ATLANTA — Standing on second base with one out in the 10th inning, Jason Heyward came up with a bold idea to put pressure on Francisco Cordero and the Blue Jays.
It turned out to be a winning plan.
Heyward stole third base and scored on catcher J.P. Arencibia’s throwing error in the 10th inning as the Atlanta Braves beat Toronto 4-3 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.
There was no sign from third base coach Brian Snitker for Heyward to steal third.
“It was all on my own,” Heyward said. “I knew I had a great chance at taking a base and putting some pressure on them and they ended up throwing it away.”
Heyward opened the 10th with an infield single off Francisco Cordero (1-4) and moved to second on pinch hitter Jack Wilson’s sacrifice. With rookie Andrelton Simmons at the plate, Heyward took off for third base. Arencibia’s throw skipped past third baseman Brett Lawrie and into left field, allowing Heyward to score the winning run.
When Heyward saw the ball headed toward left field, he said his reaction was, “I’m home free.”
“It was huge,” he said. “It paid off. … I knew it was over. We were rewarded. You take a gamble right there, and that’s why you did it.”
Heyward already has 10 stolen bases, one more than his 2011 total. He had two hits, including a run-scoring double in the Braves’ two-run sixth.
He said he is running more “to put pressure on the defense.”