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Detroit at Toronto

W: N. Robertson (6-3) L: T. Taubenheim (0-3)
S: J. Zumaya (1)
HR: DET - I. Rodriguez (5)   TOR - B. Molina (5), T. Glaus (19), S. Hillenbrand (11), A. Rios (12)

Tigers 10, Blue Jays 5

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

TORONTO -- Ivan Rodriguez thinks manager Jim Leyland is a major reason why the Detroit Tigers have the best record in baseball.

Rodriguez homered and tied a season-high with five RBI and the Tigers won consecutive games for the first time in two weeks, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 10-5 on Sunday afternoon.

Carlos Guillen had three RBI for the Tigers, who won back-to-back games for the first time since winning eight in a row from May 20-27. At 40-23, Detroit has the best record in the majors.

"With the new coaching staff and Jim Leyland as the manager, that makes the difference," Rodriguez said. "Everybody around here is doing a little bit."

The Tigers went 3-3 on their six-game trip to Chicago and Toronto.

Rodriguez hit a three-run double as part of a five-run sixth inning, and his two-run homer off Jason Frasor in the eighth gave Detroit a 10-5 lead. Rodriguez fouled off six balls before homering to left-center, his fifth.

He finished 3-for-5, the third time this season he's driven in five runs.

"He had a great at-bat against Frasor," Leyland said. "That broke it open. We needed that because these guys are electric, their offense. They hit it over the fence so fast."

Bengie Molina, Troy Glaus, Lyle Overbay and Alex Rios homered for the new-look Blue Jays (34-28).

Vernon Wells criticized his team after the game.

"It's been a frustrating year on both sides of the table. We haven't done what it takes to win, and that's been frustrating for everybody," Wells said.

Detroit starter Nate Robertson (6-3) struck out a season-high eight and won for the first time in three starts. He allowed four runs and five hits in five-plus innings.

Joel Zumaya pitched three innings for his first career save. Zumaya watched his home country Mexico win in the World Cup before getting the call to pitch.

He reached 102 mph on the radar gun.

"He's tremendous," Rodriguez said. "That arm is unbelievable."

Guillen hit a sacrifice fly in the first, but Molina tied in the second with his homer.

Guillen's two-run single off Toronto starter Ty Taubenheim (0-3) made it 3-1 in the fifth.

Toronto's Edgardo Alfonzo hit an RBI double in the fifth.

But Detroit scored five runs in the sixth on Chris Shelton's RBI single off Francisco Rosario, Omar Infante's run-scoring single off Rosario and Rodriguez's three-run double off Vinnie Chulk.

Glaus and Hillenbrand hit back-to-back homers off Robertson in the bottom half to cut it to 8-4, the sixth time this season Toronto has hit consecutive homers.

Rios added a solo shot off Jason Grilli in the seventh to cut it to 8-5.


Toronto RHP A.J. Burnett (sore elbow) will make a rehab start for Triple-A Syracuse on Monday instead of Single-A Dunedin because its expected to rain in Dunedin. ... The teams don't play again until a three-game series in Detroit on Sept. 26-28.

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Players of the Game

I. Rodriguez
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

J. Zumaya
IP 3.0
H 0
ER 0
BB 1
K 4

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Jason Grilli 1411101
Joel Zumaya (S,) 3000140
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Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF3000214
Alex Rios, RF5111033
Vernon Wells, CF4010111
Troy Glaus, 3B4111132
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B5111014
Bengie Molina, C4111001
Lyle Overbay, DH4010022
Aaron Hill, SS3110111
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HR - Alex Rios (, Grilli), Troy Glaus (, Robertson), Shea Hillenbrand (, Robertson), Bengie Molina (, Robertson)
RBI - Alex Rios (), Troy Glaus (), Shea Hillenbrand (), Bengie Molina (), Edgardo Alfonzo ()
Team LOB - 9
Toronto Blue Jays
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Francisco Rosario 0.1122110
Brian Tallet 0.1022200
Vinnie Chulk 1.2211010
Scott Schoeneweis 0.2111000
Jason Frasor 1.1111011
Pitches-Strikes - Ty Taubenheim 87-55, Francisco Rosario 11-5, Brian Tallet 13-5, Vinnie Chulk 21-15, Scott Schoeneweis 11-8, Jason Frasor 29-19
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Game Information
Attendance - 30404
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Bruce Froemming, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Brian Runge