Detroit, MI (WKZO) – After blowing a five run lead in Wednesday’s loss to Toronto, the Tigers made plenty sure that history would not repeat itself on Thursday.
The Tigers scored five runs in the second to go up 6-1, then added four runs in the fifth and that was more than enough offensive support, as Doug Fister pitched eight stellar innings for his second win of the year in the Tigers 11-1 victory over Toronto to take the three game series two games to one.
Fister, who struggled with his command in picking up his first win of the season in the Tigers home opener last Friday against the Yankees, easily had the best start of the year for the Tigers pitching staff in allowing only one run and eight hits while striking out five. Al Alburquerque tossed a scoreless ninth to close out the game.
Detroit batted around in the second inning, while chasing Jays’ starter Josh Johnson after only 1 1/3 innings, his shortest start of his career.
In the fifth, Torii Hunter singled home two runs, and Prince Fielder doubled in two runs to put the Tigers up 10-1.
* The top of the Tigers lineup continued to provide early offense. For the third straight game the Tigers scored a single run in the first inning. Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder reached base after drawing back to back walks. Cabrera then stole third and later scored on a two-out single by Victor Martinez.
*Cabrera had an RBI stand up triple during the Tigers five run second inning.
*Prince Fielder went 2-2 with two walks and four RBI’s. He leads the team in RBI’s with 14 and ranks second in the American League.
*Jhonny Peralta continued his hot hitting with his second consecutive three hit performance.
*Austin Jackson scored three times, had three hits and is now batting .375 this season.
*Torii Hunter dropped a Jose Bautista fly ball in the first inning resulting in a double. Bautista was stranded at second.
*Raja Davis was hit on the hand by a Doug Fister pitch in the second. He was checked out by trainers and appeared to be ok. He stole second two pitches later. Davis later scored on a Mark DeRosa sacrifice fly tying the game at one
*With two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth, Andy Dirks grounded out ending the inning. Dirks was the only Tiger to start and not record a hit.
Game Notes: Game time temperature was 35 degrees …Torii Hunter was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning. He was ok but with the game already in hand, Don Kelly pinch ran for Hunter and replaced him in right field…The Tigers scored 26 runs and had 42 hits during the three game series with Toronto…Detroit now heads to Oakland to start a nine game West Coast road trip. Max Scherzer (1-0, 7.20ERA) starts for Detroit vs. A’s pitcher Bartolo Colon (1-0, 4.50) on Friday. The A’s are 7-2 entering Thursday and lead the MLB with 58 runs. First pitch is scheduled for 10:05pm on 590 WKZO