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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman throws against the Tampa Bay Rays during MLB action in Toronto on Aug. 16, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Stroman the difference in nail-biter

TORONTO — Before Wednesday’s game, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons walked up to Marcus Stroman in the clubhouse and joked that his starting pitcher was “a media darling.”

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada walks back to the dugout after being taken out of the game during against the Tampa Bay Rays in Toronto on Aug. 15, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)

Estrada shaky in loss to Rays

TORONTO — Before Tuesday’s game against Tampa Bay, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said right-handed pitcher Marco Estrada wasn’t going anywhere this season.

Steve Pearce of the Toronto Blue Jays homers to left field to defeat the Oakland A's at the Rogers Centre on July 27, 2017. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

Boom! Walk-off grand slam completes sweep

TORONTO — Kendrys Morales did his best Aaron Judge impression and Steve Pearce belted a walkoff grand slam in the 10th, powering the Jays to a wild 8-4 win during a wacky matinee on Thursday.

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera tosses his bat after being awarded a bases-loaded walk to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays in the 11th inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Tigers walk-off Jays in 11th inning

The series win was there for the taking, but the Blue Jays were a combination of too wild with their pitches, too sloppy with their defence and just unable to take advantage when the scoring opportunities presented themselves.