Detroit at Toronto

W: J. Litsch (3-2) L: P. Coke (1-5)
S: F. Francisco (2)
HR: DET - None   TOR - A. Lind (7)

Blue Jays 7, Tigers 4 wire reports

TORONTO -- Adam Lind is in a groove and sticking with a routine.

"Go home, watch CNN, go to sleep," Lind said. "The same thing, pretty much every night."

Nothing special, but considering the way he's hitting lately, there is no need to change it up.

Lind homered, drove in two runs, and extended his hitting streak to 11 games, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 7-4 on Friday night.

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Lind had an RBI single off Phil Coke (1-5) during a three-run first and added a solo drive to center in the eighth, his seventh of the season. Toronto's first baseman is batting .477 (21 for 44) during his streak.

"He's hitting home runs, he's doing it all right now," said Blue Jays starter Jesse Litsch, who struck out a career-high nine.

Lind, who came in tied with three other players for the AL RBI lead, went 2 for 5 as the Blue Jays collected a season-high 15 hits. Lind has 27 RBI, including 15 in his past 10 games.

"He's obviously a very powerful guy but he's got tremendous balance with just a great swing," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He's been swinging exceptionally well."

Litsch (3-2) won for the second time in three starts since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on April 25. The right-hander allowed one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings and walked three.

"He did a really good job of mixing speeds and location," Detroit's Scott Sizemore said. "He had everything going tonight."

The nine strikeouts were one more than Litsch had against the New York Yankees on Sept. 23, 2008.

"A lot of them were cutters," Litsch said. "They were just going straight down. That's where I want to be."

Brandon Inge hit a two-run double off Shawn Camp in the ninth and Sizemore added an RBI single as Detroit cut the deficit in half. Frank Francisco came on and ended it by getting Brennan Boesch to line out, picking up his second save.

Detroit had runners at first and second with two outs in the top of the first, but Litsch got out of it when Boesch was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on Victor Martinez's single to left.

"That was obviously a big play," Leyland said. "We thought we had one on the board. We didn't get anything to show for it and they end up getting three on the board."

Toronto jumped on Coke in the bottom of the first, with five of the first six batters collecting singles. Lind opened the scoring with a base hit to left before Juan Rivera and J.P. Arencibia followed with run-scoring singles up the middle.

The Blue Jays got one more in the third. Rivera led off with a single and scored when Arencibia doubled up the alley in right-center.

After his shaky first, Litsch set down seven of the next eight batters but gave up a run in the fourth. Martinez drew a one-out walk, moved to third on a double by Magglio Ordonez and scored on Jhonny Peralta's RBI grounder.

"We didn't do a whole lot with him," Leyland said.

Lind's homer off Brayan Villarreal put Toronto up 5-1, and a two-out bloop single by Corey Patterson in the eighth scored two more. Brad Thomas surrendered the hit but both runs were charged to Villarreal.

Coke, who has not won in four starts, allowed four runs and a career-high 11 hits in six innings.

The Tigers had homered in nine consecutive games in Toronto dating to Apr. 21, 2008, but failed to clear the fence in this one.


Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill (right hamstring) and OF Jose Bautista (stiff neck) remain on track to return Sunday, manager John Farrell said. ... Blue Jays LHP Ricky Romero, whose scheduled start Thursday at Tampa Bay was pushed back because of soreness in his side, is expected pitch against the Tigers on Saturday. ... Lind had a career-high 14 game hitting streak in 2010.

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Toronto's Adam Lind gets around Tigers catcher Alex Avila to score in the first inning. (AP)
Toronto's Adam Lind gets around Tigers catcher Alex Avila to score in the first inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Lind
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1

J. Peralta
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF3010020 .194
   a- Don Kelly, PH-CF2010000 .235
Scott Sizemore, 2B4011121 .313
Brennan Boesch, LF5000024 .304
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3000111 .330
Victor Martinez, DH3110102 .261
    Ryan Raburn, PR-DH0100000 .229
Magglio Ordonez, RF4010001 .184
Jhonny Peralta, SS4121010 .267
Alex Avila, C4000002 .290
Brandon Inge, 3B4112031 .202
a-flied out for Jackson in the 8th
2B - Magglio Ordonez (2, Litsch), Brandon Inge (7, Camp)
RBI - Scott Sizemore (2), Jhonny Peralta (13), Brandon Inge 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Sizemore (1), Brandon Inge 2 (6)
Team LOB - 8
E - Brandon Inge (5, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Phil Coke (L,1-5) 61144050 4.75
Brayan Villarreal 1.2333011 5.79
Brad Thomas 0.1100110 10.00
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Coke 79-58, Brayan Villarreal 32-21, Brad Thomas 12-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Coke 6-7, Brayan Villarreal 3-1
Batters Faced - Phil Coke 29, Brayan Villarreal 8, Brad Thomas 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Rajai Davis, RF5110001 .183
Corey Patterson, CF5032012 .274
Yunel Escobar, SS4110100 .252
Adam Lind, 1B5222024 .317
Juan Rivera, LF4131000 .242
J.P. Arencibia, C4022001 .263
Edwin Encarnacion, DH4110014 .250
Mike McCoy, 3B4110023 .244
John McDonald, 2B4010013 .211
2B - Corey Patterson 2 (6, Coke, Thomas), J.P. Arencibia (4, Coke), John McDonald (2, Coke)
HR - Adam Lind (7, Villarreal)
RBI - Corey Patterson 2 (13), Adam Lind 2 (27), Juan Rivera (8), J.P. Arencibia 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Corey Patterson 2 (9)
CS - Corey Patterson (4, 2nd base by Coke/Avila)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Juan Rivera 1
E - Yunel Escobar (2, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
Jesse Litsch (W,3-2) 6.1411390 4.04
Jason Frasor (H,3) 0.2000010 1.88
Jon Rauch 1000010 3.75
Shawn Camp 0.2430000 2.35
Frank Francisco (S,2) 0.1000000 2.70
WP - Jon Rauch (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jesse Litsch 95-53, Jason Frasor 7-6, Jon Rauch 10-8, Shawn Camp 21-14, Frank Francisco 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jesse Litsch 5-4, Jason Frasor 1-0, Shawn Camp 2-1
Batters Faced - Jesse Litsch 25, Jason Frasor 2, Jon Rauch 4, Shawn Camp 7, Frank Francisco 1
Game Information
Attendance - 19711
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Dan Iassogna