Bloodied but unbowed, Solarte beats Indians with 11th-inning grand slam

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Bloodied but unbowed, Solarte beats Indians with 11th-inning grand slam

Depending on who you ask, the Blue Jays have been a pleasant surprise so far in 2018, especially now that they're 18-14 after Thursday's doubleheader. The one labelled ketchup won. Smith was essentially called up as insurance in case the Jays and Indians managed to get two games in Thursday, though the weather forecasters were calling for periods of rain and lightning off and on all day.

After Jaime Garcia's latest dud in the opener - six earned runs on seven hits over 3.1 innings - the Jays now have three of their five starters sporting ugly ERAs of over 6.00. Manager John Gibbons emerged from the dugout and signalled to the bullpen before the shortstop even crossed the plate.

The Indians overcame a substantial deficit and almost beat the Blue Jays before falling in the first game of a doubleheader at Progressive Field on Thursday.

Josh Donaldson's two-run shot in the sixth tied the game 7-7, Gurriel delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh, Kevin Pillar's RBI double added some insurance in the top of the eighth but Lindor hit his second homer of the day in the bottom half before Jose Ramirez walked and a Michael Brantley grounder eluded Solarte at first allowing the tying run to score.

Blue Jays Continue a stretch of eight games in seven days with a three-game series in Tampa.

Livestream the Toronto Blue Jays, including Blue Jays Central pre-game. "I made a few plays (in Dunedin) and I had a nice backhand play the other day in one of the minor league rehab games I was playing in". Then they waited through a 1-hour, 53-minute rain delay before the doubleheader opener.

After Teoscar Hernandez walked, Solarte, who had been involved in several crucial plays earlier, hit a 2-0 pitch into the left-field bleachers.

Russell Martin added a two-run homer for Toronto.

In 12 games with the Blue Jays this year, the 32-year-old impending free agent is hitting.239/.352/.457 with three homers, nine RBIs, and a stolen base.

Olson retired the first two batters of the inning before allowing three straight to reach. Earlier, he was thrown out trying to stretch a single in the 10th and almost knocked himself out while diving into third in the third.

Solarte is the first player with a five-hit, six-RBI game this season.

And because sliding into third with a face is painful and a bad idea, Solarte would get his nose taped between innings. He suffered a cut on his upper lip that was covered by a bandage for the rest of the game.

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