Late Smoak Homers Power Toronto Past Texas
TORONTO (AP) — Former Gamecock Justin Smoak‘s first two home runs of the season, a tying drive in the ninth inning and two-run shot in the 10th, led the Toronto Blue Jays over the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Tuesday night.
The lead stood until Smoak connected on Shawn Tolleson‘s third pitch of the ninth inning, a drive over the scoreboard in left center-field.
Joe Biagini (1-1) pitched two innings of two-hit relief for the win, completing a six-hitter.
Texas starter Martin Perez, pitching on five days’ rest in his first regular-season game against Toronto, gave up four hits and three walks in five innings.
Estrada (2-1), who complained of a sore shoulder during his start against the Chicago White Sox last Wednesday, allowed two hits in six innings, throwing 88 pitches. He beat Texas and Perez in Game 3 of last year’s AL Division Series.
After Smoak’s ninth-inning homer, Toronto loaded the bases before Jose Bautisa flied out.
Rangers: RHP Yu Darvish, who missed the 2015 season following Tommy John surgery, threw a 15-pitch batting practice in Arlington under the supervision of minor league pitching coordinator Danny Clark. Darvish is set to make his second injury rehabilitation start on Friday for Triple-A Round Rock against New Orleans.
Rangers: RHP Colby Lewis (2-0, 3.19) makes his first start at Rogers Centre since 2014, hoping to improve on his 3-6 record and 6.97 ERA against the Blue Jays in 11 career games.
Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (2-1, 2.59) makes his first career start against the Rangers.