Steve Pearce gave the Blue Jays an 8-4 walk-off win against the Athletics on Thursday, mashing a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning against reliever Liam Hendriks. It was the Jays’ second walk-off victory in a row, as the club had walked off 3-2 the previous day on a Kendrys Morales homer.
Pearce had another walk-off grand slam up his sleeve on Sunday afternoon, capping off a seven-run bottom of the ninth inning against the Angels to help his team overcome a 10-4 deficit. Angels reliever Brooks Pounders walked Ryan Goins to lead off the frame, then gave up a two-run home run to Kevin Pillar to bring the game to 10-6. Rob Refsnyder kept the rally going with a ground-rule double, chasing Pounders from the game.
Bud Norris relieved Pounders, but couldn’t change the momentum. Ezequiel Carrera and Russell Martin both singled, making it a 10-7 score. After Justin Smoak grounded out for the first out of the inning, Morales walked to load the bases for Pearce. Pearce took two balls before drilling a 94 MPH Norris fastball over the fence in left field to finalize the game at 11-10 in favor of the Jays and notch his second walk-off grand slam in the last four games.
Pearce finished 2-for-4 with a walk and a double along with the slam. He’s now hitting .267/.319/.462 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 213 plate appearances on the season.