Martin's HR in 8th lifts Blue Jays past Rays, 7-6

TORONTO (AP) Russell Martin came through to help the Toronto Blue Jays get a big win after they gave up a late lead.

The veteran catcher hit a tiebreaking home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Blue Jays to a 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.

It came right after the Rays scored three in the top of the inning to tie the score.

''I felt like our team at that moment needed that,'' Martin said. ''So a nice bounce-back win, a collective win, I feel like we kind of battled that one out.''

Kendrys Morales homered among his two hits and drove in four runs for the Blue Jays.

Trailing 6-3, the Rays tied it on Logan Morrison's 19th homer, a two-run shot off reliever Joe Smith (3-0) and Derek Norris' sacrifice fly. Martin then connected for his sixth home run of the season off reliever Jose Alvarado (0-1) over the center-right-field fence in the bottom half.

It was the first homer Alvarado has given up all season, and Rays manager Kevin Cash wasn't second-guessing his decision to put the reliever in the game after tying the score.

''I think the guy's earned the opportunity to come in there and pitch,'' Cash said. ''You could tell Martin's approach from the first pitch what he was trying to do and he made an adjustment, got a pitch he could hit and knocked it out of the park.''

Roberto Osuna ensured it stood up in the ninth, finally forcing Evan Longoria to pop out to second base to earn his 17th save of the season - and 16th in a row, the longest active streak in the majors.

The Blue Jays recovered for the win after Nelson Liriano lasted a season-high seven innings against a Tampa Bay team that chased him after just 1/3 of an inning in his season-opener, the shortest start of his career. Though the no-decision left him at 99 career wins, Liriano held Tampa to five hits and two earned runs, striking out nine.

''Shoot, he was dynamite,'' manager John Gibbons said after seeing his team split the two-game series with the Rays.

After surrendering two runs in the third, Liriano was on the verge of getting pulled after loading the bases with none out on two walks and a bunt in the fourth inning. However, he escaped the jam, giving up just one run, before retiring the next seven batters.

''It was big,'' Liriano said through a translator of getting out of that inning. ''I just tried to execute pitches, let the guys behind me do the work and it worked out pretty well.''

With the Blue Jays trailing 3-2 in the fifth, Morales hit a three-run shot into the second deck in right field for his 13th home run of the season and fourth RBI of the game. Morales also had a run-scoring grounder in the third for Toronto's first run.

Nine of Morales' home runs have either tied the game or given Toronto a lead this season.

Tampa starter Jake Oderizzi was knocked out of the game in the fifth inning, after surrendering the three-run shot to Morales. It marked the ninth consecutive appearance that Odorizzi had allowed a homer, a career high and the second-longest active streak in the majors behind 11 by Jesse Chavez of the Los Angeles Angels.

''There's definitely way better in me than what I'm doing right now and I will be better and I'll be better hopefully soon,'' he said.

GAME OF FIRSTS

After being called up from Triple-A Buffalo to replace the injured Ezequiel Carrera, OF Dwight Smith Jr. made the most of his opportunity, registering his first hit at Rogers Centre, his first career three-hit game and his first major-league steal.

GOING DEEP

Morales' home run was measured at 465 feet, the longest home run by any Blue Jays player this season.

DRAFT PICK

With their 11th-round pick, the Rays took University of Kentucky RHP Justin Lewis, who is the cousin of both Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowler Richard Sherman and former NBA forward Chuck Hayes.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: SS/2B Tim Beckham's knee responded well to treatment, according to Cash, and is expected to play this weekend in Detroit.

Blue Jays: OF Carrera was placed on the 10-day DL on Wednesday with a fractured right foot. The left fielder suffered fouled a ball off his foot in Tuesday night's loss to the Rays and while X-rays were negative, a CT scan Wednesday showed the fracture. ... Gibbons said OF Steve Pearce, out since May 15 with a calf strain, should rejoin the team by the weekend.

UP NEXT

Rays: The Rays visit Detroit for a four-game series beginning Thursday, when RHP Alex Cobb (5-5, 4.29) will take on RHP Justin Verlander (4-4, 4.68).

Blue Jays: After a day off, Toronto will open a three-game series against the White Sox on Friday with a matchup between RHP Joe Biagini (1-5, 3.38) and Chicago LHP Jose Quintana (2-8, 5.30).

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TB35-33
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TOR32-33
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  • W: J. Smith (3-0)L: J. Alvarado (0-1)S: R. Osuna (17)
  • HR: TB - L. Morrison (19), TOR - R. Martin (6), K. Morales (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
P. Bourjos LF51100033.229.289.400.6890.5
C. Dickerson DH50120011.335.372.608.9804.5
E. Longoria 3B51100011.259.325.426.7511.5
L. Morrison 1B41121021.239.342.550.8936.0
S. Souza RF21100210.259.372.473.8456.5
M. Smith CF41100022.348.412.457.8681.0
D. Robertson SS20000111.209.312.358.6700.5
a- C. Rasmus PH10100000.275.316.587.9033.0
M. Martinez 2B0000-000.176.263.206.000-
D. Norris C30010003.188.246.339.5851.0
T. Featherston 2B-SS31110001.182.231.455.6853.0
  • a-singled for Robertson in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Pillar CF42000133.257.314.420.7353.5
J. Donaldson 3B30000224.315.419.6521.0711.0
J. Bautista RF41210113.232.348.416.7645.5
K. Morales DH41241002.254.307.470.77710.0
J. Smoak 1B40000004.293.353.586.9390.0
T. Tulowitzki SS40000001.226.280.330.6100.0
R. Martin C42211000.227.366.394.7608.0
D. Smith LF40300010.500.556.6251.1814.5
R. Goins 2B21100001.208.268.326.5942.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Souza (11)
    • 3B - C. Dickerson (3)
    • HR - L. Morrison (19)
    • SF - D. Norris (4), T. Featherston
    • RBI - C. Dickerson 2 (34), L. Morrison 2 (43), D. Norris (21), T. Featherston (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Bautista (10)
    • HR - K. Morales (13), R. Martin (6)
    • SH - R. Goins 2 (4)
    • RBI - J. Bautista (30), K. Morales 4 (38), R. Martin (12)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - S. Souza (3), C. Rasmus
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - K. Pillar (10), D. Smith
    FIELDING
    • E - T. Featherston, D. Norris (6)
    FIELDING
    • E - R. Goins (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Odorizzi4.15533413.771.233.0
    C. Whitley2.23110103.070.992.5
    J. Alvarado (L, 0-1)1.02111213.941.06-5.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Odorizzi4.1
    C. Whitley2.2
    J. Alvarado (L, 0-1)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Liriano7.05322905.361.6319.5
    J. Smith (W, 3-0) (BS, 1)1.03331113.411.143.5
    R. Osuna (S, 17)1.00000102.770.8110.5
    PITCHERSIP
    F. Liriano7.0
    J. Smith (W, 3-0) (BS, 1)1.0
    R. Osuna (S, 17)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Whitley
    • IBB - J. Alvarado
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 99-55, C. Whitley 31-23, J. Alvarado 16-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 2-8, C. Whitley 5-2, J. Alvarado 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 22, C. Whitley 11, J. Alvarado 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 100-60, J. Smith 23-14, R. Osuna 21-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 6-7, J. Smith 1-1, R. Osuna 1-1
    • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 29, J. Smith 7, R. Osuna 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TB35-33
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    TOR32-33
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    P. Bourjos LF51100033.229.289.400.6890.5
    C. Dickerson DH50120011.335.372.608.9804.5
    E. Longoria 3B51100011.259.325.426.7511.5
    L. Morrison 1B41121021.239.342.550.8936.0
    S. Souza RF21100210.259.372.473.8456.5
    M. Smith CF41100022.348.412.457.8681.0
    D. Robertson SS20000111.209.312.358.6700.5
    a- C. Rasmus PH10100000.275.316.587.9033.0
    M. Martinez 2B0000-000.176.263.206.000-
    D. Norris C30010003.188.246.339.5851.0
    T. Featherston 2B-SS31110001.182.231.455.6853.0
    Total34686131113-----
    • a-singled for Robertson in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Pillar CF42000133.257.314.420.7353.5
    J. Donaldson 3B30000224.315.419.6521.0711.0
    J. Bautista RF41210113.232.348.416.7645.5
    K. Morales DH41241002.254.307.470.77710.0
    J. Smoak 1B40000004.293.353.586.9390.0
    T. Tulowitzki SS40000001.226.280.330.6100.0
    R. Martin C42211000.227.366.394.7608.0
    D. Smith LF40300010.500.556.6251.1814.5
    R. Goins 2B21100001.208.268.326.5942.0
    Total33710624718-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Souza (11)
      • 3B - C. Dickerson (3)
      • HR - L. Morrison (19)
      • SF - D. Norris (4), T. Featherston
      • RBI - C. Dickerson 2 (34), L. Morrison 2 (43), D. Norris (21), T. Featherston (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bautista (10)
      • HR - K. Morales (13), R. Martin (6)
      • SH - R. Goins 2 (4)
      • RBI - J. Bautista (30), K. Morales 4 (38), R. Martin (12)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - S. Souza (3), C. Rasmus
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Pillar (10), D. Smith
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Featherston, D. Norris (6)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Goins (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi4.15533413.771.233.0
      C. Whitley2.23110103.070.992.5
      J. Alvarado (L, 0-1)1.02111213.941.06-5.0
      Total8.01075472---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi4.1
      C. Whitley2.2
      J. Alvarado (L, 0-1)1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Liriano7.05322905.361.6319.5
      J. Smith (W, 3-0) (BS, 1)1.03331113.411.143.5
      R. Osuna (S, 17)1.00000102.770.8110.5
      Total9.08653111---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Liriano7.0
      J. Smith (W, 3-0) (BS, 1)1.0
      R. Osuna (S, 17)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Whitley
      • IBB - J. Alvarado
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 99-55, C. Whitley 31-23, J. Alvarado 16-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 2-8, C. Whitley 5-2, J. Alvarado 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 22, C. Whitley 11, J. Alvarado 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 100-60, J. Smith 23-14, R. Osuna 21-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 6-7, J. Smith 1-1, R. Osuna 1-1
      • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 29, J. Smith 7, R. Osuna 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Martin homered to center66
        Norris hit sacrifice fly to right, Souza scored66
        Morrison homered to center, Longoria scored56
      • 6TH INNING
        Martin scored, Smith to third on wild pitch36
      • 5TH INNING
        Morales homered to right, Pillar and Bautista scored35
        Bautista singled to center, Goins scored, Pillar to third32
      • 4TH INNING
        Featherston hit sacrifice fly to center, Smith scored, Robertson to third31
      • 3RD INNING
        Morales reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Pillar scored, Bautista out at second21
        Dickerson tripled to deep right center, Featherston and Bourjos scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Roberto Osuna relieved Joe Smith
        • P. Bourjos: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bourjos struck out looking
        • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Dickerson grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Longoria popped out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joe Smith relieved Francisco Liriano
        • E. Longoria: Longoria singled to right
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Morrison homered to center, Longoria scored
        • S. Souza: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Souza walked
        • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
        • Colby Rasmus hit for Daniel Robertson
        • C. Rasmus: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rasmus singled to right, Souza to third
        • D. Norris: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Norris hit sacrifice fly to right, Souza scored
        • T. Featherston: Ball, Rasmus stole second, Featherston grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jose Alvarado relieved Chase Whitley
        • Michael Martinez at second
        • R. Martin: Strike swinging, Martin homered to center
        • D. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Smith reached on an infield single to second
        • R. Goins: Goins hit sacrifice bunt to third, Smith to second
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Smith stole third
        • J. Donaldson: Donaldson intentionally walked
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • D. Norris: Ball, Norris grounded out to third
        • T. Featherston: Featherston singled to right
        • P. Bourjos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bourjos grounded out to pitcher, Featherston to second
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Whitley Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Bautista doubled to center
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales grounded out to shortstop, Bautista to third
        • J. Smoak: Smoak grounded out to first
        • T. Tulowitzki: Strike looking, Tulowitzki grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Souza struck out looking
        • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • D. Robertson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Whitley Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Martin singled to center
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smith singled to center, Martin to second
        • R. Goins: Goins hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Martin to third, Smith to second
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin scored, Smith to third on wild pitch
        • J. Donaldson: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Donaldson grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dickerson grounded out to first
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Longoria flied out to right
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Morrison popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goins singled to center
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pillar safe at first on shortstop Featherston fielding error, Goins to third
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
        • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Bautista singled to center, Goins scored, Pillar to third
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Morales homered to right, Pillar and Bautista scored
        • Chase Whitley relieved Jake Odorizzi
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak lined out to shortstop
        • T. Tulowitzki: Ball, Tulowitzki fouled out to first
        • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Souza walked
        • M. Smith: Smith reached on bunt single to pitcher, Souza to second
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Souza stole third, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Robertson walked, Smith to second
        • D. Norris: Ball, Ball, Foul, Norris reached on fielder's choice to third, Souza out at home, Smith to third, Robertson to second
        • T. Featherston: Ball, Ball, Featherston hit sacrifice fly to center, Smith scored, Robertson to third
        • P. Bourjos: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • T. Tulowitzki: Strike looking, Tulowitzki lined out to right
        • R. Martin: Ball, Martin lined out to shortstop
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • D. Norris: Norris flied out to right
        • T. Featherston: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Featherston safe at first on shortstop Goins fielding error
        • P. Bourjos: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bourjos reached on an infield single to shortstop, Featherston to second
        • C. Dickerson: Dickerson tripled to deep right center, Featherston and Bourjos scored
        • E. Longoria: Longoria reached on fielder's choice to third, Dickerson out at home
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pillar walked
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pillar to third on catcher Norris fielding error
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bautista walked
        • K. Morales: Foul, Morales reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Pillar scored, Bautista out at second
        • J. Smoak: Smoak fouled out to third
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • S. Souza: Souza doubled to left center
        • M. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Smith popped bunt out to third
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Robertson flied out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • T. Tulowitzki: Foul, Strike swinging, Tulowitzki flied out to deep right
        • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin popped out to shortstop
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smith singled to center
        • R. Goins: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Goins popped out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
        • C. Dickerson: Dickerson fouled out to second
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Longoria struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Donaldson walked
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bautista flied out to center
        • K. Morales: Ball, Morales singled to left, Donaldson to second
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak fouled out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)