LOS ANGELES—A.J. Ellis drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 14th inning before the Los Angeles Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs. With slugger Adrian Gonzalez at the plate, the slow-footed Ellis knew he would have to hustle to score.
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TORONTO—The Toronto Blue Jays may have ended August on a losing note, but they’re far from concerned.
Danny Salazar outlasted David Price in a pitchers’ duel as the Cleveland Indians beat Toronto 4-2 last night. The Blue Jays got runners in scoring position in the eighth and ninth and kept it a very tight game until the final out.
LOS ANGELES—Jake Arrieta pitched the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season and second against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 days, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory last night.
Arrieta (17-6) struck out a season-high 12 and became the first 17-game winner in the big leagues by throwing baseball’s third no-hitter in less than three weeks.
TORONTO—When Mark Buehrle won a World Series with the Chicago White Sox in 2005, he constantly felt like no matter the deficit they’d win the game. The 2015 Toronto Blue Jays are similar, only with a super-sized offence.
“Here, shoot, if we don’t score eight runs, we had a bad day,” Buehrle said after a 9-2 win against the Detroit Tigers yesterday afternoon at Rogers Centre.
OTTAWA—Jeremiah Johnson took full advantage when opportunity came calling.
Johnson scored three rushing touchdowns as the Redblacks downed the Saskatchewan Roughriders 35-13 yesterday, three days after Ottawa released international running back Chevon Walker, who he replaced in the starting lineup.
NEW ORLEANS—Brian Hoyer led scoring drives on two of his first three series since being named Houston’s starting quarterback, and the Texans went on to a 27-13 preseason victory over the New Orleans Saints yesterday.
ARLINGTON, Texas—Jose Bautista charged hard and reached down. Toronto’s right fielder quickly realized that the ball went under his glove and was rolling toward the warning track.
PHOENIX—Brandon Moss hit his first home run with St. Louis and Tony Cruz hit his first of the season, leading the Cardinals to a 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks last night to complete a four-game sweep.
It was the Cardinals’ fifth straight win overall and they finished 7-0 against the Diamondbacks this season.
HAMILTON, Ont.—The Montreal Alouettes defence has sent a message.
“I think we’re the best defence in the league,” said cornerback Jonathan Hefney after Montreal beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 26-23 last night—handing them their first-ever loss at Tim Hortons Field.
ARLINGTON, Texas—Edwin Encarnacion turned David Price’s 30th birthday into a party—and a win for Toronto’s new ace.
Encarnacion hit a grand slam to extend his hitting streak to 21 games, boosting Price when he was pitching on his birthday for the first time in the majors and helping the Blue Jays to a 12-4 victory against the Texas Rangers last night.