The Toronto Blue Jays won their 10th consecutive game with a 5-4 victory in 11 innings over the Boston Red Sox courtesy of a home run by catcher Russell Martin.
If the Tampa Bay Rays lose their game against the Chicago White Sox (they are down 4-3 in the 8th inning) then the Jays will climb into second place in the AL East and be one game back of the New York Yankees in the AL East.
The key to the Jays' success has been sheer offense. The Jays have scored at least 7 runs in 7 of their 10 victories during this streak. Martin, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson are their key offensive players. Indeed, Donaldson is having an MVP season. Trading Donaldson to the Jays might prove to be the undoing of A's GM Billy Beane whose team is languishing in last place in the AL West despite the best efforts of Brett Lawrie. Beane and Donaldson had a shouting match with each other during last season prompting Donaldson's departure. I saw an interview with Blue Jays manager John Gibbons the other day and he said that Donaldson provided the spark that the Jays' clubhouse has been missing in recent years.