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Toronto at Detroit

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Detroit (77-66) «1000100031690

Tigers 6, Blue Jays 5 (10)

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DETROIT -- The struggling Tigers needed a little help. Marco Scutaro provided it Monday night.

Scutaro's second error in two innings allowed Brandon Inge to score from second base in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5.

"I'm sure the ball was a little wet," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "We might've caught a break. We did catch a break."

It started raining in the ninth inning,

Pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff belted a tying three-run homer through the raindrops in the ninth and Ryan Raburn also went deep for the American League Central-leading Tigers, who have won two of their last seven.

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"I've hit a lot of home runs in my career, and that one felt like that was my first big league home run," said Huff, who was acquired from Baltimore in a waiver deal. "Every win means so much. I've never been on a team where every game means so much. It's just a great time."

Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion homered for Toronto.

Brian Wolfe (1-2) walked Inge and Curtis Granderson with one out in the 10th. Alex Avila then hit a grounder to first baseman Lyle Overbay. Scutaro, the shortstop, couldn't handle his throw to second and Inge was able to slide home with the winning run.

"Nothing to say. Just went off my mitt. That's it," Scutaro said.

Bobby Seay (6-3) retired one batter to get the win.

Scutaro's first gaffe started the tying rally in the ninth.

Granderson reached on Scutaro's error and pinch-hitter Avila followed with a single. Huff, batting for shortstop Ramon Santiago, then drove Jason Frasor's 2-0 pitch into the right-field stands for his 15th home run.

"It was a fastball count. ... I've had success getting him out with heaters," Frasor said. "I didn't think I got it in enough. He was looking heater and he got it."

Toronto wiped out Detroit's 2-0 lead with five in the sixth. Aaron Hill singled in a run to make it 2-1. Lind, the next batter, homered over the left-center field fence, a three-run blast. The opposite field drive was Lind's 29th home run and gave him 100 RBI.

Encarnacion capped the inning with his homer one out later. The drive to left-center was his second home run.

Raburn gave Detroit a 1-0 lead when he led off the first inning with his 12th homer. He drilled Purcey's 2-1 pitch off the left-field pole.

Raburn's RBI single gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead in the fifth.

Tigers' starter Justin Verlander gave up five runs on 10 hits in seven innings. The AL strikeout leader fanned nine to give him 239.

Toronto starter David Purcey allowed two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out four.

Notes

  • Detroit RHP reliever Fernando Rodney had his three-game suspension reduced to two games. Rodney was suspended for throwing a ball into the stands in frustration after he was ineffective, but got the save, after the final out of a 4-3 win at Tampa Bay on Sept. 4. He served the first game on Monday night and will serve the second during Tuesday night's contest against the Kansas City Royals.
  • Tigers' manager Jim Leyland said Magglio Ordonez will reach the plate appearance incentive in his contract that will give Ordonez an $18 million option for next season. With five on Monday night, Ordonez is three plate appearances shy of the 1,080 over two years that would activate the option.
  • An unidentified crowd manager was struck in the eye by a ball hit during batting practice before the game. He was standing near the Detroit bullpen between the left-field fence and stands near the left-field foul post when he was struck. He was then taken to a hospital via ambulance. Vision in both eyes were tested and determined to be normal.
  • A foul ball into the broadcast booth off Scutaro's bat broke the headset of Tigers' television play-by-play announcer Mario Impemba in the seventh inning.
 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

A. Huff
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Toronto

A. Lind
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, SS5120021 .284
Aaron Hill, 2B5121002 .288
Adam Lind, DH5113002 .298
Vernon Wells, CF3020010 .261
    John McDonald, LF1000000 .258
Lyle Overbay, 1B4010010 .260
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4121012 .207
Jose Bautista, RF-CF4000012 .225
Kyle Phillips, C4010012 .250
Travis Snider, LF-RF4110031 .222
Totals395125010  
Batting
2B - Travis Snider (11, Verlander)
HR - Adam Lind (29, Verlander), Edwin Encarnacion (7, Verlander)
RBI - Aaron Hill (98), Adam Lind 3 (100), Edwin Encarnacion (25)
2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (11)
PK - Vernon Wells (2, Verlander)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Purcey-Overbay
E - Marco Scutaro 2 (10, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
David Purcey 5.2522441 6.32
Shawn Camp (H,5) 0.1100000 3.47
Jesse Carlson (H,12) 0.1000010 4.40
Brandon League (H,8) 0.2000000 4.92
Scott Downs (H,10) 1000010 2.76
Jason Frasor (BS,3) 1332001 2.44
Brian Wolfe (L,1-2) 0.1010210 7.30
WP - Brandon League (9)
Pitches-Strikes - David Purcey 96-53, Shawn Camp 3-3, Jesse Carlson 4-3, Brandon League 10-5, Scott Downs 9-6, Jason Frasor 23-16, Brian Wolfe 19-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Purcey 1-11, Shawn Camp 1-0, Brandon League 2-0, Scott Downs 1-1, Jason Frasor 2-2, Brian Wolfe 1-0
Batters Faced - David Purcey 25, Shawn Camp 2, Jesse Carlson 1, Brandon League 2, Scott Downs 3, Jason Frasor 7, Brian Wolfe 4
Detroit Tigers
Ryan Raburn, LF3122000 .285
   a- Clete Thomas, PH-LF^RF2000011 .244
Placido Polanco, 2B4000102 .276
Magglio Ordonez, RF4020101 .296
    Wilkin Ramirez, PR0000000 .400
    Don Kelly, LF0000000 .245
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5000015 .332
Marcus Thames, DH5000022 .254
Brandon Inge, 3B3110222 .234
Curtis Granderson, CF3100202 .248
Gerald Laird, C3110001 .225
   b- Alex Avila, PH-C2110000 .300
Adam Everett, SS1000010 .239
   c- Ramon Santiago, PH-SS1010000 .259
   d- Aubrey Huff, PH1113000 .246
    Brent Dlugach, SS0000000 .000
Totals3769567  
a-struck out for Raburn in the 7th
b-singled for Laird in the 9th
c-hit a bunt single for Everett in the 7th
d-homered for Santiago in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brandon Inge (12, Purcey)
HR - Ryan Raburn (12, Purcey), Aubrey Huff (15, Frasor)
SH - Adam Everett (13)
RBI - Ryan Raburn 2 (39), Aubrey Huff 3 (83)
SB - Placido Polanco (7, 2nd base off League/Phillips)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Everett-Verlander, Santiago-Polanco
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander 71055092 3.34
Fu-Te Ni 1000000 3.04
Jeremy Bonderman 1100000 9.00
Ryan Perry 0.2100010 4.08
Bobby Seay (W,6-3) 0.1000000 3.69
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 104-72, Fu-Te Ni 11-8, Jeremy Bonderman 10-6, Ryan Perry 8-6, Bobby Seay 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 4-6, Fu-Te Ni 1-2
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 29, Fu-Te Ni 3, Jeremy Bonderman 3, Ryan Perry 3, Bobby Seay 1
Game Information
Attendance - 24375
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Rick Reed, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg