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Arencibia hit a three-run double in the seventh inning and the Blue Jays rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Detroit Tigers 8-6 on Wednesday.
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Toronto had opened a season of high expectations with five losses in seven games.
"No reason to panic, but when you see it slipping away in the fifth or sixth inning, it was nice for the bats to come alive," said DeRosa, whose pinch-hit double in the sixth got the comeback started in earnest. "We obviously didn't get off to the start we wanted to, but we fought."
Detroit led 6-1 in the sixth, but starter Rick Porcello allowed hits to the first three batters that inning. They all eventually scored, and Toronto added four more runs the following inning.
Brayan Villarreal (0-1) came on with one on and one out in the seventh and proceeded to walk three straight hitters, forcing in a run. Arencibia followed with a drive to the gap in left-center off Octavio Dotel to make it 8-6.
"It was nice to finally get a few hits and walks and guys grinding out at-bats, and string it all in the same inning," Arencibia said. "To score, you need to be able to do that collectively in an inning."
The game started after a rain delay of 2 hours, 29 minutes, and it was also raining when the Tigers made the final out.
Three of those runs came home after Buehrle left the game in the fifth. Reliever Steve Delabar allowed bases-loaded walks to Victor Martinez and pinch-hitter Andy Dirks, and Jhonny Peralta added an RBI single to make it 6-1.
But Porcello didn't get another out. He allowed four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings and left the lead to what is already a beleaguered Detroit bullpen. The Tigers don't have a set closer. Manager Jim Leyland says he's willing to use anyone to pitch with a lead in the ninth inning -- but he never even got to make that decision Wednesday.
"We really didn't give ourselves a chance," Leyland said. "We walked the guys. You don't give yourself a chance when you walk guys."
Oliver got a bizarre assist when Austin Jackson's line drive hit him around the left elbow and bounced right to DeRosa at first base for an easy 1-3 putout. The left-hander was able to continue.
"You never like to see a teammate get hit with a line drive," DeRosa said. "But for the ball to carom right to me -- maybe things are starting to change a little bit."
Dotel had his own injury scare in the top of the inning when a one-hopper by Emilio Bonifacio hit him in the groin area. Dotel was also able to continue pitching.
|J.P. Arencibia hits a three-run double in the seventh inning to help the Jays rally from a five-run deficit and pull out a win. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Jose Reyes, SS||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.406|
|Melky Cabrera, LF||4||2||2||0||1||0||0||.281|
|Jose Bautista, RF||4||2||1||0||1||1||0||.200|
|Edwin Encarnacion, DH||4||2||2||1||1||1||2||.129|
|Adam Lind, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.105|
|a- Mark DeRosa, PH-1B||2||1||1||3||1||0||0||.154|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||5||0||2||3||0||1||1||.313|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||5||1||1||0||0||3||3||.192|
|Maicer Izturis, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.238|
|Emilio Bonifacio, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||1||3||.233|
|a-doubled for Lind in the 6th|
|2B - Edwin Encarnacion 2 (2, Porcello, Porcello), Mark DeRosa (1, Downs), J.P. Arencibia (4, Dotel), Emilio Bonifacio (3, Porcello)|
|RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (4), Mark DeRosa 3 (5), J.P. Arencibia 3 (7), Emilio Bonifacio (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (1)|
|SB - Jose Reyes (4, 3rd base off Dotel/Avila), Melky Cabrera (1, 2nd base off Dotel/Avila)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Buehrle-Bonifacio-Reyes-Lind|
|E - Emilio Bonifacio (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Aaron Loup (W,1-0)||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||2.25|
|Brett Cecil (H,1)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Darren Oliver (H,2)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.40|
|Casey Janssen (S,2)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|IBB - Fielder by Mark Buehrle|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 96-52, Steve Delabar 19-8, Aaron Loup 26-14, Brett Cecil 16-7, Darren Oliver 10-7, Casey Janssen 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 6-5, Brett Cecil 2-1, Darren Oliver 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 22, Steve Delabar 5, Aaron Loup 5, Brett Cecil 4, Darren Oliver 3, Casey Janssen 3|
|Austin Jackson, CF||5||1||2||0||0||0||1||.353|
|Torii Hunter, RF||5||1||1||1||0||1||2||.395|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||5||1||2||0||0||0||1||.394|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||3||1||1||1||2||1||0||.310|
|Victor Martinez, DH||4||0||0||1||1||1||4||.120|
|Matt Tuiasosopo, LF||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||.429|
|a- Andy Dirks, PH-LF||2||0||0||1||1||0||0||.167|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||0||3||1||0||1||0||.276|
|Alex Avila, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||5||.192|
|Omar Infante, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||0||4||.385|
|a-walked for Tuiasosopo in the 5th|
|2B - Miguel Cabrera (2, Buehrle)|
|RBI - Torii Hunter (3), Prince Fielder (10), Victor Martinez (2), Andy Dirks (3), Jhonny Peralta (2), Omar Infante (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante (2)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Peralta-Fielder|
|Darin Downs (H,3)||1.1||2||1||1||1||2||0||3.18|
|Brayan Villarreal (L,0-1)||0||0||3||3||3||0||0||54.00|
|Octavio Dotel (BS,1)||1.2||2||0||0||1||3||0||5.40|
|WP - Brayan Villarreal (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 92-57, Darin Downs 30-19, Brayan Villarreal 19-7, Octavio Dotel 31-21, Phil Coke 10-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 9-4, Octavio Dotel 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 22, Darin Downs 7, Brayan Villarreal 3, Octavio Dotel 8, Phil Coke 3|
|Attendance - 29631|
|Game Time - 3:36|
|Temperature - 42|
|Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - John Tumpane|