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Tigers use early offense to hang on over Blue Jays in series opener

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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws to the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit, Michigan May 16, 2011. REUTERS
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws to the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit, Michigan May 16, 2011. REUTERS

Note: For an end of game Tigers score update, text SCORES to 80373

DETROIT (1660 THE FAN) – Both starting pitchers in Tuesday night’s series opener were as advertised, and the Tigers used that to their advantage taking Game 1 by a 5-3 final.

Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero was riding a nine game losing streak entering Comerica Park, and surrendered the game’s first run on three consecutive walks. Romero only lasted 5.1 innings giving up eight walks on seven hits and five earned runs.

On the flip side, Max Scherzer continued his dominance, striking out eight while giving up a run on five hits in seven innings of work.

As has been the case late in games, Detroit’s bullpen struggled. Octavio Dotel allowed a pair of runs to start to eighth inning, pulling the Blue Jays within reach at 5-3. Phil Coke and Joaquin Benoit combined to finish the inning with no further damage. Jose Valverde notched his 24th save of the season preserving the win for Max Scherzer.

Game 2 of the 3 game series is Wednesday night featuring Anibel Sanchez and lefty Aaron Laffey. Broadcast time on AM 590 WKZO is 6:40 pm

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