Davis' walk-off caps resurgent day for offense

Davis' walk-off caps resurgent day for offense

Davis' walk-off caps resurgent day for offense
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' offense emerged from its recent slumber to help turn things around on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

Toronto's bats seemingly went into hibernation for the past two weeks, but awoke at the right time to record a dramatic come-from-behind victory.

Rajai Davis was responsible for the final blow, as he delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning to send the Blue Jays to a 6-5 win over Philadelphia in front of 42,070 fans at Rogers Centre.

"I was expecting to get that opportunity to win it in the end, coming up fourth in that inning," said Davis, whose team improved to 3-4 in extra-inning games this season. "Just needed one person to get on base, but I was ready for the opportunity -- and fortunately I was able to take advantage."

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Saturday marked just the second time in nine games that the Blue Jays have scored more than three runs in a game. The lack of offense has been the main contributor to a winning percentage below .500 (6-8) during the month of June.

For a while, it looked like the offensive woes would continue to be a problem against the Phillies. The Blue Jays entered the bottom of the eighth inning trailing, 5-2, with left-handed starter Cliff Lee still on the mound for Philadelphia.

Jose Bautista led off the frame with a walk and later advanced to third base on a single by Edwin Encarnacion. While the ball was being thrown back into the infield, Encarnacion attempted to take second base. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins' throw went wide of the bag and sailed into right field, which allowed both Bautista and Encarnacion to score on the play.

Encarnacion actually ran through a stop sign from third-base coach Brian Butterfield. But in the end, the move paid off -- as he easily beat the throw from right field to bring his team within one run.

"When I saw the stop sign, I [began] looking at the ball," Encarnacion said. "When I saw the ball, [the fielder] was still getting it, and I think, 'I got the time, he has no chance to get me out there.'"

Lee departed after a single to center field by Kelly Johnson, but Toronto's rally didn't stop there. David Cooper singled and J.P. Arencibia followed with a game-tying RBI double down the third-base line. Lee, who also surrendered a solo home run to Yunel Escobar in the second, was charged with all five runs on 12 hits, while striking out three.

Philadelphia's starter is still searching for his first victory of the season, despite recording a quality start in seven of his 11 outings this year.

"I can only control what I can control. I'm not going to get frustrated," Lee said. "Obviously, I would like to have more wins. I would like for us to win more, period. What's the point in getting frustrated about it? All I can control is what I can control, make pitches and that's it. It's really simple."

The Blue Jays failed to seal the deal in the ninth inning, but didn't come up short when presented with a second chance in the 10th. Escobar led off the inning by drawing a walk off Philadelphia left-hander Joe Savery. He would later advance to second on a balk and then to third on a grounder by Mike McCoy.

Arencibia then struck out, which put Davis in a position of needing to come through with two outs. Davis quickly fell behind 0-2, but then drove a slider into the gap in left-center field.

"It looked like a hanging breaking ball to me," Davis said. "It looked like a mistake that I was able to put a good swing on and find the gap."

The late production by the offense allowed Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero to escape without the loss. Romero surrendered one run in the first, but the biggest blow came two innings later.

Toronto's No. 1 starter retired the first two batters he faced and then proceeded to allow a pair of singles. That set the table for John Mayberry Jr., who proceeded to send a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left for a three-run shot.

Romero then settled into a bit of a groove before having to depart after six innings because of a high pitch count. He was charged with four runs on seven hits, while walking one and striking out three.

The 27-year-old has now allowed at least four runs in five consecutive starts. Despite the numbers, he hasn't lost since May 13. But Romero also appears to have solved some of his control problems from earlier in the season, as he has walked two men or fewer in four consecutive outings.

"I felt great, made one bad pitch," Romero said. "Two outs, you can't let that happen, you have to shut down the inning quick. I hung that curveball and it barely went over. But other than that, all you can ask for is to go out there and grind out whatever you can.

"I was happy that I was able to do that, and fortunate enough it worked out for us and we were able to get the win. Sticks came along against a tough Cliff Lee, who was tough pretty much all game until that one inning. Just happy that we won."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.