Rasmus, Bautista rally Blue Jays past Crew

Rasmus, Bautista rally Blue Jays past Crew

Rasmus, Bautista rally Blue Jays past Crew
MILWAUKEE - Jesse Chavez hasn't spent much time around the Blue Jays this season.

Called into duty on Tuesday because of injuries to three starting pitchers, Chavez, who has spent most of the year with Triple-A Las Vegas, made just his second appearance with the team and his first Major League start.

But after going just 2 2/3 innings before eventually getting bailed out by six Toronto home runs -- including back-to-back solo shots by Colby Rasmus and Jose Bautista in the top of the ninth -- on the way to a 10-9 win over the Brewers, Chavez proved it doesn't take a seasoned veteran to appreciate what the club has been able to do lately.

"This team's word is resilience," Chavez said. "They never get down, they never give up and they always keep fighting."

Twice, the Blue Jays took the lead in the top of an inning on Tuesday only to fall behind by more than two runs in the bottom half. Twice, however, led by two sets of back-to-back homers by Rasmus and Bautista, they were able to come back and escape with their first win in Milwaukee since 1996.

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"I think that's just the fight we have in us," said Rasmus, whose two home runs were his only hits of the night. "From Spring Training, we just try to keep that thing going and not let anything beat us down. I think that helped us out tonight."

Toronto's first rally came in the top of the sixth, with the Blue Jays trailing 4-2, and started with Rasmus' first home run of the night. Three pitches later, Bautista delivered his first homer on a 2-1 count to even the score at 4-4. The next batter, Edwin Encarnacion, hit his second home run in as many games, giving the Blue Jays back-to-back-to-back home runs for the sixth time in franchise history and the first time since April 9, 2005, against Boston.

Rasmus -- hitting second in what has been a lethal top of the order for Toronto of late -- said being part of such an offensive explosion was surreal.

"You just hope the dream don't end, you know?" Rasmus said. "I just hope I don't wake up. It was nice."

The Blue Jays weren't done in the sixth inning, as J.P. Arencibia added another run on a two-out single to put Toronto up 6-4.

But much like the night before, when the Bewers won 7-6 on an Aramis Ramirez home run in the bottom of the seventh that was originally ruled foul, Milwaukee was quick to respond.

After Blue Jays reliever Robert Coello loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth, Jason Frasor came on and promptly walked Ryan Braun to score a run. It was the fourth Milwaukee run of the night scored on either a hit batsman (one) or a walk (three).

That brought Ramirez to the plate. And, about 24 hours after hitting the game-winner on Monday, Ramirez connected on his 10th career grand slam to once again put Milwaukee ahead, 9-6.

On Tuesday night, though, the Blue Jays resiliency resurfaced in the top of the seventh, when they scored two runs, thanks in part to a throwing error and a wild pitch. Then they won it in the top of the ninth.

For the second time of the night, Rasmus initiated the rally with a home run off Brewers closer John Axford. And for the second time, Bautista followed suit. This time, though, his third home run in two games put Toronto ahead for good, as Casey Janssen came on in the bottom half to earn his seventh save of the season.

Tuesday was just the 10th time in Blue Jays history the team combined to hit six or more home runs, and Toronto's 100 homers this season rank them second in the Majors behind only the Yankees (101).

With his own first-time Major League starter on the mound in Tyler Thornburg, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said all the home runs were a result of his pitchers finding themselves in too many fastball counts.

"And if you throw these guys fastballs, you'd better locate it well," he said. "They don't miss too many fastballs in the middle of the plate."

For the Blue Jays, it was just another night of bouncing back, something the team has grown accustomed to, especially with three starting pitchers going on the disabled list since June 13.

"Just an outstanding offensive night," manager John Farrell said. "When Jesse checked out in the third inning, we knew we were going to be deep in the bullpen again Our guys at the plate continued to swing with a very good approach. ... We never let down. We never battled our way out of the game, we battled ourselves back into it."

Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.