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Lawrie's walk-off HR caps Jays' rally

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TORONTO -- Jose Bautista crushed a no-doubt home run, but the two blasts that meant the most to the Blue Jays on Tuesday night both needed a lucky bounce to get over the wall.

Brett Lawrie hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and Toronto rallied from 5-0 down to beat the Texas Rangers 8-7.

"This was kind of a character win, to get down five runs as we did," Toronto manager John Farrell said.

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Lawrie's game winner was one of two Blue Jays home runs to bounce out after striking the top of the wall. The same thing happened on Kelly Johnson's three-run shot in the third

"I've never seen two of them," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Guess they know their ballpark pretty good."

After Francisco Cordero blew a save opportunity in the top of the ninth, Lawrie won it in the bottom half with a leadoff home run against Mike Adams (0-1), his third.

"It shows a lot about this team and the heart that we have," Lawrie said. "We're not going to quit until the end."

Adams wasn't sure at first whether Lawrie's drive had enough to clear the fence.

"I thought it might hit off the wall," Adams said. "Obviously it hit off the top of the wall and continued going."

Bautista went back-to-back with Johnson in the third, the first time this season the Blue Jays have hit consecutive home runs. Bautista's towering drive, off the facing of the third deck, was his fourth homer and first since April 23 at Kansas City.

"Hopefully it's a chance for him to just take a deep breath and take some of the weight off his shoulders," Farrell said. "He's been pressing, there's no doubt about it."

Cordero (1-1) got the win despite allowing Michael Young's game-tying single in the ninth.

Trailing 6-4 in the seventh inning, Toronto took advantage of some sloppy Texas fielding to score three runs and take the lead.

Leadoff hitter Eric Thames reached on a fielding error by shortstop Elvis Andrus, Lawrie singled and Colby Rasmus was safe when catcher Mike Napoli couldn't make a play on his slow roller in front of the plate, and was charged with an error.

Alexi Ogando called out of the bullpen to replace Robbie Ross and Jeff Mathis greeted him by driving in Thames on a fielder's choice, with Rasmus forced out at second, before Lawrie tied it at 6 by scoring on Yunel Escobar's grounder, with Mathis staying out of the double play by running on the pitch. Johnson followed with a single to center that Craig gentry bobbled, allowing Mathis to score the tiebreaking run.

"They beat us," Washington said. "We may have helped them a little bit but they beat us."

The rally completed Toronto's comeback from Texas' five-run, bat-around second.

Making his third career start, Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison struck out the first four batters of the game before running into trouble.

David Murphy singled, Mike Napoli walked and Mitch Moreland singled to load the bases for Alberto Gonzalez, who hit an RBI single to right. Another run scored on Gentry's fielder's choice, with Gonzalez forced at second. Gentry stole second before Ian Kinsler lined a two-run double to right. Andrus capped the rally with an RBI single.

Toronto closed the deficit with Johnson and Bautista's homers in the third, both of which came off Rangers starter Neftali Feliz. The righty allowed four runs and four hits in five-plus innings. He walked a career-high six and struck out four.

"The main thing was he just couldn't get the ball down," Washington said. "He kept it elevated."

Hutchison gave up six runs, five earned, and seven hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out five.

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton (back) sat for the second successive game and remains day to day, while third baseman Adrian Beltre was held out of the starting lineup but pinch hit for Gentry in the ninth, striking out.

Napoli left the game in the ninth complaining of vision problems in his right eye and was replaced by Yorvit Torrealba.

"I don't really know how to explain it," Napoli said. "It was just something weird that was happening with my eye. It went away. I can see fine now. I'm going to go see a doctor. "

Notes

  • The Blue Jays have blown six saves.
  • With Hamilton out, Gentry made his second straight start in CF. Gonzalez replaced Beltre at 3B.
  • Home plate umpire Sam Holbrook ejected Blue Jays infielder Omar Vizquel, 45, for arguing balls and strikes from the bench in the top of the fifth.
  • Canadian-born Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins, who pitched for the Rangers for six seasons, attended the game.
  • Rangers LH Matt Harrison faces Blue Jays LH Ricky Romero in Wednesday afternoon's finale. Game time is 12:37 EST.
 
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Canadian pride Brett Lawrie jumps for joy after hitting the walk-off homer in front of the home crowd. (Getty Images)
Canadian pride Brett Lawrie jumps for joy after hitting the walk-off homer in front of the home crowd. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Toronto

K. Johnson
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Texas

I. Kinsler
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5223010 .303
Elvis Andrus, SS5031011 .283
Michael Young, DH5011013 .319
Nelson Cruz, RF5000012 .234
David Murphy, LF-CF4120000 .281
Mike Napoli, C2100201 .250
    Yorvit Torrealba, C0000000 .227
Mitch Moreland, 1B4110012 .232
Alberto Gonzalez, 3B4121000 .412
Craig Gentry, CF3101000 .265
   a- Adrian Beltre, PH1000010 .317
    Brandon Snyder, LF0000000 .333
Totals38711726  
a-struck out for Gentry in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (8, Hutchison)
RBI - Ian Kinsler 3 (15), Elvis Andrus (11), Michael Young (14), Alberto Gonzalez (3), Craig Gentry (6)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler 2 (7), Elvis Andrus (4), Michael Young (10)
SB - Craig Gentry (3, 2nd base off Hutchison/Mathis)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Kinsler-Andrus-Moreland, Gonzalez-Kinsler-Moreland, Andrus-Kinsler-Moreland, Andrus-Kinsler-Moreland
E - Elvis Andrus (1, Misplayed grounder), Mike Napoli (2, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Neftali Feliz 5444642 3.81
Robbie Ross (H,1) 1130000 1.74
Alexi Ogando (BS,1) 2100010 0.71
Mike Adams (L,0-1)0111001 2.45
WP - Alexi Ogando (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Neftali Feliz 88-46, Robbie Ross 21-13, Alexi Ogando 22-14, Mike Adams 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Neftali Feliz 4-3, Robbie Ross 4-0, Alexi Ogando 3-2
Batters Faced - Neftali Feliz 21, Robbie Ross 5, Alexi Ogando 7, Mike Adams 1
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Yunel Escobar, SS4011001 .217
Kelly Johnson, 2B3124101 .250
Jose Bautista, RF3111111 .186
Adam Lind, 1B4000021 .203
Edwin Encarnacion, DH3010101 .323
Eric Thames, LF4100012 .290
    Rajai Davis, LF0000000 .185
Brett Lawrie, 3B4221001 .287
Colby Rasmus, CF1100110 .229
Jeff Mathis, C1201200 .294
Totals2787865  
Batting
HR - Kelly Johnson (5, Feliz), Jose Bautista (4, Feliz), Brett Lawrie (3, Adams)
SH - Colby Rasmus (1)
RBI - Yunel Escobar (8), Kelly Johnson 4 (12), Jose Bautista (11), Brett Lawrie (14), Jeff Mathis (5)
2-OUT RBI - Kelly Johnson 4 (7), Jose Bautista (2)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Escobar-Lind
E - Yunel Escobar (4, Missed catch of throw), Kelly Johnson (4, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Drew Hutchison 6765250 6.61
Carlos Villanueva 1.2100000 4.66
Darren Oliver (H,4) 0.1000000 2.25
Francisco Cordero (BS,2; W,1-1) 1311010 5.73
Pitches-Strikes - Drew Hutchison 100-61, Carlos Villanueva 14-9, Darren Oliver 9-6, Francisco Cordero 21-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Hutchison 7-7, Carlos Villanueva 3-1, Francisco Cordero 2-0
Batters Faced - Drew Hutchison 28, Carlos Villanueva 5, Darren Oliver 1, Francisco Cordero 6
Game Information
Attendance - 18774
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West