DUNEDIN — Brett Lawrie continued his campaign to find a spot on this Blue Jays team with a pair of hits, including a three-run eighth-inning home run to give the Jays a 7-4 win over Detroit.
Lawrie also doubled and scored Toronto’s first run in the sixth inning, while making two more strong defensive plays at third base, one on his backhand and the other moving to his left.
“The most exciting thing was that he turned on that (home run) ball,” said manager John Farrell. “His swing is an inside-out power stroke and what we’ve seen in BP is a lot of top spin, but he turned on that ball and got some backspin.
“He’s doing everything he needs to do.”
Most of Lawrie’s hits have been hammered to right field but this home run was a majestic shot to left.
“I think it came from not thinking,” he said. “When you try to think, it seems that bad things happen. I just went up with the intention to barrel up the ball.”