With all likelihood, the Blue Jays won't reach the postseason. The team has crossed a fine line, and games no longer have further implications past the three hours it takes to play out. Toronto enjoyed their three hours, beating the Red Sox 8-6 in the last of a four game series on Thursday afternoon. The games don't matter, but the fun does.
Fighting past a poor start from Francisco Liriano, Justin Smoak was the key component of Toronto's win. He scored three of the Blue Jays' eight runs, hitting two home runs and a single in five at-bats.
Liriano was taken out of the game after just 1.2 innings pitched after allowing two earned runs (three total) and six hits. In his last start, Liriano pitched two full innings, before leaving the game with neck and back spasms. Although there is no official word as to what Liriano's injury may be, it seemed precautionary.
Aside from Danny Barnes, who gave up three earned runs in relief on a home run to Dustin Pedroia, the Blue Jays' bullpen was as best as it has ever been. Dominic Leone pitched 2.1 hit-less innings, followed by two innings from Biagini, who gave up only one hit. Ryan Tepera and Roberto Osuna both threw perfect innings to close out the win.
Guess of the Game: @mbozzo29, 5-3 Blue Jays.
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