TORONTO (AP) -
wasn't quite sure who he was facing when he stepped to the plate in the 11th inning. Once he figured it out, he drove in the
Millar's single over the drawn-in outfield scored
from second base, giving the
Toronto Blue Jays
an 8-7 victory over the
8-7 on Wednesday night.
Wells walked to begin the 11th and went to second on
's sacrifice bunt.
was walked intentionally and C.J. Wilson (0-2) was replaced by right-hander Darren O'Day, who was claimed on waivers from
New York Mets
earlier in the day.
O'Day was at home in Panama City Beach, Fla., when he got a lunchtime call from his agent telling him he had been claimed
by Texas. Within two hours he was on a flight to Memphis, Tenn., where he connected to Toronto.
''I got off the plane in the eighth inning and had to go through customs and all that jazz,'' O'Day said. ''The traveling
secretary was texting me back and forth. We originally planned to go to the hotel and he said 'Go to the field, we might need
you.' I got here, got on a uniform and went out there.''
O'Day pitched wearing
's jersey because there wasn't time to get him one of his own.
''Gabbard I thought was a left-handed pitcher and he came in throwing sinkerballs, side-armed right-handed, so I was a little
confused at first,'' Millar joked.
turned to O'Day because he was ''down to fumes'' in his bullpen. He found the newcomer ready and eager to work - at least
once he'd been introduced to his teammates with some quick handshakes on the mound.
''He was excited,'' Washington said. ''The first thing he said was 'Let's rumble.' It was tough that we had to bring him in
that situation but that's all we had at the time. He'll be back.''
O'Day didn't blame his performance on the hectic travel schedule.
''Once you get into the game situation it's your job to be a professional,'' O'Day said. ''You've got to do what they brought
me here to do. I obviously didn't get that job done.''
Still, he saw the lighter side of wearing the jersey of Gabbard, a hard-throwing lefty with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
''I figured I'd be throwing in the mid-90s,'' O'Day joked. ''It felt a little weird. I didn't have the fastball I was looking
hit a pair of two-out, two-run homers to left, one in the second and another to almost the same spot in the fourth, the sixth
multihomer game of his career. The homers were his first two of the season.
(3-0) worked two scoreless innings for the victory.
Trailing 7-4, Texas tied it with a three-run ninth against struggling Toronto closer B.J. Ryan, who blew his second save.
was hit on the wrist and
drew a four-pitch walk before
grounded to shortstop.
's throwing error prevented Toronto for turning the double play, scoring Davis and sending Kinsler to second. Kinsler stole
third and scored on pinch-hitter
's grounder before
tied it with a solo homer to center, his fourth.
''I was terrible out there, I was brutal,'' Ryan said. ''Not pitching ahead, not pitching aggressively, making stupid pitches
at bad times, just a bad night.''
said Ryan's future as Toronto's closer will be decided after a chat with Ryan and general manager J.P. Ricciardi.
''He's having trouble with his control to me,'' Gaston said. ''I don't know if he's hurting or not hurting, but we'd certainly
like to see him do a little bit better than that. That's not going to get it done for us.''
had four hits for Toronto and drove in two runs with RBI singles in the fourth and sixth.
hit an RBI single in the sixth for the
Saltalamacchia hit a two-run single in the third, Young had an RBI double in the fifth and
drove in a run on a fielder's choice in the eighth for Texas.
Ryan's ninth-inning struggles cost left-hander
his first win of the season. Purcey allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. He walked a season-low two and struck
gave up five runs and nine hits in four innings, raising his ERA to 8.59. He walked two and struck out one.
''Things just aren't going my way right now,'' Harrison said.
stayed in the game to run the bases after bruising his right knee when he jumped over Millar at first on an infield single
in the eighth.
replaced Jones in left field in the bottom half.
had to leave the game midway through Barajas' at-bat in the 10th because of a tight groin. He was replaced by Wilson.
matched a career high with four hits. ... Hamilton was held out of the starting lineup after injuring his ribs crashing into
the outfield wall on Tuesday. ... Texas RHP
was placed on the 15-day DL with elbow tendinitis. RHP
will start in Benson's place Saturday at Baltimore. ... The Rangers moved RHP
(back) from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to make room on the roster for O'Day. ... Umpire Kerwin Danley has been released
from hospital after being hit in the face by a broken bat Wednesday and leaving the field on a stretcher. Danley will remain
in Toronto until the symptoms of a ''powerful headache'' subside, crew chief Dana DeMuth said, then go to MLB's medical center
in Arizona for further tests. ... Toronto Raptors forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu attended the game.