Jays turn triple play in victory

The Sports Xchange

The Blue Jays had to figure it was their night.

Kyle Drabek had runners at first and second with none out in the third inning on Friday against the Kansas City Royals after Alex Gordon doubled and Yuniesky Betancourt walked.

Eric Hosmer hit a line drive that instead of keeping the inning going ended it instead.

First baseman Adam Lind caught the liner, stepped on first for the second out and threw to shortstop Yunel Escobar, who stepped on second base for the third out. Both runners had strayed from their respective bases in anticipation of a hit.

"It was the first one I've ever seen and it was real fun for me to see it," said Drabek. "I was just real confused about what was happening."

"In 11 pitches, we go from first and second, nobody out to being out of the inning," manager John Farrell said.

The Blue Jays also turned a double play in the fifth for Drabek, who needed all the help he could get in the no-decision. The Blue Jays rallied for three runs in the eighth and held off Kansas City for a 4-3 win.

The previous triple play by the Blue Jays came on Sept. 21, 1979 against the New York Yankees at old Exhibition Stadium. Then-Yankee Damaso Garcia, who later became a Blue Jay, hit the ball that allowed Dave McKay, Craig Kusick and Alfredo Griffin to combine on the triple play.

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