TORONTO — Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis didn’t expect to put in a full day’s work when he came on as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning.
Three hours and 10 innings later, he sent his team home happy by delivering the winning hit.
Davis drove in Emilio Bonifacio with a two-out single in the 18th inning and Toronto beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 Saturday in a game that matched the longest in club history for both teams.
Highland graduate Adam Lind had four singles in seven plate appearances while batting cleanup for Toronto.
“Considering I got in in the eighth and still played a full game, it’s pretty remarkable,” Davis said. “I think it’s the longest game of my career.”
The game lasted 5 hours, 28 minutes, making it 3 hours, 20 minutes longer than Friday’s meeting between the teams. Texas equaled a season high with its third straight loss.
Having just stood up for a rare 17th inning stretch, only a small fraction of the crowd of 44,079 remained when Bonifacio hit a one-out single in the 18th and took third with two outs on a wild pickoff throw by Ross Wolf (1-1).
Davis followed with a bouncing single down the third base line, sending the Blue Jays streaming out of their dugout in celebration and ending a game that started under sunny skies but finished with the stadium lights on.
“Relief, a lot of relief,” Davis said when asked to describe his emotions. “Thank God, wow.”
Wolf (1-1) was Texas’ fifth pitcher and worked 6 2-3 innings, almost as many as starter Yu Darvish, who went seven.
“He did an outstanding job,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Wolf. “That’s the prototype for what a long man is supposed to do.”
Aaron Loup (3-3), the ninth Toronto pitcher, went one inning for the win. With his bullpen empty, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said infielder Andy LaRoche would have been called on to pitch if the game had lasted much longer.