Brett Lawrie came with a rush like he always does.
Racing from first base in the 12th inning of Saturday's game, the Jays' perpetually revved up third baseman came sliding across the plate with the second of two runs thanks to Rajai Davis' clutch double.
Upon crossing the plate in a cloud of dust and a hearty 'Hi Ho Silver,' Lawrie hopped to his feet and charged the dugout like Bo Jackson used to hit the line in his prime. High-fiving his way through his teammates, Lawrie was waving his arms and screaming in exultation as the Jays poked ahead by a couple of runs.
"I get out of the way. He's on a dead sprint into the bat rack," manager John Farrell said of Lawrie's charge. "You stand clear."
The Jays would go on to score four runs in the 12th to earn a 7-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians but not before Lawrie, in the bottom of the frame, made a diving stop of a hot grounder to his left and threw to second for the force and the second out of the inning. It put the brakes on what was shaping up as a big comeback attempt by the hosts.
"You look at the diving play in the 12th, it might go down as a 5-4 force out but in that situation it's another run on the board and they're looking at first and second with just one out," Farrell said of Lawrie's defensive play.
It was a typical game for the kid with the boundless energy as the Jays went 2-for-2 in extra innings games this season.
Earlier, in the seventh, Lawrie collected his first hit of the season and naturally it was a biggie. Up to then the Jays had been no-hit by Ubaldo Jimenez but with runners on second and third and one out, he drove a pitch to right to score both runs and tie the game 2-2.
Lawrie, Jays beat Tribe in 12
Toronto Sun | Apr 8