Smoak hits three-run homer in first inning as Jays down Tigers 5-2
Toronto Blue Jays' Justin Smoak, right, high-fives teammate Billy McKinney after hitting a 3-run home in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers of a spring training baseball game, Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, March 5, 2019 4:42PM EST
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Justin Smoak hit a three-run homer and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. added a solo shot as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 in pre-season baseball action Tuesday.
Smoak put the Blue Jays ahead 3-0 in the top of the first inning when he cleared the fence with Billy McKinney and Kevin Pillar on base.
Gurriel led off the fourth with a solo homer to centre. After Scott Dixon made it 4-1 with a home run in the bottom of the fourth, Gurriel drove a sacrifice fly to centre in the top of the sixth that scored Smoak.
Detroit capped the scoring in the bottom of the sixth when Daz Cameron scored on Pete Kozma's ground out.
Left-hander Ryan Borucki overcame a rough outing against Philadelphia last week to pick up the win for Toronto (3-6). Borucki struck out four over three scoreless innings while allowing two hits and three walks.
Justin Shafer earned the save.
Matt Moore picked up the loss for Detroit (6-6).