Detroit, MI (WKZO) – The Tigers struggles continued on Wednesday night as they dropped their fourth straight game following a 8-2 defeat from the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Adam Lind drove in three runs on two doubles and Melky Cabrera hit a solo home run in the first inning for the Jays, who have won the first two games of a three-game set with the Tigers.
The Blue Jays trailed briefly after Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler each hit solo homers off of starter R.A. Dickey. Dickey (6-4) lasted just five innings and was ousted in the sixth with the bases loaded. However, Aaron Loop set the next three Tigers down in order after he came on in relief of Dickey.
Suffering the loss was Rick Porcello (8-3), who went seven innings yielding three earned runs on six hits and one walk, while striking out three. Porcello gave up the first of Lind’s two doubles in the sixth, which drove in two runs and gave the Jays the lead 3-2.
Evan Reed replaced Porcello to start the seventh and was touched up for four hits and walk against just six hitters. Reed was credited with three earned runs allowed.
Cabrera and Jose Bautista each had three hits for the Blue Jays.
The Tigers look to avoid being swept in the series finale on Thursday afternoon. Justin Verlander (6-4, 3.99ERA) takes the bump for the Tigers and will be counted by J.A. Haap (4-2, 4.10). First pitch is set for 1:08pm.