Rangers answer Blue Jays with walk-off HR

May 15th, 2016

ARLINGTON -- Drew Stubbs hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning as the Rangers overcame a blown save by Shawn Tolleson to take a 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday night at Globe Life Park.

Stubbs stepped to the plate with two outs and nobody on. He lifted a 1-2 fastball from right-hander Gavin Floyd and sent it over the wall in left for his second home run of the season and first with the Rangers. It was the fourth walk-off homer of his career and the first walk-off victory for the Rangers this season.

"It was too good of a game to let slip away," Stubbs said. "We were solid up until the very end and kind of let them back in it. But whether it's a walk-off or whatever the case may be, a win's a win and I was just glad to contribute at the end."

Floyd tossed a scoreless ninth but could not find similar success in the 10th. It was the second home run Floyd has surrendered this season and just the second earned run he's been charged with since his first appearance of the season on April 6.

Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision. Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada allowed five runs -- four earned -- on five hits with five strikeouts. Almost all of the damage came in the second inning when Bobby Wilson hit his second grand slam of the year, which gave Texas a 4-0 lead.

Rangers glad to have Stubbs, Wilson back

Colby Lewis was in line for the win until Tolleson surrendered back-to-back home runs in the ninth. Lewis limited the Blue Jays to two runs on four hits over seven innings, with one of his only mistakes coming in the third inning on a solo shot by Ryan Goins.

"The guys kept battling, I knew they would," Estrada said. "This lineup's really good, and they can do exactly what they did today. So I wasn't too worried about it. Obviously it sucks giving up that many runs, but I knew they had my back and I knew they were going to get us back in the game."


Back to back:
Toronto was faced with a 5-2 deficit heading into the top of the ninth inning until the club hit back-to-back home runs, which tied the game at 5. Justin Smoak got things started with a two-run shot to right and Troy Tulowitzki immediately followed with a solo shot to left. Both home runs came off Tolleson, who was charged with his third blown save of the season. More >

"I feel good, I'm seeing the ball well," said Smoak, who is batting .455 (10-for-22) with two doubles, three homers and six RBIs in six games against the Rangers this season. "I feel like I'm taking swings at good pitches, trying to lay off the bad ones, but I'm seeing the ball well, I've got to keep it going."

Wilson clears the bases again: Rangers catcher Wilson hit his second homer -- and second grand slam -- this week, going deep off Estrada on the 11th pitch of the at-bat. Wilson is the first Ranger to hit multiple grand slams in a season since Nelson Cruz in 2013, and Wilson joins Washington's Bryce Harper, Baltimore's Manny Machado and Houston's George Springer as the only players with multiple grand slams this season; all have two. Wilson hit his other slam in Detroit just six days earlier. Saturday night, Wilson fell behind 1-2 but worked the count full, fouled off four consecutive pitches and hit an 87-mph cutter 414 feet to left-center field. More >

"I was trying to get a pitch I could handle, there were a couple pitches in that at-bat that I thought I could have handled and fouled off, but I still remained to stay aggressive throughout the at-bat," Wilson said.

Andrus' busy inning: The Blue Jays had a chance to get back in the game in the fourth, when Tulowitzki led off with a double and Ezequiel Carrera singled him home, reaching second on a fielding error and taking third on a wild pitch. But the Rangers recovered and shortstop Elvis Andrus had a hand in each of the next three outs. Russell Martin hit a ground ball to Andrus, who didn't hesitate to go home with it to beat Carrera. The Blue Jays challenged the play at the plate, but it was confirmed. The next batter, Goins, grounded right to Andrus to start an inning-ending double play.

"The way Elvis attacked that ball I had a feeling he was going to come home with it," Wilson said. "What an unbelievable play that was. That cuts down that run right there, keeps it as a two-run game for us. That was a big play in that game."


"I made a terrible pitch to Wilson. I tried going cutter down and away and I basically ended up throwing a BP fastball right down the middle, and he crushed it." -- Estrada, on the grand slam by Wilson


The grand slam brought an end to Toronto's streak of 15 consecutive outings with three earned runs or fewer allowed by the starting pitchers.


Crew chief umpire Dale Scott agreed to a review in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out and a runner on, Brett Cecil threw over to first base and caught Ian Desmond off guard. Desmond ran to second and the throw from Smoak was slightly off line. That allowed Desmond to slide in safely but Gibbons challenged that Desmond had come off the bag. The play went to review and stood as called.


Blue Jays: Right-hander Aaron Sanchez (3-1, 2.58) will get the call in the series finale Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET. Sanchez has allowed no more than one earned run in five of six starts this season.

Rangers:Cesar Ramos will make his second start of the season on Sunday (2:05 CT) for the Rangers in their final meeting of 2016 with the Blue Jays. Ramos has a 3.38 ERA in 32 career innings against Toronto.

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