Navarro's near miss the turning point in loss

Navarro's near miss the turning point in loss

TORONTO -- Dioner Navarro was left to wonder what might have been in the Blue Jays' 5-3 loss to the Orioles at Rogers Centre on Saturday.

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With two away in the eighth inning and the game deadlocked at 2, Navarro got a hold of a fastball with the bases loaded and sent it deep into the second deck in right field. The only problem was, the ball hooked foul at the last second -- something confirmed after a review that lasted 1 minute, 14 seconds. He struck out on the next pitch.

That's the kind of day it was for Toronto.

Gibbons on 8th inning

"I knew when I hit it, it was just a matter of being fair or foul. And it kinda hooked at the last second," Navarro said. "It's just all part of the game."

That lost eighth inning was the Blue Jays' best chance to put away the Orioles. With Baltimore reliever Darren O'Day in to start the frame, the Blue Jays rattled off back-to-back singles and walk, loading the bases with no outs. On any other day, the normally potent Toronto offense would've been almost a sure bet to score at least once. But the day belonged to O'Day, who went on to fan three straight Blue Jays hitters to escape the threat -- setting the table for a ninth-inning rally that swung the game to the visitors.

O'Day escapes bases-loaded jam

Navarro said that while O'Day was locating his pitches well, the Blue Jays should've cashed in on what turned out to be a crucial missed opportunity.

"We let him off the ropes. He made good pitches after he [allowed] that foul ball, good sinker down and away," Navarro said. "He did his job, we didn't do ours."

O'Day said putting himself in such a tight situation in the first place wasn't ideal, but the key to getting out of that dicey eighth was to remain calm.

"[It was] just kind of knowing I've been there before," said O'Day. "There's really no secret, just got to focus on each pitch. And when you do that, when you can stay in the moment and focus on the next pitch, next pitch, you can kind of string them together."

Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.