Shawn Tolleson blew his second save of the season by serving up a solo homer to Justin Smoak in the ninth inning of Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.
Tolleson nearly lost the game in the ninth, too, loading the bases on a double and a couple walks before getting Jose Bautista to fly out to end the threat. The Jays won it in the 10th with another Smoak longball. Tolleson now holds a 5.73 ERA on the season, although that number is skewed due to one awful appearance. But, while he's pitched well overall, he might not be able to afford many more showings like he had Tuesday.
Jose Quintana held the Red Sox to one run over eight innings in Tuesday's win.
Quintana was magnificent, scattering four hits without walking a batter and striking out five. He hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in a start this season, and he's allowed one or fewer in four of his six. He's the owner of a sparkling 1.40 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 37/8 K/BB ratio over 38 2/3 innings heading into Sunday's meeting with the Twins.
Justin Smoak was the Blue Jays' offense Tuesday versus the Rangers, tying the game in the ninth with a homer and winning it with another homer in the 10th.
Not a bad time for your first two longballs of the season. Smoak took closer Shawn Tolleson deep to the opposite field with a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the ninth and then deposited a Phil Klein offering again over the left-field wall with a runner on in the 10th. They were the only three runs of the game for the Blue Jays. Smoak is sporting a nifty .267/.421/.422 batting line on the season and will continue to hold down first base with Chris Colabello suspended.
Hanley Ramirez hit a solo home run against the White Sox on Tuesday.
The homer was just his second of the season, giving him 16 RBI. He's got a modest eight-game hitting streak in which he's 11-for-34 (.323). That stretch has helped him run his overall line up to .284/.306/.412.
David Robertson worked a perfect ninth inning against the Red Sox on Tuesday to earn his ninth save.
Robertson has now allowed a lone run in 12 appearances on the year. The right-hander is asserting his spot among the league's elite closers, owning a 0.73 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 15/4 K/BB ratio on the year.
Rougned Odor led off the game with a homer and also added a single in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.
Odor took Marco Estrada deep to kick off the festivities, and the Rangers made it hold up until a blown save in the ninth inning. The young second baseman has lifted his average from .234 to .277 over the last six games and has moved into the leadoff spot for the Rangers.
Carson Smith worked a perfect inning against the White Sox in his 2016 debut on Tuesday.
Smith, who was activated from the disabled list earlier Tuesday, notched a strikeout and induced two groundouts, needing just nine pitches. Smith missed a month with a strained flexor tendon but should be an important member of the Red Sox bullpen moving forward.
Jeff Samardzija disposed of the Reds with ease Tuesday, recording nine strikeouts over eight frames of one-run ball in a 3-1 victory.
Shark served up a longball to Adam Duvall, but it was a solo shot and he allowed just three hits and one walk on the night. Samardzija has been a bit up and down so far this season as he often can, but he's ultimately produced with four wins, a 3.32 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 35/12 K/BB ratio across 40 2/3 innings. He'll try to keep it going this weekend at home versus the Rockies.