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Renteria-led eighth saves Tigers from four-game sweep

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DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland is determined to get the most out of his team down the stretch of a disappointing season.

Edgar Renteria hit a tiebreaking two-run double in Detroit's five-run eighth inning and the Tigers avoided a four-game sweep with a 5-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.

Detroit is 9½ games back of the AL Central-leading White Sox, and Leyland addressed the team before the win over Toronto.

"We've got a lot of pride here. I just wanted to make sure we didn't get lulled to sleep," Leyland said. "You can't always have a good performance but you can come here and play hard."

Armando Galarraga (11-4) pitched eight sharp innings for Detroit, allowing a run and six hits.

"Keep the game tight is what I wanted and the guys came through," Galarraga said.

The Tigers struggled against Jesse Litsch, who tossed seven shutout innings and handed a 1-0 lead over to the Blue Jays bullpen. Litsch allowed four hits and walked two.

"I was able to hit the zone with all my pitches, but the sinker was most effective for me," he said. "I was able to stick with my game plan."

Jesse Carlson got the first out of the eighth before Jason Frasor (1-2) walked Placido Polanco. Magglio Ordonez flied out but Polanco advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Miguel Cabrera's tying single.

Detroit loaded the bases on two more walks, one intentional, and Renteria hit a liner into left-center field to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead. Brandon Inge followed with a two-run single.

"I've always had success in that situation," Renteria said.

Like many of the Tigers this season, Renteria has struggled. He's hitting .264 with six home runs and 42 RBI.

"That's the Edgar Renteria I've known for a lot of years," Leyland said after the big hit.

Frasor recorded just one out and was charged with five runs and two hits.

"I just didn't have the guys ready in the bullpen to do the job," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston. "I thought that Frasor would be my best bet, but he couldn't get the job done."

Lyle Overbay led off the fifth with his ninth homer for Toronto. Galarraga allowed two-out singles to Joe Inglett and Marco Scutaro before Alex Rios hit into an inning-ending fielder's choice.

Galarraga also allowed a one-out triple to Rios in the eighth but retired Vernon Wells and Matt Stairs on groundouts to get out of the inning.

"He was just outstanding," Gaston said. "We had opportunities to score, but he just kept shutting us down."

Notes

  • The Tigers optioned RHP Freddy Dolsi to Triple-A Toledo after the game.
  • Gaston said he hopes LHP Scott Downs (sprained ankle) will be able to pitch in a few days, maybe as early as Saturday.
  • Detroit 3B Carlos Guillen missed his second straight game with lower back stiffness
  • Tigers LHP Dontrelle Willis is scheduled to make his first start at Triple-A Toledo on Friday. Willis was promoted from Class A Lakeland on Tuesday where he had been working on his control.
 
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Edgar Renteria's teammates show appreciation after his tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth. (AP)
Edgar Renteria's teammates show appreciation after his tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

E. Renteria
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Detroit

A. Galarraga
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 2
K 6
 

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Marco Scutaro, 3B4010002 .255
Alex Rios, RF4010014 .280
Vernon Wells, CF4000002 .286
Matt Stairs, DH3000111 .248
Adam Lind, LF3000101 .295
Lyle Overbay, 1B4111012 .265
Gregg Zaun, C4000021 .231
John McDonald, SS3010010 .217
Totals3316128  
Batting
3B - Alex Rios (5, Galarraga)
HR - Lyle Overbay (9, Galarraga)
RBI - Lyle Overbay (47)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - McDonald-Inglett-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Jesse Litsch 7400230 4.20
Jesse Carlson (H,15) 0.1000000 2.09
Jason Frasor (BS,1; L,1-2) 0.1255300 4.42
Shawn Camp 0.1100010 3.60
IBB - Sheffield by Jason Frasor
HBP - Inge (by Jesse Litsch)
WP - Jason Frasor (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Jesse Litsch 111-67, Jesse Carlson 2-1, Jason Frasor 22-10, Shawn Camp 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jesse Litsch 8-9
Batters Faced - Jesse Litsch 27, Jesse Carlson 1, Jason Frasor 6, Shawn Camp 2
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3000110 .293
Placido Polanco, 2B3100101 .309
Magglio Ordonez, RF3010101 .320
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4121002 .295
Gary Sheffield, DH3100111 .220
Matt Joyce, LF3110110 .269
Edgar Renteria, SS4122001 .264
Brandon Inge, 3B3012001 .220
Dane Sardinha, C4000014 .097
Totals3057554  
Batting
2B - Edgar Renteria (16, Frasor)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (92), Edgar Renteria 2 (42), Brandon Inge 2 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera (32), Edgar Renteria 2 (17), Brandon Inge 2 (17)
Team LOB - 7
Detroit Tigers
Armando Galarraga (W,11-4) 8611261 3.11
Fernando Rodney 1000020 4.68
Pitches-Strikes - Armando Galarraga 121-78, Fernando Rodney 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 11-7, Fernando Rodney 1-0
Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 32, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41259
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Field Culbreth