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Tigers beat Jays in 10th after scoring two in 9th to tie
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Tigers beat Jays in 10th after scoring two in 9th to tie

Published Jun. 7, 2016 10:41 p.m. ET

DETROIT (AP) -- With the tying run at third and one out in the ninth inning, Miguel Cabrera was sent sprawling to the dirt by a high fastball from Roberto Osuna.

No big deal for the Detroit slugger.

"I don't care what he did. I don't care what he's going to do to me," Cabrera said.

Moments after Osuna's pitch up around his head, Cabrera lifted a two-strike double to tie the game, and the Tigers went on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Tuesday night on Ian Kinsler's game-winning single in the 10th. Detroit has won five straight.


The Tigers tied it with two runs in the ninth, spoiling an outstanding effort by Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez. The Toronto right-hander struck out a career-high 12 and took a one-hitter into the ninth inning, but he didn't get another out as Detroit rallied.

"That's a really tough one to lose, because Aaron was about as good as you can possibly be," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Kinsler's RBI double in the ninth chased Sanchez, and Cabrera's double off Osuna tied it.

The Tigers loaded the bases in the 10th with no outs against Joe Biagini (3-2), and Kinsler won it with a chopper into left field.

Justin Wilson (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win.

Kevin Pillar homered for the Blue Jays.

Justin Upton's double in the third was the only hit off Sanchez for eight innings, but Jose Iglesias started the bottom of the ninth with a single, and Kinsler followed with a double. After Kinsler went to third on Andrew Romine's sacrifice bunt, the Blue Jays chose to pitch to Cabrera rather than intentionally walk the winning run.

Cabrera's drive to deep right-center made it 2-2.

Upton opened the 10th with a single, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked. Upton then beat the throw to third when the Blue Jays tried to get the lead runner on a bunt by Iglesias.

With the bases loaded, Kinsler came through for Detroit.

Tigers starter Matt Boyd held the Blue Jays hitless for four innings, but Pillar led off the fifth with a homer. Boyd -- whom the Tigers acquired from Toronto last year in the trade that sent David Price to the Blue Jays -- allowed a run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked five and struck out five.

Pillar's drive to left gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead, and he scored their second run after hitting a seventh-inning single.


Detroit reliever Bobby Parnell got himself into a ninth-inning jam thanks to a wacky play on a comebacker by Darwin Barney. Pillar was on first, and Parnell turned to try to throw him out at second, but after realizing there was no play there, the right-hander tried to hold up on his throw.

He ended up accidentally throwing the ball straight into the ground, and it bounced over toward third base.

"I try to hold onto the ball, and when you're going full force, it's tough," Parnell said. "I was fortunate to get out of there."

After a wild pitch, the Blue Jays had men on second and third with no outs, but Parnell was able to escape thanks to two strikeouts and a flyout, keeping Toronto from adding to its two-run lead.


Blue Jays: Toronto recalled LHP/RHP Pat Venditte from Triple-A Buffalo and designated 3B Matt Dominguez for assignment.

Tigers: Detroit traded RHP Jose Valdez to the Los Angeles Angels for cash.


Tigers: RHP Shane Greene pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief, allowing a run. It was his longest appearance since being activated from the DL last week after he missed over a month because of a blister on his finger.


Blue Jays: Toronto sends R.A. Dickey (3-6) to the mound in the series finale Wednesday.

Tigers: Jordan Zimmermann (8-2) starts for Detroit in his second outing since returning from a groin injury.


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