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Jays survive shaky 9th, give Morrow first win in weeks

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TORONTO -- Brandon Morrow is all but unhittable at home.

Jose Bautista had a two-run triple, Morrow earned his 10th win and the Toronto Blue Jays held off the Detroit Tigers 5-4 Saturday despite a shaky ninth inning.

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Morrow won his fifth straight decision, a career best, and improved to 8-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 13 home starts. He hasn't lost in Toronto since April 14, his first home start of the season.

"You just feel comfortable out there," Morrow said. "I didn't feel real comfortable in Minnesota, say. I don't know why, it's just the way everything looks."

Morrow (10-6) allowed one run and four hits in six innings to win for the first time since coming within one out of a no-hitter in a 17-strikeout performance Aug. 8 against Tampa Bay.

"He has almost like a rising, riding fastball," Detroit's Brandon Inge said. "The way he turns, he hides it well, so it looks a lot harder than it is. Then he's got a slider that looks exactly like his fastball, so it's good deception. It makes him very tough. I've faced No. 1 starters on certain teams that weren't as good as him."

Morrow walked one and struck out nine. The right-hander has fanned 40 batters in his past four starts.

"He just gets better all the time," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said.

One day after blowing a late lead, Kevin Gregg struck out Ramon Santiago with a runner on second for his 30th save in 35 chances.

The major-league leader in home runs with 42, Bautista went 2 for 3 with a double, a triple and a walk. He has 99 RBI this season.

Travis Snider was 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI to help Toronto overcome Miguel Cabrera's 33rd homer.

Jason Frasor and Brian Tallet each pitched a scoreless inning before Detroit rallied in the ninth.

Scott Downs hit pinch-hitter Austin Jackson in the leg with a pitch and Ryan Raburn followed with a double before Inge struck out. Pinch-hitter Jhonny Peralta walked to load the bases and Alex Avila hit an RBI groundout, chasing Downs.

Gregg came on and gave up a two-run double to Casper Wells, then struck out Santiago. The closer squandered a one-run lead in the ninth inning Friday night before the Blue Jays won in the 11th.

Toronto won consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 15-16.

The Tigers had a chance to get to Morrow in the first but ran themselves out of the inning with some sloppy baserunning. Will Rhymes led off with a double but was caught in a rundown on Santiago's ineffective bunt. Santiago tried to advance to second, but was thrown out, leaving manager Jim Leyland fuming about his team's poor execution.

"That didn't look like much of a play for eight innings, but in the ninth, that's a big play," Leyland said.

The Blue Jays scored three times in the bottom half to jump on Alfredo Figaro (0-2), making his first start of the season in place of injured right-hander Jeremy Bonderman, scratched Friday with soreness in his right side.

Leadoff hitter Fred Lewis drew a four-pitch walk and stole second. Yunel Escobar singled and Bautista drove in both runners with a triple to center. Vernon Wells followed with an RBI grounder.

Cabrera hit a leadoff shot into the second deck in left in the second inning, his second homer in two days. Detroit has homered in 10 straight road games, hitting 20 homers during that span.

Adam Lind hit an RBI double in the third, but a missed call by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi cost Toronto a run in the fourth. Snider was called out at home on Lewis' chopper to third, even though replays showed Snider's foot beat the tag by Avila.

"That's why you might need video, because that's an important run right there," Gaston said.

Inge reached on a throwing error to begin the fifth and went to third on Avila's single but was thrown out at home when Rhymes bounced back to the mound.

Aaron Hill chased Figaro with a leadoff double in the sixth and Snider followed with an RBI double off left-hander Brad Thomas.

Figaro allowed five runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.

"He's got to get the ball down better," Leyland said. "Everything they hit was up."

Toronto third baseman Edwin Encarnacion left in the eighth with a sprained left wrist and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Blue Jays recalled infielder Mike McCoy from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Notes

  • Morrow is 2-5 with a 6.31 ERA in 12 road starts.
  • Detroit C Gerald Laird (back) was unavailable for the second straight game and remains day to day.
  • After leaving Friday's game with an illness, Toronto 1B Lyle Overbay stayed home Saturday, with Lind starting in his place.
  • The Tigers also homered in 10 straight road games July 3-22, 2008.
  • Detroit RHP Rick Porcello (6-11) faces Toronto LHP Marc Rzepczynski (1-2) in Sunday's series finale.
 
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Brandon Morrow wins for the first time since Aug. 8, when he came within one out of a no-hitter in a 17-strikeout performance. (AP)
Brandon Morrow wins for the first time since Aug. 8, when he came within one out of a no-hitter in a 17-strikeout performance. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

J. Bautista
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Detroit

C. Wells
AB 2
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Rhymes, 2B3010011 .319
   a- Casper Wells, PH-LF2022000 .250
Ramon Santiago, SS4000134 .273
Johnny Damon, DH4010023 .270
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4111003 .341
Brennan Boesch, RF3000030 .270
   b- Austin Jackson, PH0100000 .308
Ryan Raburn, LF-2B4120000 .251
Brandon Inge, 3B4000033 .254
Don Kelly, CF3000022 .233
   c- Jhonny Peralta, PH0100100 .245
Alex Avila, C3011110 .217
Totals34484315  
a-singled for Rhymes in the 8th
b-hit by pitch for Boesch in the 9th
c-walked for Kelly in the 9th
Batting
2B - Will Rhymes (7, Morrow), Casper Wells (2, Gregg), Ryan Raburn (18, Downs)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (33, Morrow)
RBI - Casper Wells 2 (4), Miguel Cabrera (106), Alex Avila (22)
2-OUT RBI - Casper Wells 2 (4)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Don Kelly 1
DP - Santiago-Rhymes-Cabrera
E - Brennan Boesch (8, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alfredo Figaro (L,0-2) 5855210 7.45
Brad Thomas 1100020 4.29
Daniel Schlereth 2300020 5.00
Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Figaro 69-44, Brad Thomas 18-12, Daniel Schlereth 26-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Figaro 6-7, Brad Thomas 1-0, Daniel Schlereth 2-1
Batters Faced - Alfredo Figaro 24, Brad Thomas 4, Daniel Schlereth 8
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Fred Lewis, DH3100111 .265
Yunel Escobar, SS4220002 .255
Jose Bautista, RF3122101 .266
Vernon Wells, CF4001012 .268
Adam Lind, 1B4021010 .234
Aaron Hill, 2B4110012 .209
Travis Snider, LF4031001 .246
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3010001 .246
    John McDonald, 3B1010000 .248
Jose Molina, C4000015 .259
Totals34512525  
Batting
2B - Jose Bautista (29, Schlereth), Adam Lind (22, Figaro), Aaron Hill (19, Figaro), Travis Snider 2 (15, Figaro, Thomas)
3B - Jose Bautista (3, Figaro)
RBI - Jose Bautista 2 (99), Vernon Wells (67), Adam Lind (58), Travis Snider (22)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Lind (30)
SB - Fred Lewis (15, 2nd base off Figaro/Avila)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Morrow-Encarnacion-Escobar-Hill, Escobar-Hill-Lind
E - Edwin Encarnacion (15, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Morrow (W,10-6) 6511191 4.27
Jason Frasor 1000020 4.11
Brian Tallet 1100120 6.11
Scott Downs 0.2133110 2.79
Kevin Gregg (S,30) 0.1100010 3.35
HBP - Jackson (by Scott Downs)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Morrow 98-61, Jason Frasor 15-10, Brian Tallet 21-13, Scott Downs 21-9, Kevin Gregg 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Morrow 5-3, Jason Frasor 1-0, Scott Downs 1-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Morrow 23, Jason Frasor 3, Brian Tallet 5, Scott Downs 5, Kevin Gregg 2
Game Information
Attendance - 27119
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Jerry Crawford