June 23, 2000
Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 4
Canada is hockey country, so it's fitting that a stop that would have made Curtis Joseph proud helped Toronto vault to the top of the American League East. With two out in the eighth, Boston trailed by a run but had the bases loaded against Blue Jays closer Billy Koch, who had given up two walks and a run-scoring double to the first three hitters he'd faced. Koch's first pitch to the fourth, Jason Varitek, headed for the batter's feet. Varitek jumped out of the way, and the ball skipped past catcher Alberto Castillo for an apparent wild pitch that would score Nomar Garciaparra from third and tie the game.
But after getting by Castillo, me ball hit plate umpire Dale Scott in the foot and dribbled a few feet away. Castillo got it before any runners could advance, Varitek popped out, and Koch breezed through the ninth to seal the win. "We caught a great kick save from the umpire and that was the game," said Blue Jays manager Jim Fregosi.