Toronto (WKZO) – Torii Hunter had four hits including what turned out to be the game winning RBI as the Tigers snapped a three game losing streak with a 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
The Tigers overcame an early four run deficit in the first inning after Doug Fister was lit up during a 38-pitch inning in which the Blue Jays batted around and scored four runs, highlighted by a two-run ground rule double from Colby Rasmus.
But during the Tigers next time they punished Jays starter Chien-Ming Wang who couldn’t survive the inning as the Tigers bats woke up from a mid-summer hibernation as they sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs in their half of the second. Miguel Cabrera hit his 26th home run of the year, a three run shot to cap off the six run inning.
The Blue Jays responded though as Rasmus hit a two run blast to center tying the game at six. After then the two teams pitching staffs decided to show up. Neither team scored again until Hunter’s infield single in the eighth inning drove in Omar Infante for the seventh and final run for the Tigers and completing the Tigers biggest comeback win of the year. Infante had two hits, including an RBI double to start the scoring for Tigers in the second.
Fister ended up lasting six innings as Al Alburquerque, and Drew Smyly tossed back to back scoreless innings and Joaquin Benoit closed out the ninth for his sixth save of the year. Alburquerque got the win, his first of the year.
Game Notes: Miguel Cabrera was replaced defensively in the ninth inning by Ramon Santiago because of a stiff back. Tigers manager Jim Leyland expects Cabrera to be ok...Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons was tossed in the ninth inning after arguing balls and strikes…Rick Porcello was suspended six games for intentionally hitting Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist during Sunday’s game. Porcello will appeal…Anibal Sanchez will return to the Tigers rotation on Saturday at Cleveland. Sanchez last pitched for the Tigers on June 15th…Alex Avila went 1 for 3 with a two run double during the second inning in his first game back with the Tigers after returning from the DL…Fister hit his league leading 13th batter of the season in the first inning… Max Scherzer (12-0, 3.10) gets the start on Wednesday against Blue Jays starter Josh Johnson (1-2, 5.21). First pitch is set for 7:07.