Smoak hits HR in 9th, Blue Jays hand Tigers 11th loss in row

TORONTO (AP) Justin Smoak isn't a fan of extra innings, so he was doubly happy about his game-winning homer against the slumping Detroit Tigers.

Smoak led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Detroit 4-3 on Saturday, handing the Tigers their 11th straight loss.

''Honestly, nobody wants to play extra innings,'' Smoak said. ''To be able to do it in the ninth and get it over with is always a good feeling.''

This is Detroit's longest losing streak since an 11-game skid in August 2003, the year the Tigers lost 119 times. The Tigers last lost 12 straight in 1996.

Three of Detroit's 11 defeats, including the past two, have been one-run losses. The Tigers are 13-13 in one-run decisions.

''There's things we can do better but we're not playing bad,'' Tigers starter Matt Boyd said. ''It may seem dire, but it's not. We're close to where we want to be and we're going to come out on the other end of this.''

Smoak connected against reliever Joe Jimenez (3-1) for his 11th homer of the season. It was the second walk-off drive of his career, with the other coming in 2016 against Texas.

Smoak, who hit a two-run homer in Friday's 3-2 win, has gone deep in back-to-back games for the first time this season.

''I'm just trying to be aggressive and it's been better as of late,'' he said.

Seunghwan Oh (4-2) worked one inning for the win. Randal Grichuk also homered for the Blue Jays, who have won 10 of 11 at home.

John Hicks hit a solo homer in the Detroit second off Sam Gaviglio and Nick Castellanos made it 3-0 with a two-run shot in the third, his 12th.

Boyd held the Blue Jays hitless until Kevin Pillar's leadoff double in the fifth. Pillar moved to third on a one-out single by Aledmys Diaz and scored on a groundout by Devon Travis before Grichuk hit his tying homer.

''He was leaving the ball up just a little too much where they could get the bat head to it,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Boyd allowed three runs and four hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

''I made a few mistakes today and one of them went over the fence,'' Boyd said.

Gaviglio gave up three runs and four hits in seven innings, matching his longest outing of the season.

Leonys Martin and Castellanos hit consecutive singles off Joe Biagini in the eighth but the Blue Jays right-hander retired the next three batters in order.

''We had runners in position a couple of times,'' Gardenhire said. ''We just didn't come up with the big one.''

Martin helped preserve the 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth by throwing out Travis at home plate. Travis was trying to score from second on Yangervis Solarte's single to center, but couldn't beat Martin's one-hop throw. The assist was Martin's ninth, tying him with Seattle's Mitch Haniger for the AL lead.

With a heat alert in place for Toronto, the retractable roof at Rogers Centre was kept closed. The outdoor temperature was 88 degrees, with high humidity making it feel like 106.

CAGED TIGERS

Detroit has lost 12 of 14 in Toronto.

CRIME DOESN'T PAY

Blue Jays C Luke Maile threw out two runners attempting to steal, both at second base. Maile threw out Jeimer Candelario in the first and Grayson Greiner in the seventh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Alex Wilson had to leave in the eighth because of a sore left calf. Wilson missed almost a month earlier this season because of a strain in his left foot. ... RHP Drew VerHagen (nasal fracture) will join Triple A Toledo Saturday night to begin an injury rehabilitation assignment. VerHagen has been out since June 20.

Blue Jays: Toronto put RHP Ryan Tepera (elbow) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled RHP Jake Petricka from Triple-A Buffalo.

UP NEXT

Tigers RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-0, 4.35) faces Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ (10-3, 3.62) on Canada Day in Toronto. Zimmermann allowed seven runs in his previous start against Toronto on June 8, 2016. Happ has won six straight decisions and is unbeaten in eight outings.

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TOR39-43
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  • W: S. Oh (4-2)L: J. Jimenez (3-1)
  • HR: DET - N. Castellanos (12), J. Hicks (7), TOR - J. Smoak (11), R. Grichuk (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF40100021.256.327.432.7590.0
N. Castellanos RF41221010.309.356.517.8737.5
J. Candelario 3B30100102.239.344.462.8062.0
V. Martinez DH40000003.241.297.326.6230.0
N. Goodrum 2B40000004.220.304.414.7180.0
J. Hicks 1B31111112.284.329.446.7756.5
G. Greiner C30100111.229.296.292.5880.5
V. Reyes PR0000-000.206.206.279.000-
J. McCann C00000000.230.279.324.6030.0
J. Iglesias SS41100001.270.311.381.6922.0
J. Jones LF30000011.221.271.368.639-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Grichuk RF41121012.212.280.464.7436.5
    T. Hernandez LF30000120.257.309.513.8220.0
    Y. Solarte 3B30200100.256.313.454.7675.0
    K. Morales DH40000044.233.297.398.695-2.0
    J. Smoak 1B41111002.235.359.438.7976.0
    K. Pillar CF31100000.251.284.414.6983.0
    L. Maile C20000111.242.336.392.7270.5
    A. Diaz SS31100001.246.285.400.6852.0
    D. Travis 2B30110002.220.266.371.6372.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Candelario (17)
      • HR - N. Castellanos (12), J. Hicks (7)
      • SH - J. Jones
      • RBI - N. Castellanos 2 (49), J. Hicks (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos 2 (23), J. Hicks (13)
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Pillar (25)
      • HR - R. Grichuk (10), J. Smoak (11)
      • RBI - R. Grichuk 2 (27), J. Smoak (40), D. Travis (17)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Grichuk 2 (10)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Candelario, G. Greiner
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - Y. Solarte
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - L. Martin (9)
      • DP - (Candelario-Goodrum-Hicks)
      FIELDING
      • E - Y. Solarte (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Boyd6.04332714.181.2115.5
      A. Wilson1.11001003.941.161.0
      J. Jimenez (L, 3-1)0.22110112.771.08-7.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Boyd6.0
      A. Wilson1.1
      J. Jimenez (L, 3-1)0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gaviglio7.04333523.971.2016.5
      J. Biagini1.02000006.501.831.0
      S. Oh (W, 4-2)1.01000103.051.129.5
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gaviglio7.0
      J. Biagini1.0
      S. Oh (W, 4-2)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 87-57, A. Wilson 28-13, J. Jimenez 10-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 4-6, A. Wilson 2-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 23, A. Wilson 6, J. Jimenez 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gaviglio 97-59, J. Biagini 16-9, S. Oh 16-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gaviglio 10-5, J. Biagini 1-2, S. Oh 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Gaviglio 27, J. Biagini 5, S. Oh 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      DET36-48
      012000000370
      TOR39-43
      000030001471
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      L. Martin CF40100021.256.327.432.7590.0
      N. Castellanos RF41221010.309.356.517.8737.5
      J. Candelario 3B30100102.239.344.462.8062.0
      V. Martinez DH40000003.241.297.326.6230.0
      N. Goodrum 2B40000004.220.304.414.7180.0
      J. Hicks 1B31111112.284.329.446.7756.5
      G. Greiner C30100111.229.296.292.5880.5
      V. Reyes PR0000-000.206.206.279.000-
      J. McCann C00000000.230.279.324.6030.0
      J. Iglesias SS41100001.270.311.381.6922.0
      J. Jones LF30000011.221.271.368.639-0.5
      Total3237323615-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        R. Grichuk RF41121012.212.280.464.7436.5
        T. Hernandez LF30000120.257.309.513.8220.0
        Y. Solarte 3B30200100.256.313.454.7675.0
        K. Morales DH40000044.233.297.398.695-2.0
        J. Smoak 1B41111002.235.359.438.7976.0
        K. Pillar CF31100000.251.284.414.6983.0
        L. Maile C20000111.242.336.392.7270.5
        A. Diaz SS31100001.246.285.400.6852.0
        D. Travis 2B30110002.220.266.371.6372.0
        Total2947423812-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Candelario (17)
          • HR - N. Castellanos (12), J. Hicks (7)
          • SH - J. Jones
          • RBI - N. Castellanos 2 (49), J. Hicks (26)
          • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos 2 (23), J. Hicks (13)
          BATTING
          • 2B - K. Pillar (25)
          • HR - R. Grichuk (10), J. Smoak (11)
          • RBI - R. Grichuk 2 (27), J. Smoak (40), D. Travis (17)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Grichuk 2 (10)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - J. Candelario, G. Greiner
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - Y. Solarte
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - L. Martin (9)
          • DP - (Candelario-Goodrum-Hicks)
          FIELDING
          • E - Y. Solarte (4)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Boyd6.04332714.181.2115.5
          A. Wilson1.11001003.941.161.0
          J. Jimenez (L, 3-1)0.22110112.771.08-7.5
          Total8.0744382---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Boyd6.0
          A. Wilson1.1
          J. Jimenez (L, 3-1)0.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Gaviglio7.04333523.971.2016.5
          J. Biagini1.02000006.501.831.0
          S. Oh (W, 4-2)1.01000103.051.129.5
          Total9.0733362---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Gaviglio7.0
          J. Biagini1.0
          S. Oh (W, 4-2)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 87-57, A. Wilson 28-13, J. Jimenez 10-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 4-6, A. Wilson 2-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 23, A. Wilson 6, J. Jimenez 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gaviglio 97-59, J. Biagini 16-9, S. Oh 16-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gaviglio 10-5, J. Biagini 1-2, S. Oh 1-1
          • Batters Faced - S. Gaviglio 27, J. Biagini 5, S. Oh 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Smoak homered to right center34
          • 5TH INNING
            Grichuk homered to left, Diaz scored33
            Travis grounded out to third, Pillar scored, Diaz to second31
          • 3RD INNING
            Castellanos homered to left, Iglesias scored30
          • 2ND INNING
            Hicks homered to left10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved Joe Biagini
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Hicks grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Greiner: Ball, Greiner singled to center
            • Victor Reyes ran for Grayson Greiner
            • J. Iglesias: Foul, Foul, Iglesias lined out to right
            • J. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • James McCann catching
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak homered to right center
          • 8TH INNING
            • Joe Biagini relieved Sam Gaviglio
            • L. Martin: Foul, Martin singled to center
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Castellanos reached on an infield single to pitcher, Martin to second
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Candelario flied out to shallow center
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to pitcher, Martin to third, Castellanos to second
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum lined out to right
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Wilson Pitching:
            • D. Travis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Travis reached on an infield single to second
            • R. Grichuk: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Grichuk grounded out to third, Travis to second
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
            • Y. Solarte: Ball, Ball
            • Solarte singled to shallow center, Travis out at home, Hernandez to third
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Solarte stole second, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • G. Greiner: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Greiner walked
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Greiner caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Foul, Iglesias flied out to center
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Jones lined out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Alex Wilson relieved Matthew Boyd
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar grounded out to pitcher
            • L. Maile: Ball, Maile lined out to center
            • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz lined out to right
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • J. Candelario: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Candelario doubled to deep right
            • V. Martinez: Martinez safe at first on 3rd baseman Solarte fielding error
            • N. Goodrum: Goodrum reached on fielder's choice to second, Candelario to third, Martinez out at second
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike swinging, Solarte singled to shallow center
            • K. Morales: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Smoak grounded into double play third to second to first, Solarte out at second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Jones: Jones grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pillar doubled to deep left
            • L. Maile: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
            • A. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Diaz singled to shallow left, Pillar to third
            • D. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Travis grounded out to third, Pillar scored, Diaz to second
            • R. Grichuk: Foul, Ball, Foul, Grichuk homered to left, Diaz scored
            • T. Hernandez: Foul, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to third
            • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez flied out to left
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goodrum flied out to deep center
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
            • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Greiner grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Hicks out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • Y. Solarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Solarte walked
            • K. Morales: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Morales struck out looking
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smoak popped out to first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Foul, Iglesias singled to shallow center
            • J. Jones: Jones hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Iglesias to second
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos homered to left, Iglesias scored
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Candelario grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • L. Maile: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maile walked
            • A. Diaz: Diaz flied out to center
            • D. Travis: Ball, Ball, Travis lined out to shortstop
            • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Martinez grounded out to third
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Goodrum grounded out to first
            • J. Hicks: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks homered to left
            • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Greiner struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Smoak flied out to deep center
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar fouled out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Martin lined out to center
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos grounded out to second
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Candelario walked
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Candelario caught stealing, catcher to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Solarte flied out to right
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)