Drew Stubbs hit a walk-off home run to give the Texas Rangers a 6-5 win over th Toronto Blu Jays on Saturday night.
The Blue Jays forced extra innings in the ninth inning, tying things up with back-to-back home runs off the bats of Justin Smoak and Troy Tulowitzki. Jose Bautista, playing in his 1000th career game, doubled to start the rally.
After entering this season with a career ERA just under 7.00 against the Blue Jays, Rangers starter Colby Lewis turned in his second good start of the season against Toronto. Pitching with his usual “backwards” style (something he picked up while pitching overseas in Asia), Lewis held the Blue Jays to two runs over his seven innings on just four hits.
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Lewis got some serious run support in the second inning, as catcher Bobby Wilso (traded to Detroit earlier in the year only to be reacquired when they needed a catcher) belted his 2nd grand slam of the season.
Marco Estrada eventually settled his game down, allowing just one more run on a passed ball by catcher Russell Martin after a miscommunication between Ezequiel Carrera and Michael Saunders in the outfielder allowed a ball to fall.
Ryan Goins, who has been having a real hard time of things at the plate, blasted his second home run of the year over the right field wall to put the Jays on the board, but still down by a score of 4-1.
Brett Cecil was first out of the bullpen and allowed one hit over two-thirds of an inning. Joe Biagini pitched a scoreless inning and a third before handing off to Gavin Floyd, who surrendered the home run to Stubbs in the bottom of the tenth.
One of the Jays’ other big bats, Josh Donaldson, struggled at the plate going 0-for-5 but chipped in on defence, falling into the stands for an inning-ending out in the first.
Kevin Pillar was a late scratch with chest soreness, but entered the game as a substitute in the ninth inning.