The late rally win over the Atlanta Braves shows the resilience of the Toronto Blue Jays

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In terms of rallies, the Blue Jays’ comeback in the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Center did not start out as an inspiration.

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Instead of a super-sharp play, it was Vlad Guerrero Jr. who slammed a ball off the wall in right field, a hit that the Jays hitter was so confident would leave the ballpark and level the game that he jogging reduced the ball to one shot.

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The resulting single, however, got the ball moving and eventually set the stage for catcher Danny Jansen’s game-winning goal, converting a 5-4 deficit into a big win from a tough opponent with 6-5 Jays.

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“It’s just about passing the baton,” Jansen said of the team’s rally mentality. “It’s good to play bats beforehand. It’s a good team over there and we felt like there were going to be hard hits as the series progressed, so we just stuck with it.”

The significance of the win over the Braves hadn’t escaped the Jays-catcher, who counted a walk-off hit for the third time in his career. It certainly helped take some of the sting out of a lackluster 6-3 loss, but it also cemented the team’s belief that they can get the best out of any opponent in the majors.

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“It’s a good team over there,” said Jansen. “It’s momentum. Every game we have faith in our starters, faith in our bullpen, faith in our racquets. We believe we can get along with anyone.

“This team is resilient. We want to win every game and believe we can do it.”

That confidence never hurts, even in games where things aren’t exactly smooth. But by keeping things in context, it set the stage for Jansen – or someone – to get away with some drama.

After their tenth comeback win of the season, the Jays improve to 7-4 in one-run games.

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