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TORONTO -- With the count full, Jhonny Peralta was looking for a breaking ball. He got one, and ended a seven-day drought between hits by connecting for a big home run.
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"We had the right tonic for a nice winning formula today: a three-run homer and excellent pitching," manager Jim Leyland said.
The Tigers had lost three in a row and four of five to fall out of the AL Central lead.
"Jhonny had a huge day," Leyland said.
Peralta came in mired in an 0-for-17 slump and hadn't gotten a base hit since going 2 for 3 in a 7-1 win over Chicago in July 21.
He snapped out of that funk in his first plate appearance Sunday, capping a nine-pitch at bat with a home run.
After fouling off five pitches from Cecil, Peralta said he was sitting on the breaking ball when the count went full.
"The first game we played here [Friday], I got to 3-2 a couple of times and they threw me a lot of breaking balls," Peralta said. "Today I was thinking `OK, if it's 3-2 and they throw a breaking ball to me, something will happen.' It happened."
Fister (5-7) won for the fourth time in five starts, allowing one run and seven hits, all singles. He struck out nine and matched his longest outing of the season.
"An excellent pitching performance," Leyland said. "Doug did an great job of keeping them off balance all day long and mixed his pitches extremely well."
Jose Valverde closed for his 20th save in 24 chances as Detroit avoided being swept in Toronto for the first time since Sept. 5-7, 2003.
Cecil (2-4) gave up three runs and four hits in a season-best 6 2/3 innings. He walked a season-high four and struck out seven.
Cecil has given up no more than three runs in each of his past three starts, but has lost all of them. The Blue Jays have scored just two runs behind him in that span.
The lefty has allowed a home run in each of his past four starts and has surrendered nine long balls in eight starts this season.
"I'm not going to change anything," Cecil said. "Just keep doing what I'm doing. Wins will come."
Blue Jays manager John Farrell said he can live with home runs, as long as they don't always come with runners on.
"The old adage is solo home runs aren't going to beat you, it's what happens prior," Farrell said. "The walk contributed. I thought he threw a number of good pitches that were borderline and he didn't get a call on. But still, six plus innings, I thought he did a good job here today."
The Blue Jays put runners at first and second with two outs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, but failed to score each time. Brett Lawrie fouled out to end the third, Jeff Mathis grounded out to close the fourth and Edwin Encarnacion grounded out in the fifth.
"He's pretty good at staying calm when he gets in a tight situation," Leyland said. "That's a trait of a real good pitcher."
|Fister picks up his first winning decision since June 16 after tossing eight innings of seven-hit ball against the Blue Jays. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Austin Jackson, CF||2||0||1||0||2||0||0||.317|
|Omar Infante, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.278|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.324|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.305|
|Delmon Young, DH||3||1||0||0||1||0||0||.267|
|Ryan Raburn, LF||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.173|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||2||2||4||0||0||0||.263|
|Brennan Boesch, RF||3||0||0||0||0||3||0||.246|
|Don Kelly, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.175|
|Gerald Laird, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.291|
|2B - Ryan Raburn (14, Cecil)|
|HR - Jhonny Peralta 2 (8, Cecil, Carreno)|
|RBI - Jhonny Peralta 4 (37)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jhonny Peralta (19)|
|CS - Austin Jackson (4, 2nd base by Carreno/Mathis)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|E - Gerald Laird (2, Throwing)|
|Doug Fister (W,5-7)||8||7||1||1||2||9||0||3.77|
|Jose Valverde (S,20)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.80|
|Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 109-71, Jose Valverde 15-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 8-7, Jose Valverde 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Doug Fister 33, Jose Valverde 3|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Rajai Davis, DH||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.258|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.246|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.288|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.299|
|Travis Snider, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.235|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.255|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.238|
|Jeff Mathis, C||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.253|
|Anthony Gose, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.192|
|RBI - Colby Rasmus (64)|
|SB - Rajai Davis (28, 3rd base off Fister/Laird), Anthony Gose (2, 2nd base off Fister/Laird)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Brett Cecil (L,2-4)||6.2||4||3||3||4||7||1||5.56|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brett Cecil 109-73, Joel Carreno 21-16, Evan Crawford 7-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Cecil 5-8, Joel Carreno 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Brett Cecil 28, Joel Carreno 6, Evan Crawford 1|
|Attendance - 35975|
|Game Time - 2:33|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Jerry Meals|