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Bautista, Smoak homer as Blue Jays beat Justin Verlander, Tigers 10-5 to stop 3-game skid

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DETROIT — Turns out the Toronto Blue Jays got a break by facing .

and homered in a six-run fifth inning against the 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Detroit Tigers 10-5 Sunday.

Toronto stopped a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time in seven games.

"We definitely needed this one," Blue Jays manager said. "We've had to go against (Anibal) Sanchez and (David) Price the last two nights, and we've got (Chris) Sale tomorrow, so we needed a game where the offense could get things going."

(6-4) improved to 5-1 in his last seven starts, allowing two runs and five hits in five innings. got four outs for his third save.

"It is always great to get a win, but today was even better because it is my birthday," said Estrada, who turned 32. "The guys got me a nice present by putting up 10 runs."

Verlander (0-2) gave up seven hits and two walks in five innings, striking out five. He needed 94 pitches to get 15 outs. He now has a 6.75 ERA in four starts after missing the first several weeks of the season with a triceps injury.

"I was seeing reactions that I haven't seen for a while on my off-speed pitches, and that felt good," Verlander said. "It is a shame that I fell out of sync in the fifth, but this is only my fourth start. You have to keep that in mind."

Toronto went ahead after seven pitches when led off with a bloop double and scored on 's single. Verlander's error on an errant pickoff attempt allowing Donaldson to take third, but pitched out of the jam.

"I think that was huge for us," Donaldson said. "We got the quick run, and then Marco and the defense kept putting up zeroes, so the momentum kept building. We knew it would break out eventually."

Verlander didn't allow another hit until the fifth, helped by a spectacular play by that ended the fourth. The shortstop ranged into the hole and threw to second for a forceout.

walked leading off the fifth after being down 0-2 in the count, singled and hit an RBI double. Reyes' groundout made it 3-0 and moved Travis to third, and Donaldson singled through a drawn-in infield. Bautista followed with a two-run homer over the Tigers bullpen in left and, four pitches later, Smoak homered to right for a 7-0 lead.

"There are two ways you can look at this," Verlander said. "You can look at the fifth inning and think negatively, or you can look at the rest of it and think positively."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: LHP Felix Doubront, who spent much of the first half of the season recovering from a shoulder injury, could fill the vacant spot in Toronto's rotation Tuesday in Chicago. Doubront was called up on Friday, and came through a 2 1/3-inning relief outing that night without problems.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: (9-4) starts Monday at his old team, the Chicago White Sox, and faces former protege (6-4). It will be the first meeting between the pair since Buehrle left Chicago after the 2011 season.

PHOTO: Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Loup, center, receives congratulations as he walks through the dugout after being pulled in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Detroit. The Blue Jays defeated the Tigers 10-5. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Loup, center, receives congratulations as he walks through the dugout after being pulled in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Detroit. The Blue Jays defeated the Tigers 10-5. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

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PHOTO: Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes jumps up to avoid Detroit Tigers' Jose Iglesias sliding into second base on a force out during the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Detroit. The Blue Jays defeated the Tigers 10-5. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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