American League Game Summary - Detroit at Toronto|
(Saturday, July 28th)
Final Score: Toronto 5, Detroit 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Colby Rasmus hit a two-run home run and
finished with three RBI while Henderson Alvarez pitched seven innings of
one-run ball as the Toronto Blue Jays took a 5-1 win over the Detroit
Tigers in the second of three from the Rogers Centre.
Alvarez (7-7) won his second straight start as he gave up five hits and two
walks along with four strikeouts for the Blue Jays, who have won three
straight and six of eight. Edwin Encarnacion and Yunel Escobar added solo
homers in the win.
"I think we battled pretty well out there today," said Rasmus. "We were able
to get some good swings when we got good pitches to hit and the guys on the
mound did the rest."
Brennan Boesch went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Tigers, who have lost four of
their last five.
Making his first start for Detroit on Saturday, Anibal Sanchez (0-1) was
touched for five runs on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts over
six-plus innings. He was acquired from Miami along with Omar Infante on Monday
for pitching prospect Jacob Turner.
"Sanchez was fine but I should have taken him out when it was 3-1," said
Detroit manager Jim Leyland. "He was in there too long and that was my fault."
This game stayed scoreless until the second inning when the Blue Jays took the
lead. Yan Gomes and Anthony Gose singled to start the inning. A sacrifice bunt
attempt by Rajai Davis saw Gomes forced out at third, but a wild pitch put
Gose on third. Rasmus then hit a sac fly to center for a 1-0 lead.
Detroit got the run back in the fourth as Delmon Young hit a two-out single
and Boesch followed with a double to the gap in left-center to tie the game.
It didn't stay tied for long, though, as Encarnacion led off the fourth with
his 28th homer of the year.
The Jays made it a 3-1 game in the sixth when Escobar led off the frame with
his seventh of the year, a shot to dead center.
Toronto continued to use the long ball in the seventh as Davis led off with a
double off the wall in left and Rasmus belted the ball over right for his 18th
of the year and a 5-1 lead.
Detroit didn't get a runner past second base after the fourth inning and J.A.
Happ pitched the final two innings, issuing just one walk, to close out the
game for Toronto.
Toronto left eight men on base as the team went just 1-for-10 with runners in
scoring position...Detroit was 0-for-3 with RISP and stranded five...Sanchez
fell to 0-2 against Toronto in his career.
07/28 21:50:17 ET