, 2005, when current Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker earned the win in a 2-1 victory.

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.

The Blue Jays escaped a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the 10th. After Dustin McGowan struck out Jeff Baker, Juan Perez came on and got Martin to line out to right, with Lance Berkman thrown out at home plate to end the inning.

The Blue Jays put runners at second and third with two outs in the 13th but Wolf got Mark DeRosa to ground out.

Andrus walked to begin the 14th, stole second and went to third on Jurickson Profar's sacrifice bunt, but Berkman and Adrian Beltre both grounded out.

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

Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle allowed one run and four hits in seven innings.

Baker homered off Buehrle in the seventh.

NOTES: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said RHP Chien-Ming Wang will start for Toronto in Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox. Wang opted out of his minor league contract with the New York Yankees on Friday to sign with the Blue Jays. ... Beltre extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the second. ... Blue Jays LHP Darren Oliver (shoulder) pitched one scoreless inning for Class A Dunedin on Friday and is expected to be activated off the 15-day DL Sunday or Monday. ... Toronto designated minor league LHP Evan Crawford for assignment to clear a roster spot for McGowan, who was activated off the 60-day DL before the game. ... Gibbons celebrated his 51st birthday.

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