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Tigers 3, Blue Jays 2

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DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez was sharp from the start -- but to win this one the Detroit Tigers would need contributions from a couple more of their newest acquisitions.

Sanchez pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Omar Infante tripled and scored, and Jeff Baker drove in a run with a single to lead the Tigers to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

Sanchez (2-3), acquired with Infante from Miami in a five-player deal last month, allowed one earned run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two, leaving with the tying run on third base.

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"I just feel great when I can control my pitches," Sanchez said. "Today I feel more relaxed, I feel more comfortable on the mound and that's what the result was today."

It may have been his best outing with the Tigers. The right-hander allowed 12 runs in his previous two starts but stayed mostly out of trouble against Toronto.

"His stuff was really electric, probably as crisp as it's been since we got him," Detroit catcher Alex Avila said. "He looked great, using all his pitches. He had real good life on his fastball."

Detroit's bullpen closed it out, with Jose Valverde pitching the ninth for his 25th save in 29 chances, and 100th save as a Tiger.

Detroit trails the first-place Chicago White Sox by two games in the AL Central.

Aaron Laffey (3-5) allowed two earned runs and five hits in six-plus innings. He walked three and struck out two.

The Blue Jays have been held to three or fewer runs for six straight games.

Infante's triple in the fourth was Detroit's first hit of the game, and he came home on a wild pitch to make it 1-0.

Baker, acquired from the Chicago Cubs earlier this month, added an RBI single in the fifth, but the Blue Jays came back with an unearned run in the sixth. Rajai Davis walked, stole second and went to third on Sanchez's error on a pickoff throw. He eventually scored on Edwin Encarnacion's single.

But the Tigers didn't have a monopoly on poor defense. Toronto shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria's error allowed Austin Jackson to reach in the bottom of the inning. He was sacrificed to second and came in to score on Prince Fielder's single.

Davis' throw home from left field nearly had Jackson, but the ball scooted away from catcher Jeff Mathis as Jackson slid home.

"I thought Aaron threw the ball really well," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "We had an error in one inning and missed a bang-bang play at the plate, and that puts you on the short end of a 3-2 scoreline."

Hechavarria's sacrifice fly in the seventh made it 3-2, and Sanchez left the game after that. Brayan Villarreal got Davis to ground out to end that threat.

In the eighth, Detroit's Joaquin Benoit allowed a walk and a single, and an error put runners on second and third with two out. Yorvit Torrealba hit a flyball to center for the third out.

Omar Vizquel had a pinch-hit single for the Blue Jays in the ninth, but the 45-year-old was thrown out trying to steal second to end the game.

"We're struggling to score runs, so we're trying to manufacture something with two outs," Farrell said. "Valverde has a slow release, so we were going to go after him even with medium-speed runners. We're trying to force Avila into making a perfect throw, and he did. You just tip your cap on that one."

Notes

Toronto 1B David Cooper left in the sixth with a jammed neck. He is day to day. Mathis came in to catch and Torrealba went to first, playing there for the first time in his career. ... Jacob Turner, the key player the Tigers sent to Miami for Sanchez and Infante, allowed three runs in six innings Wednesday in his debut for the Marlins. ... Laffey pitched three hitless innings to start the game. He's holding hitters to a .176 average the first time through the order. ... Toronto's Colby Rasmus went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. He's in an 0-for-26 slump. ... Olympic gymnast Jordyn Wieber threw out a ceremonial first pitch. ... Detroit's Justin Verlander (12-7) starts Thursday against Toronto's J.A. Happ (2-1). Verlander threw a no-hitter against the Blue Jays last year.

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

A. Sanchez
IP 6.2
H 5
ER 1
BB 2
K 6
Toronto

M. Sierra
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rajai Davis, LF3100101 .253
Colby Rasmus, CF4000030 .235
Edwin Encarnacion, DH3011100 .291
David Cooper, 1B2010000 .300
   a- Jeff Mathis, PH-C2000012 .217
Moises Sierra, RF4020012 .347
    Anthony Gose, PR-RF0000000 .192
Yorvit Torrealba, C-1B3110103 .238
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000013 .227
Mike McCoy, 3B4010012 .214
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS2001010 .156
   b- Omar Vizquel, PH1010000 .217
Totals3227238  
a-fouled out for Cooper in the 6th
b-singled for Hechavarria in the 9th
Batting
2B - Moises Sierra (2, Sanchez)
SF - Adeiny Hechavarria (1)
RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (84), Adeiny Hechavarria (2)
SB - Rajai Davis (39, 2nd base off Sanchez/Avila), Mike McCoy (1, 2nd base off Sanchez/Avila)
CS - Omar Vizquel (1, 2nd base by Valverde/Avila)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Laffey-Hechavarria-Cooper, Johnson-Hechavarria-Cooper
E - Adeiny Hechavarria (2, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Laffey (L,3-5) 6532320 4.56
Steve Delabar 1000130 3.75
Casey Janssen 1000120 2.22
IBB - Cabrera by Aaron Laffey
WP - Aaron Laffey (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Laffey 90-51, Steve Delabar 21-16, Casey Janssen 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Laffey 13-2
Batters Faced - Aaron Laffey 25, Steve Delabar 4, Casey Janssen 4
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF4100022 .310
Omar Infante, 2B3110012 .287
Miguel Cabrera, 3B2000200 .326
Prince Fielder, 1B3011101 .310
Jhonny Peralta, SS4000012 .256
Delmon Young, DH4110013 .268
Andy Dirks, LF-RF2010100 .333
Jeff Baker, RF2011001 .260
   a- Quintin Berry, PH-LF1000011 .272
Alex Avila, C2000111 .253
Totals2735257  
a-struck out for Baker in the 7th
Batting
3B - Omar Infante (6, Laffey)
SH - Omar Infante (6)
RBI - Prince Fielder (89), Jeff Baker (24)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Baker (3)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Andy Dirks 2 (3, Misplayed grounder), Anibal Sanchez (2, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Anibal Sanchez (W,7-10) 6.2521260 4.38
Brayan Villarreal (H,8) 0.1000000 2.27
Joaquin Benoit (H,25) 1100120 3.25
Jose Valverde (S,25) 1100000 3.48
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 101-63, Brayan Villarreal 2-2, Joaquin Benoit 21-12, Jose Valverde 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 6-8, Brayan Villarreal 1-0
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 27, Brayan Villarreal 1, Joaquin Benoit 5, Jose Valverde 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37225
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Chad Fairchild