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Martin hurt in Blue Jays loss to Pirates

August 11th, 2017 at 11:54 PM
By Sports Media 101

While the Blue Jays often go as Jose Bautista goes, in the end there was no celebration on a night when the slugger reached a significant milestone at the plate.

Bautista hit the 20-homer mark for the eighth consecutive season in the opener of a three-game series â?? a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Rogers Centre â?? with a third-inning solo shot to centre field.

Only three active players have longer streaks, and just one Blue Jay has ever racked up more 20-plus seasons in a row: Carlos Delgado from 1996 to 2004.

“It’s great,” Bautista said of the statistical milestone. “It’s cool. It’s something that obviously you’re proud of as a player, but those individual things, you try to think about them and enjoy them a little more in the off-season.

“Just wish we would be playing a little bit better right now. Working hard every day to make that change in the right direction.”

The long ball, Bautista’s third in as many games, came after a breakdown by the Blue Jays in the top of the third, allowing four unearned Pittsburgh runs. The Pirates capitalized on a pair of errors by second baseman Rob Refsnyder â?? who also struck out four times â?? and …

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Tags: Blue Jays, Jose Bautista, Marcus Stroman, Rob Refsnyder, Russell Martin

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