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Tigers put fitting end to Blue Jays' dismal homestand

CBSSports.com wire reports

TORONTO -- An unlikely rookie is leading the Detroit Tigers in victories.

Armando Galarraga won his second successive start, Edgar Renteria homered and the Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 on Monday.

Ivan Rodriguez had four hits and Renteria scored twice for the Tigers.

Galarraga (2-0) has won back-to-back starts since being called up from Triple-A Toledo last week to replace Dontrelle Willis, sidelined by a hyperextended knee.

Acquired in an offseason trade with Texas, Galarraga won't face the Rangers when they visit Detroit this week, but still had a message for his former team.

"They made a mistake," he said, laughing.

No other Tigers pitcher has more than one win, and the quintet of Jeremy Bonderman, Nate Robertson, Kenny Rogers, Justin Verlander and Willis have only two victories between them so far.

The 26-year-old Galarraga blanked the Blue Jays on three singles for 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked four.

"He had a lot of late movement," Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill said. "He was running pitches in, he was doing well with his slider."

Galarraga, who beat Cleveland last week, lowered his ERA to 1.50. He has not allowed a hit to a right-hander in 21 at-bats since joining the Tigers.

"He's got a good sinker, a good slider," Rodriguez said. "He was able to use them today and make the right-handed hitters hit the ball on the ground."

The Blue Jays loaded the bases against Galarraga in both the third and fourth innings, but failed to score each time.

"I was trying to be more aggressive when I had runners on base," Galarraga said. "When the bases were loaded, I tried to be aggressive in that moment."

"His control wasn't as good today, but he dodged a couple of bullets," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Toronto finished 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position Monday and went 7-for-56 (.125) with runners in scoring position on this six-game homestand, winning just twice.

Tigers reliever Clay Rapada got one out in the sixth, Aquilino Lopez worked 1 1/3 innings and Denny Bautista pitched the eighth.

Gregg Zaun hit a leadoff home run in the ninth Toronto off Todd Jones. Zaun shook his head after fouling off a high, 3-2 pitch, then hit the next delivery over the right-field wall for his first home run of the season.

The Tigers gave Galarraga all the support he needed with a four-run second off Shaun Marcum (2-1). Ryan Raburn hit a two-run single, Brandon Inge followed with a sacrifice fly and Rodriguez capped the burst with an RBI single.

"We got some big hits today and took advantage of our opportunities," Leyland said. "That's huge, that's what you've got to do."

Renteria led off the sixth with his third home run of the season and second of this series.

Marcum lost for the first time in four starts, allowing five runs in 5 2/3 innings, his shortest outing this season. He walked a season-high four and struck out two.

"Obviously we didn't bring anything to the table today," Hill said. "Marcum didn't have his best day, we didn't hit, didn't play defense. It's one of those games that's going to be easy to forget."


  • Detroit 2B Placido Polanco had an MRI on his aching back Sunday, revealing no damage. Polanco has started medication and could be ready to play again Tuesday after missing four of the past five games.
  • Tigers DH Gary Sheffield (sore shoulder) missed his second successive game and will see a doctor once the team returns to Detroit. Sheffield had surgery to repair a tear in his right shoulder in October.
  • Blue Jays OF Vernon Wells got the day off.
  • Catcher Robinzon Diaz joined the Blue Jays on Monday, taking the roster spot of DH Frank Thomas, who was released Sunday.
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Brandon Inge and Magglio Ordonez celebrate a successful trip north of the border for the Tigers.  (AP)
Brandon Inge and Magglio Ordonez celebrate a successful trip north of the border for the Tigers. (AP)

Players of the Game

E. Renteria
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

A. Galarraga
IP 5.1
H 3
ER 0
BB 4
K 4

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    Ramon Santiago, 2B1000003 .417
Edgar Renteria, SS4221000 .300
Ryan Raburn, 2B-LF4112020 .267
Brandon Inge, 3B2001110 .259
2B - Ivan Rodriguez (5, Marcum)
HR - Edgar Renteria (3, Marcum)
SF - Brandon Inge (2)
RBI - Ivan Rodriguez (8), Edgar Renteria (13), Ryan Raburn 2 (3), Brandon Inge (11)
Team LOB - 10
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Clay Rapada 0.1100000 0.00
Aquilino Lopez 1.1100010 0.63
Denny Bautista 1000210 1.00
Todd Jones 1111001 2.25
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 6-5, Aquilino Lopez 1-2, Todd Jones 1-2
Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 22, Clay Rapada 2, Aquilino Lopez 5, Denny Bautista 5, Todd Jones 4
Toronto Blue Jays
David Eckstein, SS4000113 .270
Shannon Stewart, LF4000102 .211
Aaron Hill, 2B3000113 .312
Alex Rios, CF4000011 .303
Matt Stairs, DH4010001 .326
Lyle Overbay, 1B3020110 .279
Marco Scutaro, 3B3000113 .189
Gregg Zaun, C3111113 .264
Joe Inglett, RF4020003 .360
2B - Joe Inglett (1, Lopez)
HR - Gregg Zaun (1, T. Jones)
RBI - Gregg Zaun (4)
Team LOB - 10
E - David Eckstein (3, Misplayed grounder), Alex Rios (2, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
Shaun Marcum (L,2-1) 5.2554421 3.42
Brian Tallet 1.1200020 2.38
Jason Frasor 2200110 3.52
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 103-62, Brian Tallet 19-15, Jason Frasor 34-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 10-6, Jason Frasor 3-2
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 27, Brian Tallet 6, Jason Frasor 9
Game Information
Attendance - 25287
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Jeff Nelson