TORONTO — Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie hit home runs to lift the Blue Jays past the Cardinals 3-1 on Friday night. Toronto has won six in a row and 15 of 17.
Bautista hit a leadoff homer against Lance Lynn in the third, and Lawrie connected with a two-out drive off him in the fifth.
Bautista also hit into a triple play in the sixth. Singles by Anthony Gose and Jose Reyes and an error by third baseman Matt Carpenter on Melky Cabrera's grounder loaded the bases.
Bautista then hit a sharp liner to Daniel Descalso at second that nearly struck umpire Manny Gonzalez. Descalso flipped to shortstop Jhonny Peralta to double Reyes off second, and Peralta threw to first get Cabrera.
"It's got to be the most eventful game I've ever had in my career," said Bautista, who also threw out a runner at the plate from rightfield. "I'd like to see if anyone can find somebody else to have that game with that combination of plays."
It was the first triple play for the Cardinals since May 5, 2005, against the Padres and the seventh time the Blue Jays have hit into a triple play.
Said Descalso: "He happened to hit it right at me."