Wild pitch caps wild comeback for Blue Jays in 12th inning

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Sitting at third base in the 12th inning, Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis said he visualized the perfect ending … then capitalized when it unfolded in front of his eyes.

Travis broke for home on San Diego Padres reliever Paul Clemens’ wild pitch and scored the winning run in a 7-6 comeback victory on Tuesday night in Toronto.

"I was kinda dreaming of that scenario, the opportunity to get that game-wining run on a wild pitch. I knew that guy had a really good curveball, and I’m just glad it worked out," he said.

Things definitely looked bleak for the Blue Jays before that. Matt Kemp had just hit a two-run home run for the Padres to give them a 6-4 lead heading into the bottom of the 12th inning. (Side note: That’s the 24th straight game in which the Padres have homered, extending a team record. The MLB record is 27 straight games.)

Getting Travis in position to win it was an adventure for the Blue Jays.

Darwin Barney hit a one-out double to put runners on second and third when Travis came to the plate. Travis worked a 14-pitch walk to load the bases with slugger Jose Bautista coming to the plate.

Bautista drew a walk, scoring Kevin Pillar, and the Josh Donaldson hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Barney (and tied the game) and left Travis on third for the decisive play.

Then this happened: