Blue Jays defeat Orioles
|Game||Date||Winning Team||Losing Team|
|1||Oct. 4||TOR 5||BAL 2|
Managers: John Gibbons, TOR; Buck Showalter, BAL
Path to the AL Wild Card:The Blue Jays and Orioles finished with identical 89-73 records, in part because they played each other so tough during the regular season. Toronto took the season series by just one game. Both teams finished four games behind Boston in the AL East.
For the second straight postseason, a dramatic home run sealed an elimination game for the Blue Jays. This year it was Edwin Encarnacion’s walk-off three-run homer in the 11th inning that sent Toronto to the AL Division Series with a raucous, 5-2, win over the Orioles in Toronto.
Toronto had many chances to finish what was a tense, thrilling game from the first pitch. But Baltimore turned to six relievers to continuously escape jams in the late innings by turning double plays -- three in total.
It’s hard to say what’ll be remembered more: Encarnacion’s towering drive, or the fact he hit it off Ubaldo Jimenez while Orioles super-closer Zach Britton waited in the bullpen. Britton allowed just four runs all season, but without a lead, Showalter decided not to use him. Soon, the Blue Jays were walking off into the next round.