The Tigers made it two straight over the Toronto Blue Jays with a 5-2 win at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Tigers starting pitching continues to be the story – today Brad Penny went seven and two-thirds innings, and gave up just two earned runs on seven hits to pick up his third win of the year. Daniel Schlereth got the final out of the eighth inning by getting Patterson on a groundout with a man on, then Jose Valverde closed out the win by striking out the side in the ninth – for his 200th career save.
Jose Bautista – who had missed the last four games with a neck injury – gave the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead in the third with his tenth home run of the year. But the Tigers came right back with two in the fourth inning off Jays starter Jo-Jo Reyes. Victor Martinez doubled home Scott Sizemore, who had walked, then Peralta brought home Martinez with a single to left. The game stayed tied at two until the seventh, when Brandon Inge singled off Reyes with two outs, then Austin Jackson hit a two-run home run down the left field line – his second of the year – to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead. Miguel Cabrera brought home the final run of the day with a single in the eighth.
The win improves the Tigers to 17-18, while the Jays fall to 15-19 with the loss. The Tigers can take their second straight four games series with a win tomorrow night. Max Scherzer goes for his sixth win of the year for the Tigers, Brandon Morrow starts for Toronto.
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Listen below to Austin Jackson’s 2 run HR
Listen below to Jose Valverde’s 200th save