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Blue Jays 6, Tigers 4

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DETROIT -- Brian Tallet has bounced back and forth between Toronto's rotation and bullpen all season.

So far, a bit of stability seems to be doing him good.

Tallet, who is expected to start for the rest of the season, responded with one of his best outings of the year in a 6-4 victory over Detroit Friday night.

"It helps with my focus, because I know I'll be getting the ball every five days or so," he said. "I'm just trying to soak up as many innings as I can."

 Six-year-old runs onto field

Tallet (7-9) is now 2-0 as a starter in September. He allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings, and matched a career high with seven strikeouts.

"When I strike guys out, it is usually an accident," he said. "I'm mainly pitching to contact, but tonight I was getting ahead of guys and putting them away. I don't usually do that."

The AL Central-leading Tigers have lost four straight to Kansas City and Toronto after a six-game winning streak.

"Maybe we're looking at the scoreboard, but we should be looking at something else," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "I think guys are a little too casual around here. They need to step it up. We need to play better, pitch better, hit better and shut some people down."

One Tiger, though, thought the opposition pitching had more to do with the losses than any loss of focus.

"It's hard not to look at the scoreboard, because they are everywhere," said Curtis Granderson. "You have to look at how we've lost these four games. Kansas City pitched well, and that's why they won, and tonight the Jays pitched well."

The Blue Jays won for just the third time in their last 13 road games.

"This is great for our team, because we get a chance to play spoiler," Tallet said. "That's a bonus for us."

Three relievers finished, with Jason Frasor pitching the ninth for his ninth save.

"Jason's been great for us," Toronto manager Cito Gaston said. "I don't know if the success comes first or the confidence, but he's got both of them right now and they build off each other."

Nate Robertson (1-2) took the loss, allowing two runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings. He walked five.

Toronto loaded the bases with two out in the first, but Rod Barajas flew out to the warning track in left to end the inning, and the Blue Jays stranded two more runners in each of the next two innings.

"We let them get away a couple times at the beginning of the game," Gaston said. "Two of the balls we hit would probably have been out of most parks, especially the one Rod hit, but we got a couple out later."

The Tigers took advantage in the third, taking a 1-0 lead when Gerald Laird doubled and scored on Ryan Raburn's sacrifice fly.

Toronto broke through in the fourth, chasing Robertson with a pair of runs. With two out, Adam Lind's single brought home Randy Ruiz, and Vernon Wells followed with an RBI double.

Wells made it 3-1 with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly off Armando Galarraga, and Tallet got out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the inning. Barajas homered in the seventh, and after a Edwin Encarnacion single, Ruiz's two-run homer off Ryan Perry gave the Blue Jays a 6-1 lead.

Detroit rallied for three runs on five hits and a sacrifice fly in the seventh, but Jeremy Accardo struck out Brandon Inge to end the inning with runners on the corners. The Tigers also stranded two runners in the eighth.

Notes

Granderson hit seventh for the Tigers -- the first time in his career that he had batted in that spot, and the lowest he has hit since batting eighth on June 22, 2008. ... Robertson left the game with a strained groin and will undergo further tests on Saturday. ... A small child ran on the field between the seventh and eighth innings and picked up the ball sitting behind the mound before returning to the stands. ... Lind left the game with a shin contusion, and is listed as day-to-day.

 
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Players of the Game
Toronto

A. Hill
AB 6
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
Detroit

R. Raburn
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, SS3100302 .280
Aaron Hill, 2B6140003 .290
Adam Lind, LF3011001 .301
   a- Travis Snider, PH-LF2000014 .231
Vernon Wells, CF3022102 .255
Kevin Millar, 1B4000115 .213
    Lyle Overbay, 1B0000000 .265
Rod Barajas, C4111113 .239
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B5120002 .204
Randy Ruiz, DH5222010 .277
Jose Bautista, RF2000211 .227
Totals37612685  
a-struck out for Lind in the 7th
Batting
2B - Vernon Wells (32, Robertson)
HR - Rod Barajas (17, Galarraga), Randy Ruiz (7, Perry)
SF - Vernon Wells (5)
RBI - Adam Lind (97), Vernon Wells 2 (59), Rod Barajas (62), Randy Ruiz 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Lind (30), Vernon Wells (26)
Team LOB - 15
Fielding
DP - Barajas-Hill
Toronto Blue Jays
Brian Tallet (W,7-9) 6.1833270 5.26
Jeremy Accardo 0.2311010 2.84
Scott Downs (H,8) 1200000 2.86
Jason Frasor (S,9) 1000000 2.15
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Tallet 104-66, Jeremy Accardo 17-10, Scott Downs 22-13, Jason Frasor 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Tallet 5-6, Scott Downs 2-1, Jason Frasor 2-1
Batters Faced - Brian Tallet 28, Jeremy Accardo 5, Scott Downs 5, Jason Frasor 3
Detroit Tigers
Ryan Raburn, LF4122020 .288
Placido Polanco, 2B5120003 .277
Magglio Ordonez, RF5020001 .290
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5011021 .334
Marcus Thames, DH3021010 .260
   a- Aubrey Huff, PH-DH1000000 .245
Brandon Inge, 3B2000212 .230
Curtis Granderson, CF4000005 .251
Gerald Laird, C4220010 .221
Adam Everett, SS4020011 .240
Totals37413428  
a-flied out for Thames in the 9th
Batting
2B - Marcus Thames (9, Tallet), Gerald Laird (21, Tallet), Adam Everett (19, Tallet)
SF - Ryan Raburn (1), Marcus Thames (5)
RBI - Ryan Raburn 2 (37), Miguel Cabrera (85), Marcus Thames (34)
CS - Magglio Ordonez (1, 2nd base by Tallet/Barajas)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Raburn 1
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (L,1-2) 3.2622500 5.35
Armando Galarraga 2.1333131 5.46
Ryan Perry 1211111 4.13
Brandon Lyon 1100000 2.86
Fernando Rodney 1000110 3.75
HBP - Lind (by Armando Galarraga), J. Bautista (by Fernando Rodney)
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 83-41, Armando Galarraga 43-28, Ryan Perry 26-15, Brandon Lyon 9-6, Fernando Rodney 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 2-2, Brandon Lyon 2-0, Fernando Rodney 2-0
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 22, Armando Galarraga 12, Ryan Perry 6, Brandon Lyon 3, Fernando Rodney 5
Game Information
Attendance - 31575
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Tim Timmons