TORONTO – As fans filed out of Rogers Centre following the longest game in Toronto Blue Jays history, Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long” played over the sound system.
For a while, it looked like the “day” game might just go all night.
Jose Bautista’s single in the 19th inning drove home the winning run as the Blue Jays rallied from a 5-0 deficit to beat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 on Sunday.
“It was a long day today and coming out on top is the only thing that matters,” Bautista said.
Munenori Kawasaki singled off Rick Porcello (13-7) to begin the 19th and advanced to third when second baseman Ian Kinsler couldn’t field an errant throw from Porcello on Jose Reyes’ sacrifice bunt. Melky Cabrera was intentionally walked to load the bases for Bautista, who ended it with a single to right over the drawn-in outfield, sending his teammates streaming out of the dugout in celebration.
Kawasaki scored two runs and walked one during a 1-for-6 day at the plate.
Porcello, who threw 110 pitches over seven innings against the Yankees on Thursday, and tossed a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday, worked two-plus innings out of the bullpen as the Tigers used eight pitchers.
Porcello called the grounds crew out to work on the mound in the 17th because he was struggling with his landing spot on the well-worn dirt.
“The holes were so big,” Porcello said. “I couldn’t really get any kind of footing, I was falling on every pitch. There was nowhere to move around on the rubber. It was one big crater.”
Led by a six-inning stint from Chad Jenkins (1-1), Toronto’s bullpen threw 15⅔ innings of scoreless relief. The Blue Jays also used eight pitchers.
“I was just out of gas,” Jenkins said. “I haven’t thrown six innings all year.”
It was the second 19-inning game in as many days. The Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Saturday night. The last time there were two 19-inning games in the same month was July 1985.
Toronto had twice played 18 innings, doing it against the Angels on July 28, 2005, and Texas on June 8, 2013.
At 6 hours, 37 minutes, it was the longest game by time in Blue Jays history, easily surpassing a 5:57 game against the Yankees on April 19, 2001.
Rangers 6, Astros 2
In Houston, Nick Martinez got his first win since May 24 and Adrian Beltre and Choo Shin-soo both homered.
Red Sox 3, Angels 1
In Anaheim, Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and Rubby De La Rosa pitched five-hit ball into the eighth.
Boston closer Koji Uehara worked a scoreless ninth for his 25th save. He fanned two batters.
Indians 4, Yankees 1
In New York, Carlos Carrasco rejoined the Cleveland rotation in fine fashion by pitching five dominant innings.
Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda (7-8) pitched 4⅔ innings, allowing five hits and three runs. He walked four and struck out three.
Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-3, hitting a double in the loss.
Twins 6, Athletics 1
In Oakland, Kurt Suzuki hit a tiebreaking double and Josh Willingham added a two-run homer in the eighth inning as Minnesota ended a 12-game losing streak against the Athletics.
Mariners 4, White Sox 2
In Seattle, Austin Jackson, acquired in a trade with the Detroit Tigers before the deadline, matched a career-high with four RBIs to lead the Mariners to a victory.
Dodgers 5, Brewers 1
In Milwaukee, Clayton Kershaw won his 14th game to tie for the NL lead as Los Angeles avoided a three-game sweep against the Brewers.
Phillies 7, Mets 6
In Philadelphia, Ryan Howard had a game-ending single with two outs in the ninth inning.
Reds 7, Marlins 2
In Cincinnati, Devin Mesoraco hit his third grand slam of the season and drove in six runs.
Rockies 5, D-Backs 3 (10)
In Phoenix, Corey Dickerson hit a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the top of the 10th inning as Colorado avoided a seventh straight loss to Arizona.
Padres 8, Pirates 2
In Pittsburgh, Tyson Ross recovered from a two-run first to pitch six strong innings and Seth Smith hit a bases-loaded triple, leading San Diego to a victory over the Pirates.
Braves 3, Nationals 1
In Atlanta, Alex Wood set a career high with 12 strikeouts in 7⅓ innings and the Braves beat Washington to continue their recent success against the Nationals.
Cubs 3, Rays 2 (12)
In Chicago, Anthony Rizzo hit a game-ending RBI single in the 12th inning as the Cubs beat Tampa Bay to avoid a three-game sweep.
Cardinals 8, Orioles 3
In Baltimore, rookie Kolten Wong had four hits and scored twice and Peter Bourjos homered for St. Louis.
Royals 7, Giants 4
In Kansas City, Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez each homered and Danny Duffy pitched into the seventh.
The Royals’ Norichika Aoki was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and two runs scored.