TORONTO (AP) – Justin Smoak is not a fan of extra innings, so he was thrilled twice over his game-winning Homer against the crashing Detroit Tigers.
Smoak led the bottom of Ninth with a home run and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated Detroit 4-3 on Saturday, handing the Tigers their 11th straight loss.
"Honestly, nobody wants to play extra innings," Smoak said. "It's always a good feeling to make it in the ninth round."
This is Detroit's longest losing streak since the 11-fold slide in August 2003, the year the Tigers lost 119 times. The Tigers lost 12 straight in 1996.
Three of Detroit's 11 defeats, including the last two, have been single-time losses. The tigers are 13-13 in one-run decisions.
"There are things we can do better, but we are not playing bad," said Tiger starter Matt Boyd. "It may seem bleak, but it is not so, we are close to where we want to be and we come out at the other end."
Smoak joined helper Joe Jimenez (3-1) for his 11th homer of the season. It was the second walk-off ride of his career, the other came in 2016 against Texas.
Smoak, who beat a two-run homer in Friday's 3-2 win on Friday, went deep in two consecutive games for the first time this season.
"I'm just trying to be aggressive and it has been better lately," he said.
Seunghwan Oh (4-2) worked an inning for the win. Randal Grichuk also married for the Blue Jays, who won 10 out of 11 at home.
John Hicks hit a solo homer in the Detroit second by Sam Gaviglio and Nick Castellanos made it 3-0 with a double-shot in third, his 12th
Boyd kept the Blue Jays without a beat until Kevin Pillars Advantage in the fifth round doubled. Pillar was moved to third place by Aledmys Diaz and was called by Devon Travis on a groundout before Grichuk hit his Binding Homer.
"He just let the ball rise a bit too far to get the clubhead," said Tiger Manager Ron Gardenhire.
Boyd allowed three runs and four hits in six innings. He went two and hit seven.
"I made a few mistakes today and one of them went over the fence," said Boyd.
Gaviglio gave up three runs and four strokes in seven innings, fitting for his longest outing of the season.
Leonys Martin and Castellanos met one after another Joe Biagini in the eighth, but the Blue Jays right-hander the next three battles in order.
"We had runners in position a few times," said Gardenhire. "We just did not get up with the big guy."
Martin helped keep the 3: 3 draw in the eighth down by throwing Travis on the home plate. Travis tried to score 2 from Yankevis Solar's single, but failed to beat Martin's one-hop throw. The assistant was Martins ninth and tied him with Mitch Haniger from Seattle for the AL leadership.
With a heat alarm for Toronto, the retractable roof in the Rogers Center was closed. The outside temperature was 88 degrees, at high humidity it felt like 106.
Detroit has lost 12 of 14 in Toronto.
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Blue Jays C Luke Maile threw two runners trying to steal, both on second base. Maile threw Jeimer Candelario in first and Grayson Greiner in seventh.
Tiger: RHP Alex Wilson had to go in eighth place due to an inflamed left calf. Wilson missed almost a month earlier this season due to a load in his left foot. … RHP Drew VerHagen will join Triple A Toledo on Saturday night to begin an injury rehabilitation task. VerHagen is out since June 20th.
Blue Jays: Toronto put RHP Ryan Tepera (elbow) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled RHP Jake Petricka from Triple-A Buffalo.
Tigers RHP Jordan Zimmerman (2-0, 4.35) meets Blue Jays LHP JA Happ (10-3, 3.62) on Canada Day in Toronto. At his last start against Toronto on June 8, 2016, Zimmermann has allowed seven runs. Happ has made six direct decisions and is unbeaten in eight games.
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