Series: Game 1 of 3

Toronto leads 1-0 (as of 6/3)

Game 1: Tuesday, June 3
Game 2: Wednesday, June 4
Game 3: Thursday, June 5

Blue Jays 5

(35-24, 17-11 away)

Tigers 3

(31-23, 14-12 home)

    Coverage:  FSDT

    7:08 PM ET, June 3, 2014

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    W: D. McGowan (3-2)

    L: J. Nathan (2-2)

    S: C. Janssen (9)

    Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays break loose in 9th, beat Tigers

    Associated Press

    DETROIT -- The Toronto Blue Jays can win an occasional pitching duel, too -- or at least hold their own until Brett Lawrie and the rest of their sluggers finally break through.

    In a game that was scoreless until the ninth inning, Lawrie's three-run homer highlighted a big burst for the Blue Jays, who then held on for a 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

    Drew Hutchison pitched seven scoreless innings for Toronto, which now has the second-best record in the American League but still faces questions about the sturdiness of its starting rotation.

    "He looks like a veteran out there," Lawrie said. "He's throwing the ball very well for us. He's keeping us in ballgames."

    The Blue Jays have a team ERA of 4.07, and aside from Mark Buehrle, their pitching has been shaky. But Hutchison was sharp against Detroit, allowing three hits without a walk and striking out seven.

    If Toronto can pitch like that, Lawrie, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and the rest of the lineup should be able to provide enough offense.

    "I didn't really get going and get into a good rhythm until probably about the fourth or the fifth," Hutchison said. "Obviously, I believe I'm a good pitcher, and I'm capable of doing that every night, and that's what I expect out of myself."

    Anibal Sanchez matched Hutchison with seven scoreless innings, but both bullpens came unglued in the ninth. The Blue Jays broke loose against Joe Nathan (2-2) to win this matchup of the AL East and AL Central leaders.

    In his first season with the Tigers, Nathan's ERA is now an unsightly 6.86 after he was charged with four runs Tuesday.

    "I'm at a loss for words. I thought I threw pretty well," Nathan said. "I've got to be better. A lot of bad luck out there, too. But the biggest thing is another loss for the team."

    The 39-year-old right-hander walked Anthony Gose to start the ninth -- Toronto's first baserunner since the fourth inning. Gose stole second and went to third on a single by Jose Reyes. After a popup by Melky Cabrera gave the Tigers hope of escaping the jam, Bautista put the Blue Jays ahead with an RBI single up the middle.

    Bautista's grounder slipped between shortstop Andrew Romine and second baseman Ian Kinsler. Romine appeared to shy away at the last second, as if Kinsler's presence distracted him, but it wasn't clear if the ball was hit hard enough for an inning-ending double play anyway.

    "I'm not sure if Romine thought Ian was going to get to the ball or Ian thought Romine would get the ball," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. "I thought it was going to be a double play ball at the time, but it was more in the middle than I could tell from my angle."

    Nathan nearly picked Reyes off third, but the safe call was upheld after a replay review. After Encarnacion walked to load the bases, pinch-hitter Kevin Pillar hit a sacrifice fly off Ian Krol for the game's second run.

    Lawrie then went deep off Al Alburquerque for his ninth homer of the year.

    J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth for the Tigers. Casey Janssen came on and struck out Don Kelly for his ninth save in 10 chances.

    Dustin McGowan (3-2) worked the eighth for the win.

    The Tigers avoided a second straight shutout, but Detroit has lost three straight.

    Sanchez allowed two hits with five strikeouts and no walks.

    Game notes

    Detroit's Austin Jackson was given an error on a flyball by Texas' Mitch Moreland from a May 24 game after an official scoring change. The play was originally ruled a double. ... Home plate umpire Tony Randazzo was hit near the throat in the fifth when Hutchison bounced a pitch. Randazzo was shaken up but able to continue. ... Detroit RHP Rick Porcello (8-2) takes the mound Wednesday night against Toronto RHP R.A. Dickey (5-4).

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumComerica Park, Detroit, MI
    Attendance33,488 (81.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:51
    Weather81 degrees, clear
    Wind6 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - David Rackley

    Research Notes

    Joe Nathan has allowed multiple runs in 3 straight outings, tying his longest career streak as a reliever (3 straight outings in April 2011). He currently has a 6.86 ERA this season. Nathan already has more outings allowing multiple runs (5) than all of last season (4), and more blown saves (5) than last season (3)
    Anibal Sanchez has been remarkable in his last 2 starts. Joe Nathan was not so remarkable in those 2 starts, and probably cost Sanchez a couple of wins in the process.
    The Blue Jays beat the Tigers 5-3 in 9 a game that was scoreless after 8 innings. FROM ELIAS The 8 combined runs are tied for the most ever in the 9th inning of a game that was scoreless through 8 innings (Pirates/Braves July 23, 1993)
    Miguel Cabrera, Torii Hunter and Ian Kinsler are all in the Top 5 of AL hitting in at-bats ending with a pitch up in the zone. Drew Hutchison has allowed multiple hits against pitches up in his last three starts, including two home runs.

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