The Blue Jays didn’t make many July acquisitions this year, but the two players they did add — Danny Valencia and Nolan Reimold — combined for some 10th-inning magic on Saturday afternoon that may have pulled the Jays back from the abyss with a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Valencia and Reimold both came into the game in the eighth inning as pinch-hitters and both struck out against Detroit’s Max Scherzer. But after Toronto rallied to tie the game 2-2 in the ninth, Valencia led off the 10th with a single and then Reimold’s double sent him scurrying home with the decisive run to level this three-game series at a win apiece.

After Dioner Navarro’s single scored Jose Reyes from third with the tying run in the ninth, the Jays loaded the bases with one out but could not push across the winning run, a big opportunity wasted.

As gut-wrenching as Friday night’s 5-4 loss in a game they led by two runs going into the ninth was, to lose this one would have been an even greater blow for the Blue Jays’ collective psyche after rallying to tie and coming so tantalizingly close, yet failing to end it in the bottom of the ninth.

“It was a helluva game,” said Gibbons. “Scherzer battled and (Marcus) Stroman matched him. We were down going into the ninth and we had a chance to get a win out of it and sometimes that can deflate you because now you’re going back to waiting for that big hit again. But then our two new guys came through in the 10th and that was big. It was a great day all the way around and, really, it was the only way for that game to end. (Not winning) would have been ...”

Gibbons didn’t take that thought any further because he didn’t even want to contemplate how soul-crushing it would have been.