MILWAUKEE – Munenori Kawasaki hit a game-tying RBI double and scored the go-ahead run in a five-run sixth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-5 on Wednesday.
With the Blue Jays trailing 3-2, Kawasaki came up with one out and a runner on second. The Brewers starter, rookie Jimmy Nelson (2-4), missed with an 0-1 sinking fastball in the heart of the zone, and Kawasaki doubled in the tying run.
Kawasaki, who had fouled off several sinkers from Nelson already in his first two plate appearances, got the barrel on the ball and lined it to left center. Center fielder Carlos Gomez took a poor route to the ball and it rolled past him for a double.
“It was a sinker in my hitting zone,” Kawasaki said. “I was thinking if I fouled it off I wouldn’t get another chance. Getting one fat pitch like that and being able to drive it was big.”
With two outs, Kawasaki scored the go-ahead run from second on a single to right, challenging the arm of former National League MVP Ryan Braun. The throw just beat Kawasaki home, but it also short-hopped catcher Jonathon Lucroy, who failed to catch it.
Kawasaki finished the day 1-for-2 with a walk.
The Blue Jays are 2-6 on their current road trip.
“This has not been a good road trip for us, anybody will tell you that,” starter R.A. Dickey said. “The home run by Jose (Bautista) was the difference and you could kind of hear a collective sigh on the bench.”
Dickey left after Carlos Gomez’s two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth made it 7-5. The bullpen held on from there, and Toronto got some extra cushion after Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer, his 16th of the year, in the ninth.
The Blue Jays outhit the NL Central leaders 15-10.
Phillies 4, Mariners 3
In Philadelphia, Wil Nieves doubled and had three hits, and Cole Hamels got a victory when he wasn’t at his best.
Chase Utley had the go-ahead RBI, and Ben Revere and Marlon Byrd drove in runs for the Phillies, who won for just the third time in nine games.
Mets 8, Athletics 5
In Oakland, Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer, Eric Campbell also connected, and New York snapped a three-game losing streak.
Zack Wheeler allowed two earned runs while working 5⅔ solid innings. The Mets split their quick two-game interleague series.
Rockies 5, Royals 2
In Denver, Matt McBride hit his first career grand slam, and Jorge De La Rosa pitched eight crisp innings, helping Colorado cool off Kansas City.
The Royals’ Norichika Aoki came on as a pinch hitter in the eighth and was 0-for-1.
Rangers 5, Marlins 4
In Miami, Nick Martinez allowed two runs in six innings in his homecoming, Alex Rios drove in two runs, and Texas roughed up Marlins starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.
Tigers 6, Rays 0
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Rick Porcello pitched a three-hitter for his AL-leading third shutout, and Victor Martinez hit a grand slam, leading Detroit over Tampa Bay.
The Rays lost their fourth in a row.
Astros 5, Yankees 2
In New York, Scott Feldman shut down the slumping Yankees again, and Robbie Grossman snapped a seventh-inning tie with a two-run single that sent Houston to a victory.
Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a double for New York. It was Ichiro’s first multi-hit game since Aug. 7.
Angels 8, Red Sox 3
In Boston, Josh Hamilton broke out of a slump with two hits and three RBIs, Howie Kendrick drove in two runs, and Los Angeles beat the Red Sox.
Hamilton was in a 5-for-41 slump with 18 strikeouts but hit two sacrifice flies and then singled in the Angels’ final run in the ninth inning.
Orioles 4, White Sox 3
In Chicago, Nelson Cruz took the major league lead with his 33rd home run, and surging Baltimore completed a three-game sweep.
Indians 5, Twins 0
In Minneapolis, rookie T.J. House pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning, and Mike Aviles had three hits and two RBIs in a win over the Twins.