Toronto Blue Jays advance to ALDS for first time since 1993

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The Texas Rangers can't blame anyone but themselves for the loss to the Jays in the ALDS Wednesday night. But first, let's take a look on everything that went down beforehand. 

In the top of the seventh inning with the score tied 2-2 and two outs, Jays catcher Russell Martin threw back the baseball in between pitches except, Shin Soo-Choo's bat made contact with the ball. 

The umpires gathered together and they eventually ruled it a live ball, allowing Odor who was the runner on third, to cross home plate, giving Texas a 3-2 advantage. 


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Toronto fans were irate, as you can imagine, and started throwing debris and trash all over the field. It was the right call, however. In a situation like that, it's the same thing as a pass ball or an overthrow with no interference. Many thought this would be the way the Jays season would end, and what a horrible way to go out. Think again. 

The bottom of the inning was even crazier than the top if you can imagine that. The Rangers committed three consecutive errors to give the Blue Jays a bases loaded, no outs situation.

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Russell Martin reached on a throwing error to start, then Kevin Pillar then hit a grounder to first but, both men were safe on a throwing error by Mitch Moreland.

Ryan Goins came to the plate and dropped down a sacrifice bunt, Adrian Beltre made a great play and threw to Elvis Andrus who was covering third, Andrus dropped the ball for his second error of the inning and loading the bases for Ben Revere.

Revere grounded into a fielders choice, getting the out at home plate. With the bases still loaded, Josh Donaldson blooped one just out of reach of Odor, who then got the force at second but, the run scored to tie it up at 3 apiece.

First and third, two outs, Jose Bautista at the plate. He got an inside fastball from Jarrod Dyson and the rest was history. He stood at the plate for a good three seconds, watched his towering drive soar into the second deck then, delivered the biggest bat flip baseball has ever seen.

The Rogers Centre was sent into an absolute frenzy and the Jays went on to win the game and the series, 6-3. Manager John Gibbons had this to say about Bautista's homer,

''He's been known to hit dramatic home runs and there ain't a better time,'' Gibbons said, according to the Associated Press.

''This is his first opportunity on a national stage and he rose to the occasion.''

And there was no better time, the homer was Bautista's first game winning homer in the postseason, and by far the most clutch of his career. It sent the Blue Jays to their first ALCS since 1993. That year, they won the World Series.

Besides the 2015 Blue Jays, there have only been two other teams in history that have won the ALDS after trailing 2-0. The 2001 Yankees, and the 2012 Giants. Both teams reached the Fall Classic, the Giants winning it.

The Blue Jays will take on the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS after their win over the Astros last night in game 5, 7-2. Kansas City advanced to their second consecutive ALCS. That series is set to start on Friday 8:07 ET in Kansas City.

No doubt this is a special Blue Jays team, it's just a matter of how far they will go. But right now, the Bue Jays are soaring higher than ever.

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