Pillar hits tiebreaking HR, Jays hold on to beat Tigers 5-4

TORONTO (AP) Kevin Pillar was feeling down after grounding into a triple play Friday night. His performance Saturday helped make up for it.

Pillar had four hits, including a tiebreaking home run, and made another sparkling defensive play in the outfield, Brett Anderson pitched six innings for his first victory with Toronto and the Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Saturday.

Pillar broke a 2-all tie with a leadoff drive against Warwick Saupold (3-2) in the sixth, helping Toronto snap a three-game losing streak against Detroit.

The blast came one inning after Pillar jumped into the center field wall to snare a deep drive by Tigers infielder Dixon Machado.

''He's obviously pretty special back there,'' Anderson said of Pillar.

Besides his 15th homer, Pillar also had an RBI single in the first, an infield single in the fourth, and a single in the seventh. He has hit safely in 27 of his past 34 games and is batting .308 (41 for 133) in that stretch.

''He's in a nice little groove, he's driving some balls,'' manager John Gibbons said.

The loss ensures the Tigers will not have a winning record for the second time in seven years.

Pillar said it was ''maybe an all-time low'' when he grounded into a triple play in the sixth inning Friday.

''A guy that can run a little bit, I never envisioned myself hitting into a triple play,'' Pillar said.

Helping secure a victory for a Blue Jays team that had lost 15 of its previous 20 helped lift Pillar's spirits.

''Wins have been hard to come by and playing a part in it is always nice,'' he said.

Pillar's was one of three fine plays in the outfield. Detroit left fielder Andrew Romine made a headlong diving catch on Luke Maile's liner in the second, and Toronto's Jose Bautista stranded a runner at third with a sliding, backhanded catch on Nicholas Castellanos' sinking liner in the sixth.

Making his third start for the Blue Jays, Anderson (3-3) allowed two runs and five hits. The lefty walked none and struck out five.

''He moved the ball in and out,'' Tigers DH John Hicks said of Anderson. ''His curveball was pretty good, he threw that a lot. Whenever he got in trouble he used it pretty effectively.''

Carlos Ramirez and Dominic Leone each worked one inning and Ryan Tepera held on for his second save in four chances despite giving up two runs in the ninth. Tepera caught Romine looking on a 3-2 pitch to end it, stranding runners at first and third.

''I actually thought we were going to be snatching that one back from them,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said

Tepera got the call in the ninth because closer Roberto Osuna had a stiff neck. Osuna has not pitched since blowing a save against Boston on Tuesday, his 10th blown save this season.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera returned from suspension with a two-run homer off Anderson in the first, his 15th.

''Typical Miggy fashion,'' Ausmus said.

Cabrera had sat out the previous six games for his role in a brawl-filled game against the New York Yankees on Aug. 24.

''That suspension could have lasted a day longer,'' Anderson joked. ''That wouldn't have hurt my feelings.''

Toronto answered against Chad Bell in the bottom half on Pillar's two-out RBI single, which came on the 10th pitch of his at bat.

''That was a good battle there,''Bell said. ''I just didn't execute the changeup. I just left it a little up.''

The Blue Jays tied it in the fourth when Kendrys Morales came home from third while teammate Teoscar Hernandez was involved in a rundown between first and second.

''I don't think anybody expected Morales to go,'' Ausmus said. ''Credit the Blue Jays for a surprise attack.''

Making his second career start, Bell allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings.

MIGGY'S MILESTONES

Cabrera's homer was the 461st of his career, tying him with Adrian Beltre for 37th on the career list. The two RBIs give him 1,612, tying him with Goose Goslin for 32nd on the career list.

HOME SWEET HOME

Toronto avoided what would have been its first six-game home losing streak since July 19-24, 2013.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: OF Mikie Mahtook was scratched from the starting lineup because of a sore left groin. ... Detroit reinstated SS Jose Iglesias from the paternity list.

Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson (illness) missed his second straight game. ... OF Steve Pearce (lower back) was unavailable. Pearce left Friday's game after striking out in the first. ... Gibbons said 2B Devon Travis (right knee) is not expected to return this season. Travis has been out since June 4.

UP NEXT

Tigers: RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-3, 7.07) left his previous outing after just five pitches when he was struck on the right calf by a batted ball. He's 0-2 with a 7.98 ERA in three career starts at Rogers Centre.

Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (7-10, 3.85) snapped a three-start winless streak by beating Boston in his previous start, allowing three runs, one earned, in 5 2/3 innings.

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TigersDET60-81
200000002480
Blue JaysTOR65-77
10010201X5130
  • W: B. Anderson (3-3)L: W. Saupold (3-2)S: R. Tepera (2)
  • HR: DET - M. Cabrera (15), TOR - K. Pillar (15)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B40000011.236.315.392.707-0.5
J. Candelario 3B32200101.254.343.390.7336.0
M. Cabrera 1B42221012.250.334.406.7408.5
N. Castellanos RF40210001.257.309.463.7724.0
J. Hicks DH40000013.303.359.514.873-0.5
J. McCann C40110010.260.329.432.7621.5
J. Jones CF40000022.167.250.300.550-1.0
A. Romine LF40000032.234.292.355.647-1.5
D. Machado SS30100000.293.333.361.6941.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Urena SS40200122.300.417.500.9172.0
    J. Bautista RF41110024.208.315.383.6993.0
    J. Smoak 1B40000103.281.361.556.9161.0
    K. Morales DH21100203.245.303.454.7574.0
    K. Pillar CF41421000.259.302.413.71510.0
    T. Hernandez LF40100024.200.227.300.527-1.0
    D. Barney 3B41200014.223.260.304.5653.5
    R. Goins 2B30000112.227.279.334.6132.5
    L. Maile C41210001.124.160.204.3635.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Candelario (5), N. Castellanos (27)
      • HR - M. Cabrera (15)
      • RBI - M. Cabrera 2 (59), N. Castellanos (85), J. McCann (43)
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Maile (3)
      • HR - K. Pillar (15)
      • RBI - J. Bautista (58), K. Pillar 2 (40), L. Maile (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Bautista (12), K. Pillar (15), L. Maile (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Barney (7), R. Goins (3)
      • CS - T. Hernandez, D. Barney
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Romine
      • DP - I. Kinsler, J. Candelario, J. McCann, D. Machado, M. Cabrera
      FIELDING
      • DP - R. Urena, R. Goins, J. Smoak
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Bell4.25223505.791.694.5
      W. Saupold (L, 3-2)0.22221114.251.44-9.5
      D. Stumpf0.12000002.871.34-2.0
      D. VerHagen0.10000105.811.480.5
      J. Ferrell1.02001006.142.180.0
      B. Hardy1.02110105.811.750.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Bell4.2
      W. Saupold (L, 3-2)0.2
      D. Stumpf0.1
      D. VerHagen0.1
      J. Ferrell1.0
      B. Hardy1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Anderson (W, 3-3)6.05220515.901.6123.5
      C. Ramirez (H, 1)1.00000200.000.294.0
      D. Leone (H, 9)1.00000102.621.093.5
      R. Tepera (S, 2)1.03221103.521.164.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Anderson (W, 3-3)6.0
      C. Ramirez (H, 1)1.0
      D. Leone (H, 9)1.0
      R. Tepera (S, 2)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. VerHagen (3)
      • HBP - C. Bell (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bell 85-49, W. Saupold 17-9, D. Stumpf 14-9, D. VerHagen 5-3, J. Ferrell 17-9, B. Hardy 16-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bell 3-3, W. Saupold 1-0, D. Stumpf 1-0, J. Ferrell 1-1, B. Hardy 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Bell 20, W. Saupold 5, D. Stumpf 3, D. VerHagen, J. Ferrell 5, B. Hardy 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 92-57, C. Ramirez 9-7, D. Leone 11-9, R. Tepera 25-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 6-6, D. Leone 2-0, R. Tepera 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 22, C. Ramirez 3, D. Leone 3, R. Tepera 7
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      TigersDET60-81
      200000002480
      Blue JaysTOR65-77
      10010201X5130
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      I. Kinsler 2B40000011.236.315.392.707-0.5
      J. Candelario 3B32200101.254.343.390.7336.0
      M. Cabrera 1B42221012.250.334.406.7408.5
      N. Castellanos RF40210001.257.309.463.7724.0
      J. Hicks DH40000013.303.359.514.873-0.5
      J. McCann C40110010.260.329.432.7621.5
      J. Jones CF40000022.167.250.300.550-1.0
      A. Romine LF40000032.234.292.355.647-1.5
      D. Machado SS30100000.293.333.361.6941.0
      Total3448411912-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        R. Urena SS40200122.300.417.500.9172.0
        J. Bautista RF41110024.208.315.383.6993.0
        J. Smoak 1B40000103.281.361.556.9161.0
        K. Morales DH21100203.245.303.454.7574.0
        K. Pillar CF41421000.259.302.413.71510.0
        T. Hernandez LF40100024.200.227.300.527-1.0
        D. Barney 3B41200014.223.260.304.5653.5
        R. Goins 2B30000112.227.279.334.6132.5
        L. Maile C41210001.124.160.204.3635.0
        Total33513415823-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Candelario (5), N. Castellanos (27)
          • HR - M. Cabrera (15)
          • RBI - M. Cabrera 2 (59), N. Castellanos (85), J. McCann (43)
          BATTING
          • 2B - L. Maile (3)
          • HR - K. Pillar (15)
          • RBI - J. Bautista (58), K. Pillar 2 (40), L. Maile (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Bautista (12), K. Pillar (15), L. Maile (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - D. Barney (7), R. Goins (3)
          • CS - T. Hernandez, D. Barney
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - A. Romine
          • DP - I. Kinsler, J. Candelario, J. McCann, D. Machado, M. Cabrera
          FIELDING
          • DP - R. Urena, R. Goins, J. Smoak
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Bell4.25223505.791.694.5
          W. Saupold (L, 3-2)0.22221114.251.44-9.5
          D. Stumpf0.12000002.871.34-2.0
          D. VerHagen0.10000105.811.480.5
          J. Ferrell1.02001006.142.180.0
          B. Hardy1.02110105.811.750.5
          Total8.01355581---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Bell4.2
          W. Saupold (L, 3-2)0.2
          D. Stumpf0.1
          D. VerHagen0.1
          J. Ferrell1.0
          B. Hardy1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Anderson (W, 3-3)6.05220515.901.6123.5
          C. Ramirez (H, 1)1.00000200.000.294.0
          D. Leone (H, 9)1.00000102.621.093.5
          R. Tepera (S, 2)1.03221103.521.164.5
          Total9.0844191---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Anderson (W, 3-3)6.0
          C. Ramirez (H, 1)1.0
          D. Leone (H, 9)1.0
          R. Tepera (S, 2)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. VerHagen (3)
          • HBP - C. Bell (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bell 85-49, W. Saupold 17-9, D. Stumpf 14-9, D. VerHagen 5-3, J. Ferrell 17-9, B. Hardy 16-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bell 3-3, W. Saupold 1-0, D. Stumpf 1-0, J. Ferrell 1-1, B. Hardy 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Bell 20, W. Saupold 5, D. Stumpf 3, D. VerHagen, J. Ferrell 5, B. Hardy 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 92-57, C. Ramirez 9-7, D. Leone 11-9, R. Tepera 25-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 6-6, D. Leone 2-0, R. Tepera 1-1
          • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 22, C. Ramirez 3, D. Leone 3, R. Tepera 7
          • 9TH INNING
            McCann singled to left, Cabrera scored, Castellanos to third45
            Castellanos doubled to deep right center, Candelario scored, Cabrera to third35
          • 8TH INNING
            Bautista singled to right center, Maile scored25
          • 6TH INNING
            Maile singled to center, Barney scored24
            Pillar homered to left23
          • 1ST INNING
            Pillar singled to left, Bautista scored, Morales to third21
            Cabrera homered to left, Candelario scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ryan Tepera relieved Dominic Leone
            • J. Candelario: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Candelario walked
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera singled to left, Candelario to second
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Castellanos doubled to deep right center, Candelario scored, Cabrera to third
            • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Hicks grounded out to pitcher
            • J. McCann: McCann singled to left, Cabrera scored, Castellanos to third
            • J. Jones: Jones popped out to second
            • A. Romine: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Romine struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Dominic Leone relieved Carlos Ramirez
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Romine grounded out to first
            • D. Machado: Ball, Machado grounded out to third
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Blaine Hardy relieved Jeff Ferrell
            • R. Goins: Goins grounded out to second
            • L. Maile: Strike looking, Maile doubled to deep right center
            • R. Urena: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Urena struck out swinging
            • J. Bautista: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bautista singled to right center, Maile scored
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak fouled out to catcher
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Carlos Ramirez relieved Brett Anderson
            • J. Hicks: Hicks fouled out to shortstop
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • J. Jones: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jeff Ferrell relieved Drew VerHagen
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Smoak flied out to deep left
            • K. Morales: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales walked
            • K. Pillar: Pillar singled to left, Morales to second
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Hernandez singled to left, Morales out at home, Pillar to second
            • D. Barney: Strike swinging, Ball, Barney grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Anderson Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Foul, Foul, Ball, Kinsler grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Candelario doubled to left
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to second, Candelario to third
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Castellanos lined out to right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • W. Saupold Pitching:
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pillar homered to left
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • D. Barney: Barney singled to right
            • Daniel Stumpf relieved Warwick Saupold
            • R. Goins: Ball, Strike swinging, Barney stole second, Goins grounded out to second, Barney to third
            • L. Maile: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Maile singled to center, Barney scored
            • R. Urena: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Urena singled to center, Maile to third
            • Drew VerHagen relieved Daniel Stumpf
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Urena to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Anderson Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
            • D. Machado: Ball, Machado flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Bell Pitching:
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goins walked
            • L. Maile: Maile flied out to deep right
            • R. Urena: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Goins stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Urena struck out swinging
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bautista hit by pitch
            • Warwick Saupold relieved Chad Bell
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked, Goins to third, Bautista to second
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Anderson Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castellanos singled to left center
            • J. Hicks: Foul, Hicks grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Castellanos out at second
            • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McCann flied out to right
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Bell Pitching:
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Morales walked
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Pillar reached on an infield single to pitcher, Morales to second
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez reached on fielder's choice to second, Morales to third, Pillar out at second
            • D. Barney: Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Barney struck out swinging
            • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Morales stole
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Anderson Pitching:
            • D. Machado: Ball, Machado reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kinsler lined out to right
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Candelario lined out to right
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Bell Pitching:
            • R. Urena: Strike looking, Urena singled to right
            • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul tip, Bautista struck out on foul tip
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Smoak grounded into double play third to second to first, Urena out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Anderson Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McCann grounded out to second
            • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Jones grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Romine: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Bell Pitching:
            • D. Barney: Ball, Barney singled to right
            • R. Goins: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Barney caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
            • L. Maile: Ball, Maile lined out to left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Anderson Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kinsler popped out to first
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Candelario singled to right
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cabrera homered to left, Candelario scored
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Bell Pitching:
            • R. Urena: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Urena walked
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Bautista reached on fielder's choice to third, Urena out at second
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak lined out to center
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales singled to right, Bautista to third
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pillar singled to left, Bautista scored, Morales to third
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)