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The Mariners produced one of the rarest plays in baseball last night

The 3-6-2 triple play has not been seen in 60 years.

Ezequiel Carrera, left, and Kevin Pillar have no idea what has just happened.
Ezequiel Carrera, left, and Kevin Pillar have no idea what has just happened.
Image: Elaine Thompson/AP/Press Association Images

THE TORONTO BLUE Jays held a narrow 4-3 lead over the Seattle Mariners at the top of the fourth inning on Sunday night but looked all set to improve on that until one of the rarest triple plays in baseball happened.

With no outs, Ezequiel Carrera on third and Kevin Pillar on first, Ryan Goins stepped up and hit a low-roller to first base.

Unsurprisingly, Goins was out at first, but Pillar got himself stuck between first and second which appeared like it would allow Carrera to score.

However, Mariners shortstop Brad Miller fooled everyone and ran straight at Carrera, cutting off third, allowing his catcher Mike Zunino to run him all the way back.

While this was happening, Pillar had also made his way to third when he really should have stayed at second.

With Carrera entitled to third, most expected Pillar would be retired as the second out.

However, Carrera lost his balance and took his foot off the bag, and because Zunino diligently held the tag, the Mariners got all three runners, turning a triple play scored at 3-6-2.

Source: MLB/YouTube

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