Blue Jays outlast Pirates

Schneider hits winning 2-run HR in 14th

AP photo by Chris Young | The Canadian Press Toronto Blue Jays Ernie Clement lies on the ground after being tagged out by Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Nick Gonzales during the third inning Friday in Toronto.

TORONTO — Davis Schneider hit the winning two-run homer in the 14th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Pittsburgh 5-3 on Friday night for their ninth straight win over the Pirates.

Schneider’s seventh home run of the season came on the first pitch he saw from right-hander Kyle Nicolas (0-1).

Genesis Cabrera (1-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings for the win as the Blue Jays matched a season-best with their fourth straight victory and won in the debut of their new City Connect uniforms.

After Pittsburgh’s Bryan Reynolds hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th, Toronto tied it in the bottom half when George Springer hit a two-out RBI single.

Blue Jays right fielder Springer made a sensational diving catch on Reynolds’ drive into the corner in the top half but couldn’t stop automatic runner Ji Hwan Bae scoring from third.

Hayes made it 3-2 with a sacrifice fly but Kevin Kiermaier answered with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 12th.

Toronto loaded the bases with two out in the 13th but Carmen Mlodzinkski caught Cavan Biggio looking at strike three.

The Pirates opened the scoring in the fifth when Andrew McCutchen hit a two-out RBI single off starter José Berríos, who gave up six hits and one run over seven innings. He walked none and struck out five.

The Blue Jays didn’t get a runner to second base through the first five innings against Pirates right-hander Bailey Falter. Falter allowed two hits, walked two and struck out five.

Toronto tied it after reliever Colin Holderman hit Springer with a two-out pitch in the sixth. Pinch hitter Daniel Vogelbach hit a fly ball to deep center that Bae lost in the twilight. The ball hit off the wall for a double, allowing Springer to score.


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