If you thought the latest Blue Jays loss was hard on the eyes, come on down to the ball park on Wednesday where the home team will field a lineup less flashy than it did many days at spring training.
It is also worth noting that the Blue Jays lost right-hander Casey Lawrence via waivers to the Seattle Mariners earlier in the day on Thursday.
Ryan Goins singled home the winning run in the ninth inning and Toronto rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 to win back-to-back series for the first time this season.
"It kind of came as a blessing that Seattle came in here banged up a little bit with their pitching staff", Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar said. "He shut them down".
Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer and Devon Travis drove in the other two runs as Toronto (15-21) won for the fifth time in six games.
Working around the unsafe Mariners lineup, Biagini went five-plus innings of shutout ball.
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However, the Blue Jays had a three-run answer in the bottom half of the first inning.
Pillar added to that lead with a sacrifice fly in the eighth, plating Goins and making it 6-2. That 2006 season appeared to be his career-year for a while, with a 12-3 record, 2.16 ERA and third-place finish in Rookie of the Year voting.
Toronto opened the scoring on Ezequiel Carrera's two-out RBI single in the third, but the Mariners responded with Ben Gamel's RBI double in the fifth.
After going deep just twice in his first 33 games, Bautista has homered three times in four games. He allowed one run in 3 2/3 innings in a May 7 relief appearance against Texas. Toronto outhit Seattle 10-7.
Just not a quality pitch in that situation. Leone picked up the win to improve to 1-1. Unbeaten Dallas Keuchel (6-0) became the first six-game victor in the majors, helped by a home run from Carlos Correa.
Gibbons is a big fan of the quirky Biagini, likely even more so after his excellent outing on Friday and the impressive stats as a starter that he has compiled in just two starts. "For a big guy, he's got a short stroke", Gibbons said of the 6-foot-5, 240 pound catcher, who had seven home runs in only 85 at-bats at Buffalo this season.
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"He's got four-plus pitches", Travis said. With his great defense, this resurgence at the plate once again makes him a weapon for the Indians. Coghlan was hit in the hand by a pitch in the sixth.
"The bullpen is tough for a lot of reasons but starting is tough for a lot of reasons, so I'm trying to take the positives out of everything", Biagini said.
Leonel Campos allowed a double by Segura and a walk to Gamel to start the ninth and was replaced by Roberto Osuna, who got a double-play grounder from Nelson Cruz and a game-ending flyout from Seager.
The Toronto Blue Jays put left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with inflammation of the left shoulder.
Taz Tulowitzki, the 3-year-old son of Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, drew cheers and laughs in the clubhouse following the game as he showed off his ability to mimic the batting stances of different Blue Jays players. It scored Jarrod Dyson, who led off with an infield single and stole second.
"It kind of got away from us pretty quickly there", De Jong said.
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Diamondbacks 2, Pirates 1: Zack Greinke's bid for his first career no-hitter was thwarted by Pittsburgh's Gregory Polanco's leadoff home run in the eighth inning, but Arizona held on to win.