Smoak homers, Blue Jays beat Rays 4-1 to end 3-game skid

TORONTO (AP) As they try to recover from a tough start, the stakes sure feel high to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Justin Smoak had three hits, including a two-run homer, and the Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 Saturday to end a three-game losing streak.

Smoak went 3 for 3 and scored twice as Toronto improved to 7-17.

''Every win, we need,'' Smoak said.

It was Smoak's fifth multihit game of the season. He raised his average to .274.

''We're counting on him and he's off to a good start,'' manager John Gibbons said.

Francisco Liriano (2-2) allowed one run and four hits in five-plus innings. He walked four and struck out six.

''We're in April but every game we play feels like it's the playoffs right now,'' Liriano said.

Last-place Toronto got swept in a doubleheader at St. Louis on Thursday, then lost a late lead in the series opener against the Rays on Friday.

''We think good things are on their way, we really do,'' Gibbons said. ''But today was a huge game.''

Liriano was replaced by Joe Biagini after a walk and an error put Rays at first and second with none out in the sixth. Tim Beckham struck out trying to bunt, pinch hitter Brad Miller went down swinging and pinch hitter Logan Morrison grounded out.

''Those are the guys we want at the plate when the game is on the line,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Biagini worked two innings, Joe Smith pitched the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished for his second save.

Osuna had acknowledged his confidence was shaken after blowing saves in three of his previous five appearances, but got back on track by relying more on his four-seam fastball, a suggestion made by catcher Russell Martin.

''A lot more confidence today,'' Osuna said. ''Hopefully I can keep pitching like this.''

Matt Andriese (1-1) gave up four runs in seven innings.

Rays outfielder Steven Souza left the game in the seventh after being hit on the back of the left hand by a pitch from Biagini. X-rays were negative and Souza is day-to-day.

Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the first when Jose Bautista scored from second on a throwing error by Beckham from shortstop. The inning ended one batter later when Kendrys Morales tried to score from second on Smoak's single, but was thrown out by center fielder Kevin Kiermaier.

Beckham slid around Martin's tag to score the tying run in the second, coming home on Jesus Sucre's single to right. Plate umpire Sam Holbrook initially ruled Beckham out, but the call was overturned following a replay review.

The Blue Jays reclaimed their lead in the fourth on Martin's RBI double, then widened their edge in the seventh when Smoak connected off Andriese. The homer was Smoak's fourth.

''It's kind of a tough one to swallow with that two-run home run,'' Andriese said. ''I was trying to keep us within striking distance but Smoak put a good swing on a good pitch.''

END OF THE LINE

Blue Jays leadoff batter Kevin Pillar went 0 for 4, failing to reach base for the first time in 16 games.

ILL-FATED INITIATIVE

Cash said Beckham was bunting on his own when he fouled-off a two-strike attempt and struck out in the sixth.

ONE AND DONE

Tampa Bay was held to one run or less for the fifth time.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi (left hamstring) is expected to come off the 10-day DL to start at Miami on Monday.

Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (elbow) made between 30 and 40 throws on flat ground in the outfield and reported no pain. Happ last threw on April 20. ... 3B Josh Donaldson (right calf) and SS Troy Tulowitzki (right hamstring) both took batting practice and played catch before the game.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Chris Archer (2-1, 3.94) has 20 career starts against Toronto, more than any other opponent. He's 6-4 with a 3.17 ERA in those outings.

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (blister) is expected come off the 10-day DL and start Sunday's series finale. Sanchez (0-0, 4.38) allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings in his previous start, April 14 against Baltimore. Toronto optioned LHP Matt Dermody to Triple-A following Saturday's game to open a spot for Sanchez.

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  • W: F. Liriano (2-2)L: M. Andriese (1-1)S: R. Osuna (2)
  • HR: TOR - J. Smoak (4)
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D. Norris C10000010.182.211.258.469-0.5
C. Dickerson DH40200001.337.374.6511.0252.0
T. Beckham SS31000135.272.306.494.8000.5
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b- L. Morrison 1B20000004.237.333.461.7940.0
P. Bourjos RF40000002.161.257.258.5150.0
  • a-struck out for Robertson in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Sucre in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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E. Carrera LF40100001.302.323.397.7201.0
J. Bautista RF22000202.163.302.221.5236.0
K. Morales DH40000011.213.267.362.629-0.5
J. Smoak 1B32321000.274.308.521.82810.0
R. Martin C30210000.213.360.393.7534.0
C. Coghlan 3B30000022.214.303.250.553-1.0
D. Barney 2B30000012.304.333.326.659-0.5
R. Goins SS20000100.214.283.357.6401.0
    BATTING
    • RBI - J. Sucre (7)
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Martin (2)
    • HR - J. Smoak (4)
    • RBI - J. Smoak 2 (12), R. Martin (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Bautista
    • Picked Off - C. Coghlan
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - K. Kiermaier (2)
    • DP - L. Morrison, B. Miller, R. Garton
    • E - T. Beckham (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - D. Barney, R. Goins, J. Smoak
    • E - C. Coghlan (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Andriese (L, 1-1)7.05433413.861.1410.0
    R. Garton1.010000011.571.002.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Andriese (L, 1-1)7.0
    R. Garton1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Liriano (W, 2-2)5.04114603.971.6016.0
    J. Biagini (H, 4)2.00000202.120.007.0
    J. Smith (H, 2)1.01001202.312.002.0
    R. Osuna (S, 2)1.00000006.430.0010.0
    PITCHERSIP
    F. Liriano (W, 2-2)5.0
    J. Biagini (H, 4)2.0
    J. Smith (H, 2)1.0
    R. Osuna (S, 2)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Andriese 105-73, R. Garton 10-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Andriese 8-8, R. Garton 2-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Andriese 28, R. Garton 3
    • Balks - M. Andriese
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Biagini (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 99-59, J. Biagini 24-15, J. Smith 21-14, R. Osuna 12-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 7-2, J. Biagini 3-1, R. Osuna 1-2
    • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 23, J. Biagini 7, J. Smith 5, R. Osuna 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Souza RF20100110.330.411.543.9542.5
    S. Peterson LF10000000.286.324.429.7530.0
    K. Kiermaier CF50000013.219.306.302.608-0.5
    E. Longoria 3B40000013.216.306.392.698-0.5
    R. Weeks 1B20100111.200.349.343.6921.5
    D. Norris C10000010.182.211.258.469-0.5
    C. Dickerson DH40200001.337.374.6511.0252.0
    T. Beckham SS31000135.272.306.494.8000.5
    D. Robertson 2B10000112.185.290.296.5870.5
    a- B. Miller 2B10000112.214.353.357.7100.5
    J. Sucre C20110002.292.320.417.7372.0
    b- L. Morrison 1B20000004.237.333.461.7940.0
    P. Bourjos RF40000002.161.257.258.5150.0
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    • a-struck out for Robertson in the 6th
    • b-grounded out for Sucre in the 6th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Pillar CF40000001.313.352.525.8780.0
    E. Carrera LF40100001.302.323.397.7201.0
    J. Bautista RF22000202.163.302.221.5236.0
    K. Morales DH40000011.213.267.362.629-0.5
    J. Smoak 1B32321000.274.308.521.82810.0
    R. Martin C30210000.213.360.393.7534.0
    C. Coghlan 3B30000022.214.303.250.553-1.0
    D. Barney 2B30000012.304.333.326.659-0.5
    R. Goins SS20000100.214.283.357.6401.0
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      BATTING
      • RBI - J. Sucre (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Martin (2)
      • HR - J. Smoak (4)
      • RBI - J. Smoak 2 (12), R. Martin (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Bautista
      • Picked Off - C. Coghlan
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - K. Kiermaier (2)
      • DP - L. Morrison, B. Miller, R. Garton
      • E - T. Beckham (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - D. Barney, R. Goins, J. Smoak
      • E - C. Coghlan (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Andriese (L, 1-1)7.05433413.861.1410.0
      R. Garton1.010000011.571.002.0
      Total8.0643341---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Andriese (L, 1-1)7.0
      R. Garton1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Liriano (W, 2-2)5.04114603.971.6016.0
      J. Biagini (H, 4)2.00000202.120.007.0
      J. Smith (H, 2)1.01001202.312.002.0
      R. Osuna (S, 2)1.00000006.430.0010.0
      Total9.05115100---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Liriano (W, 2-2)5.0
      J. Biagini (H, 4)2.0
      J. Smith (H, 2)1.0
      R. Osuna (S, 2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Andriese 105-73, R. Garton 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Andriese 8-8, R. Garton 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Andriese 28, R. Garton 3
      • Balks - M. Andriese
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Biagini (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 99-59, J. Biagini 24-15, J. Smith 21-14, R. Osuna 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 7-2, J. Biagini 3-1, R. Osuna 1-2
      • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 23, J. Biagini 7, J. Smith 5, R. Osuna 3
      • 6TH INNING
        Smoak homered to center, Bautista scored14
      • 4TH INNING
        Martin doubled to left center, Smoak scored12
      • 2ND INNING
        Sucre singled to right, Beckham scored, Robertson to third11
      • 1ST INNING
        Morales safe at first on shortstop Beckham fielding error, Bautista scored, Morales to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • R. Osuna Pitching:
        • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Bourjos flied out to right
        • S. Peterson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Peterson lined out to right
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Smith Pitching:
        • D. Norris: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Norris struck out swinging
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Dickerson singled to right
        • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
        • B. Miller: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Miller walked, Dickerson to second
        • L. Morrison: Foul, Morrison flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Garton Pitching:
        • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Carrera singled to left
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bautista grounded into double play second to pitcher to first, Carrera out at second
        • K. Morales: Morales grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Biagini Pitching:
        • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Foul, Bourjos grounded out to second
        • S. Souza: Ball, Souza hit by pitch
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Kiermaier lined out to shortstop
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Longoria grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Andriese Pitching:
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Barney struck out swinging
        • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Goins flied out to center
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • R. Weeks: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Weeks walked
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dickerson safe at first on 3rd baseman Coghlan fielding error, Weeks to second
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Beckham struck out bunting foul
        • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Miller struck out on foul tip
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Morrison grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Andriese Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bautista walked
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Bautista stole second, Foul, Ball, Morales grounded out to third, Bautista to third
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Foul, Smoak homered to center, Bautista scored
        • R. Martin: Ball, Martin grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Coghlan: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Coghlan struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • P. Bourjos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bourjos grounded out to third
        • S. Souza: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Souza walked
        • K. Kiermaier: Pickoff attempt, Kiermaier reached on fielder's choice to second, Souza out at second
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Andriese Pitching:
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Goins fouled out to shortstop
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pillar flied out to right
        • E. Carrera: Carrera flied out to left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • R. Weeks: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Weeks singled to left
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson singled to left, Weeks to second
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Sucre grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Andriese Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Smoak singled to right
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Martin doubled to left center, Smoak scored
        • C. Coghlan: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Coghlan struck out swinging
        • D. Barney: Barney popped out to catcher
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Souza struck out looking
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to second
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Longoria flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Andriese Pitching:
        • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goins walked
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pillar flied out to center
        • E. Carrera: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Goins to second on balk, Carrera grounded out to catcher, Goins to third
        • J. Bautista: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Bautista flied out to center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Dickerson grounded out to third
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Beckham walked
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Robertson walked, Beckham to second
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Strike swinging, Sucre singled to right, Beckham out at home, Robertson to third, Sucre singled to right, Beckham scored, Robertson to third
        • P. Bourjos: Strike swinging, Bourjos grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Sucre out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Andriese Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Martin singled to center
        • C. Coghlan: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Coghlan reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Martin out at second
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Ball, Barney grounded out to first, Coghlan to second
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Coghlan picked off at second, catcher to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Souza singled to left
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Foul, Ball, Longoria flied out to right
        • R. Weeks: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Weeks struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Andriese Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pillar lined out to center
        • E. Carrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Carrera grounded out to third
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bautista walked
        • K. Morales: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Morales safe at first on shortstop Beckham fielding error, Bautista scored, Morales to second
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak singled to center, Morales out at home
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)