Mark Reynolds is with the Indians for one reason. He demonstrated it Wednesday night and the Indians are undefeated in the 2013 season because of it.

Reynolds hit a booming leadoff homer in the 11th inning to give the Indians a 3-2 victory over Toronto at Rogers Centre. Until he hit Sergio Santos' 96 mph fastball high over the fence in left-center field, Reynolds had been terrible.

In his first four at-bats, he struck out twice, hit into a double play and flied out to right field.

"That's what he has," said manager Terry Francona. "He'll miss sometimes, but when he hits them, they're game-changers. You know he's going to run into one. You just hope he runs into a lot of them."

Mountain lions are ambush predators. In the Indians' lineup, Reynolds is an ambush hitter. He hits in the seventh spot and is so strikeout prone, pitchers may tend to relax against him, forgetting that he's averaged 30 homers per season in his career.

Santos was ahead in the count, 1-2, when he tried to get Reynolds to chase some high heat. Reynolds didn't chase, he caught it right on the barrel.

"The idea is for him to sit down there in the seventh spot with Lonnie [Chisenhall] behind him," said Francona. "He can change the game with one swing."

The Indians were two outs from victory in the ninth when Jose Bautista homered off closer Chris Perez to send the game into extra innings.

Perez started the ninth by striking out Melky Cabrera, but Bautista lined an 0-1 pitch over the fence in left. In three seasons Perez has failed to convert just nine saves in 85 chances.

This spring Perez made only five Cactus League appearances because of a strained right shoulder. After saving Tuesday's season opener, Perez was pitching on consecutive days for the first time since last season.

"He swung and missed the slider and I tried to get inside with a fastball," said Perez. "I didn't go inside enough."