Associated Press - First, a dash of dirt. Next, a sprinkling of water. A little hand mixing and pretty soon Willie Bloomquist was covered in mud. The year of the dirty walk-off is getting awfully messy in the desert.
Bloomquist lined his third hit for a run-scoring single in the 10th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrated with what has become their typical grimy walk-off celebration after beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Wednesday.
The Diamondbacks have gone through an up-and-down season, leaving their playoff hopes clinging by a thread. When it comes to pulling off the walk-off, they've been one of baseball's best.
Against the Blue Jays, Arizona rallied from a three-run deficit after shaky first inning by Randall Delgado. Diamondbacks pitchers faced the minimum from then until the 10th inning, when Will Harris (3-0) worked around a baserunner to keep the game tied in Arizona's franchise record-tying 21st extra-inning game.
Eric Chavez got the final rally started by blooping a single off Luis Perez (0-1) and pinch-runner Adam Eaton moved to third on A.J. Pollock's single off Jeremy Jeffress.
Late on a previous pitch by Jeffress, Bloomquist lined a 1-2, 100-mph fastball off the right-hander through the right side of Toronto's drawn-in infield, sending his teammates rushing onto the field.
The NL West leader for most of the season's first half, Arizona has labored since the All-Star break while the Los Angeles Dodgers have surged ahead. Even with the win, the Diamondbacks were 13 games behind the Dodgers in the division and eight behind the Reds in the NL wild-card race.
If only all their games went to extra-innings or came down to the last at-bat; Arizona is 16-5 in extra-inning games this season and has 13 wins in its last at-bat.