Robertson walked Donaldson to get to Smoak, who was already 2-for-3 with a homer, and got into an intense battle with him that saw several full-count fouls and the Rogers Centre crowd dying with each pitch.
Sueng Hwan Oh closed it out for the Blue Jays, who lose the first two games of the series and then won the next pair.
Sonny Gray had killer stuff but the Jays made him work and he lasted just four-plus innings and 89 pitches. He struck out eight, walked three and gave up seven hits, including Devon Travis’ RBI single in the second inning that put Toronto ahead, 1-0.
Stanton, new to left field, made an excellent play in the sixth. The natural right field, playing out of position to make room for Aaron Judge in left field and because of several hurt outfielders, covered a lot of ground to his right to catch Kendrys Morales’ long fly to the corner, near the wall.
Judge shined on defense, too.
Gift Ngoepe singled to right field with one out in the second inning. Russell Martin, with no outs and the top of the order due up, tried scoring from second base. Judge threw him out at home, the ball hitting catcher Austin Romine’s glove right in front of the plate and beating Martin by a hand’s length.
Taylor Hall, Keith Kinkaid, Kyle Palmieri, Nico Hischier and the New Jersey Devils will aim to inch closer to a playoff spot when they visit Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Bell Centre in Montreal.
Of course, Brady – unlike any quarterback before him – has always been able to defy the odds and achieve peak performance when others failed to do so (look no further than Peyton Manning’s last two years in the league).
Still, the team is aware of his age and what it entails – just ask Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who spoke about New England selecting a quarterback earlier this week: I’m going to put my fan hat on, and obviously at some point we have to, Kraft said, when asked if picking a quarterback in the draft can be seen as a high priority for the franchise right now ( via ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss ). Not just that, the 76-year old continued, but think what happened in the ‘08 season when in the first quarter against Kansas City, Tom goes out. How many people would have said that Matt Cassel would have led us to an 11-5 season I put my faith and confidence in Bill [Belichick]. He knows his responsibilities. Anything can happen, even if Tom comes in tip-top shape.