In the fourth inning, Tillman also received help from Jones and Hardy on defense. With one out, Arencibia laced a ball into the right-center field gap that Jones scooped and rifled to second on the fly in time for Hardy to make a perfect sweep tag as Arencibia slid into the bag head first.

“You won't see a better baseball play,” Showalter said. “My gosh. … That gave me a little 'really?' moment. That is so hard. A lot of people don't even attempt it.”

Tillman battled throughout the night, but held the Blue Jays scoreless following the two early homers. In the fifth inning, he faced two on and no outs, but he struck out Jose Bautista and induced an inning ending double play from Encarnacion.

On his 108th and final pitch of the night, Tillman escaped the sixth inning, stranding a runner on first when he got Arencibia to fly out to center field. He allowed eight hits and one walk on the night and struck out five, including three strikeouts of Bautista.

"I thought he was carrying a pretty good fastball after about the second inning and you could tell he got a little physical with the game and really finished it up pretty strong there," Showalter said.

Right-hander Jairo Asencio, recalled from Triple-A Norfolk before the game, put two on with one out in the seventh, but struck out Bautista and Encarnacion to end the inning.

Tommy Hunter stranded a pair of inherited runners in the eighth, getting Arencibia to pop up to second and inducing a line out from Mark DeRosa, but allowed two runs on a two-out double by Adam Lind in the ninth.

That forced closer Jim Johnson into the game to get the final out. But Johnson needed just one pitch to end the game, retiring Colby Rasmus on a ground out to second to record his 32nd save of the season.