Smoak hits tying HR in 9th, walk-off in 10th for Jays

Smoak hits tying HR in 9th, walk-off in 10th for Jays

TORONTO -- Justin Smoak single-handedly stole a game away from the Rangers as he hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth and added a two-run shot in the 10th inning of Toronto's 3-1 victory on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

Texas held a 1-0 lead until Smoak's solo shot off Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson. An inning later, Smoak was back at it again, this time with a two-run shot to left off Phil Klein.

The Blue Jays picked up their first extra-inning win of the season, while Texas dropped to 0-5 in games decided in the final at-bat. It was the first walk-off homer of Smoak's career and the fourth time he had a multi-homer game.

Smoak's game-tying home run

"It's always a relief," Smoak said. "Finally over the last week or so, I've been getting some more consistent ABs and I've only felt better and better every time. It's a matter of getting those ABs and having some success whenever you get a chance."

Smoak is the first player to hit a game-tying homer in the ninth and a walk-off homer in extra innings since Tyler Flowers did it for the White Sox on Sept. 8, 2014, against Oakland. He also is the first player in Blue Jays franchise history to accomplish the feat.

"He's trying to go down and away and just didn't execute the pitch where he wanted to," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said about the Blue Jays first baseman's walk-off shot. "Smoak put another good swing on it."

Smoak is the first player to hit a game-tying homer in the ninth and a walk-off homer in extra innings since Tyler Flowers did it for the White Sox on Sept. 8, 2014, against Oakland. He also is the first player in Blue Jays franchise history to accomplish the feat.

Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision. Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada tossed six strong innings and the only mistake he made came on the second pitch of the game when Rougned Odor hit a leadoff home run.

Estrada's one-run outing

Rangers starter Martin Perez scattered four hits over five innings and was in line for the win until Toronto's late rally.

Perez's scoreless start

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Smoak show:
Smoak stole the night with his two-run shot off in the 10th. Toronto's first baseman gave his team some late life in the bottom of the ninth with a solo shot to left. Toronto had been shut out until that point, but the fourth pitch of the at-bat was sent over the wall in left-center.

Smoak's two-home run game

"The type of ballgame that it was, we've had trouble in low-scoring games, close games, one-run games so we definitely needed that. I guess that's an understatement," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. More >

Gibbons on bullpen in 3-1 win

Escaping danger: After putting two on to open the bottom of the seventh, Jake Diekman engaged in a 15-pitch battle with Blue Jays second baseman Darwin Barney. After falling behind 0-2, Barney worked the count full and then fouled off seven consecutive pitches before taking an 85-mph slider for strike three. Diekman proceeded to strike out Michael Saunders on five pitches, before Tony Barnette retired Josh Donaldson on a lineout to end the threat. More >

Diekman wins 15-pitch at-bat

Starting early: Odor opened the scoring with his first career leadoff home run on the second pitch of the game from Estrada. According to Statcast™, the ball traveled an estimated 337 feet from home plate, at a velocity of 90 mph. Odor is hitting .393 (11-for-28) in 11 career games at Rogers Centre.

Ice cold: Toronto hadn't enjoyed a lot of scoring opportunities before Smoak's two home runs. Despite the come-from-behind win, the Blue Jays' struggles with runners in scoring position continued. In the fifth inning, the Blue Jays had runners on second and third for Donaldson, but the reigning American League MVP struck out looking on the ninth pitch of the at-bat. Toronto is batting .136 (6-for-44) with runners in scoring position over its last eight games.

Perez sits down Donaldson

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Odor's shot marked the fifth time in Estrada's career he has allowed a leadoff home run.

REPLAY REVIEW
Rangers manager Jeff Banister won his challenge in the top of the ninth inning. With Prince Fielder on second, Ian Desmond hit a ball to right field which fell into the glove of an outstretched Jose Bautista. The play was initially ruled an out, but replays showed Bautista trapped the ball off the turf, putting Rangers on first and third.

Desmond records a single

WHAT'S NEXT
Rangers: Right-hander Colby Lewis (2-0, 3.19 ERA) will take the mound in the third of four against the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre at 6:07 p.m. CT. Lewis went a season-high seven innings allowing two runs in a 4-2 win over the Angels on Friday.

Blue Jays: Right-hander Aaron Sanchez (2-1, 2.59) gets the call when the Blue Jays continue their four-game series against the Rangers at 7:07 p.m. ET on Wednesday. This will be Sanchez's first career regular-season start against Texas, but he faced them out of the bullpen during the 2015 American League Division Series. Sanchez has surrendered one earned run or less in all but one of his five starts this year.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. He covered the Rangers on Tuesday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.