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Tigers Hold Lead, Beat Blue Jays 5-3

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Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers scores a run after a walk in the first inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park on August 21, 2012 (Getty Images/Dave Reginek)

Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers scores a run after a walk in the first inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park on August 21, 2012 (Getty Images/Dave Reginek)

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The Blue Jays slowly chip away at the Tigers lead but Detroit holds on to beat Toronto 5-3 on Tuesday night.

As heard on 97.1 The Ticket – the Tigers held a 5-1 lead in the sixth inning but the Blue Jays weren’t finished scoring two in the eighth and threatened to tie in the ninth.

Max Scherzer struck out eight in seven impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers took advantage of Ricky Romero’s wildness to get the win.

Romero (8-11) lost his 10th straight decision, allowing five runs, seven hits and eight walks in 5 1-3 innings. He didn’t strike out a batter.

Austin Jackson had three hits, and Scherzer (13-6) was sharp for the Tigers. Scherzer allowed five hits, including Edwin Encarnacion’s solo homer. He walked two.

Detroit needed three relievers to get through the eighth, when the Blue Jays scored two runs. Jose Valverde then pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 28 chances.

Valverde allowed two baserunners but eventually struck out Encarnacion to end it.

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