Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson throws out Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Guyer at first base during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday

Estrada flirts with perfect game in Jays win over Rays

Marco Estrada made a run at history for the second consecutive start and came up just short again. Estrada lost his bid for a perfect game on Logan Forsythe’s infield single with one out in the eighth inning, but Chris Colabello homered in the 12th to lift the Toronto Blue Jays over the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Wednesday.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Marco Estrada made a run at history for the second consecutive start and came up just short again.

Estrada lost his bid for a perfect game on Logan Forsythe’s infield single with one out in the eighth inning, but Chris Colabello homered in the 12th to lift the Toronto Blue Jays over the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Wednesday.

Estrada also carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning of his previous start Friday against Baltimore. This time, he struck out 10 and threw a career-high 129 pitches.

“He’s been on some kind of roll,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Forsythe barely beat out a slow chopper to third that Josh Donaldson fielded barehanded. Donaldson’s throw to first was just a hair too late.

“It was a little frustrating just because it wasn’t hit very hard,” Estrada said. “Donaldson made a great play. The guy can run a little bit, so he beat it out.”

Toronto challenged the safe call by umpire Joe West, which was confirmed after a 40-second replay review.

“It wasn’t a pretty hit, but it was a hit,” Forsythe said. “But hats off to him.”

Tampa Bay’s only other hit off Estrada was Kevin Kiermaier’s two-out double in the ninth that chased the right-hander.

“The ninth inning, I gave up a hard-hit ball to Kiermaier. That made it a little better,” Estrada said. “Easier to forget about.”

Colabello connected for a one-out shot to centre off Brandon Gomes (1-3).

It was the Blue Jays’ first homer in the 12th inning or later to break a scoreless tie since Jesse Barfield did it on Sept. 26, 1986, at Boston.

“I’m proud of the guys, but that’s what they’re made of. This is a more character team than we’ve had in the past,” Gibbons said.

Brett Cecil (2-4) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 11th, and Steve Delabar got three outs for his first save of the season.

Donaldson dove a couple of rows into the stands to catch David DeJesus’ foul pop leading off the eighth.

“I thought it was pretty neat,” Donaldson said. “I was just trying to do anything I can to help get outs at that time.”

Nathan Karns took a no-hit bid into the sixth for the Rays, but exited one inning later after giving up consecutive singles to Edwin Encarnacion and Dioner Navarro. Kevin Jepsen pitched out of the jam by getting three straight outs.

Karns gave up three hits, three walks and struck out five over six-plus innings.

Kevin Pillar got the game’s first hit, a one-out single to left in the sixth. Karns later got an inning-ending pop fly from Jose Bautista with the bases loaded.

Encarnacion was the lone baserunner through five innings, drawing a leadoff walk in the second. He appeared to lose track of the outs and was easily doubled off second base after taking off for third on Russell Martin’s one-out fly to centre.

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