Guerrero's grand slam helps Blue Jays beat Tigers 7-5

DETROIT (AP) When rookie slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. came to the plate with the bases loaded, there was an air of anticipation at Comerica Park.

Toronto and Detroit are a combined 60 games under .500, but this was still a moment to remember.

Guerrero hit his first career grand slam, a 441-foot drive toward the bushes that helped the Blue Jays rally for a 7-5 victory over the Tigers on Saturday night. The home run erased a 5-1 deficit in the fifth, and Brandon Drury added a two-run shot an inning later to put Toronto ahead.

''It was a good pitch to hit,'' Guerrero said through a translator. ''He gave me my pitch, and I hit it pretty good.''

Niko Goodrum and John Hicks went deep for the Tigers, who are 7-33 since the start of June. Goodrum's two-run homer in the second gave Detroit a 3-1 lead, but a 59-minute rain delay in the fourth knocked out both starting pitchers.

Wilmer Font (2-0) came on in the bottom of the fourth and gave up a two-run homer to Hicks that put the Tigers up by four, but Gregory Soto (0-4) quickly gave away the advantage. Toronto loaded the bases in the fifth, then Guerrero hit his home run a bit to the left of straightaway center.

''That's a strong young man,'' Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''I think Soto was trying to get that on the outer corner but he left it over the middle and you saw where that young fellow hit it. I think they've got a good one there, but I don't think they need me to tell them.''

It was the ninth major league homer for Guerrero, who had three hits in a win Friday and two more on Saturday.

''That's the Vladdy that we know,'' Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. ''That's what he can do, and that's what we're waiting for, everybody was waiting for. He's looking good at the plate now.''

Guerrero came into the year as one of the game's top prospects, but his debut season has been uneven. He's hitting .249 with an OPS of .729.

''He's 20 years old, and he's going to have his ups and downs, but he's always going to find a way to smile,'' Montoyo said. ''That's just who he is.''

Guerrero said he already had the ball from his grand slam, and indicated he would give it to his Hall of Fame father.

Drury's homer gave the Blue Jays the lead, and the Tigers didn't score again off the Toronto bullpen. Ken Giles struck out three in the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.

Detroit has lost 27 of its last 30 home games that were played to completion. There was a suspended game May 19 - and the Tigers were losing that one, too.

STARTERS

Detroit lefty Daniel Norris allowed a run and five hits in four innings before the rain delay.

''I always pitch quick, but we all knew the rain was coming, so I was even faster than usual,'' Norris said. ''I think it helped me, because I was really in a groove after those first two batters, but we could see it coming. In my last inning, you could even feel it in the wind.''

Toronto starter Trent Thornton yielded four runs in three-plus innings.

DEBUT

This was Font's first appearance for Toronto since being acquired in a trade with the Mets. His record is 3-2 overall this season, including his National League work.

ROSTER MOVE

The Tigers optioned RHP Zac Reininger to Triple-A Toledo after the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Before the game, Detroit put RHP Spencer Turnbull on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Thursday, with an upper back strain. The Tigers recalled Soto from Toledo. ... RHP Michael Fulmer, out for the season after elbow reconstruction, was in the clubhouse before the game. He said he wanted to pay his teammates a visit, but he's still just trying to build strength while recovering from his injury. Fulmer said he might be able to play catch in October or November.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Jacob Waguespack (1-0) takes the mound Sunday when Toronto tries for a three-game sweep.

Tigers: Had not announced a starter for the series finale.

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DET29-65
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  • W: W. Font (3-2)L: G. Soto (0-4)S: K. Giles (14)
  • HR: TOR - B. Drury (9), V. Guerrero (9), DET - J. Hicks (5), N. Goodrum (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Galvis SS51300000.274.311.457.7685.0
L. Gurriel LF51110012.288.333.585.9183.5
R. Grichuk RF31100102.233.294.416.7102.0
V. Guerrero 3B41241012.249.324.405.7299.5
D. Jansen C40000011.213.283.363.646-0.5
C. Biggio 2B30000121.217.351.375.7260.0
T. Hernandez CF41200011.214.280.408.6872.5
B. Drury 1B41121013.220.265.386.6516.5
T. Thornton P0000-000.667.667.667.000-
W. Font P0000-000.333.333.333.000-
J. Shafer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    J. Jones CF40000002.249.315.446.7620.0
    H. Castro 2B40000020.306.319.433.752-1.0
    M. Cabrera DH40000010.283.346.373.718-0.5
    N. Castellanos RF41100010.280.339.467.8072.5
    J. Candelario 3B31000101.218.307.369.6762.0
    B. Dixon 1B41310011.250.285.476.7616.5
    N. Goodrum LF41121033.245.318.406.7245.5
    J. Hicks C41121022.196.230.322.5516.0
    J. Mercer SS30100000.208.266.366.6321.0
    a- C. Stewart PH10000011.234.317.395.711-0.5
    D. Norris P0000-000.167.167.167.000-
    G. Soto P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
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    • a-struck out for Mercer in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Sogard (16), F. Galvis (20), L. Gurriel (15)
    • HR - V. Guerrero (9), B. Drury (9)
    • RBI - L. Gurriel (41), V. Guerrero 4 (31), B. Drury 2 (25)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Grichuk, V. Guerrero, B. Drury 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Castellanos (33), B. Dixon 2 (11)
    • HR - N. Goodrum (9), J. Hicks (5)
    • RBI - B. Dixon (38), N. Goodrum 2 (33), J. Hicks 2 (16)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Hicks 2 (7)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Jones 2 (2), J. Hicks, C. Stewart
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - R. Grichuk
    FIELDING
    • E - V. Guerrero (9)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - N. Castellanos (3)
    • DP - (Hicks-Castro)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Thornton3.03441315.451.542.5
    W. Font (W, 3-2)2.02110415.171.3612.0
    J. Shafer (H, 1)1.01000101.761.502.5
    D. Phelps (H, 4)1.00000002.631.173.0
    D. Hudson (H, 8)1.00000002.721.283.0
    K. Giles (S, 14)1.01000301.641.0610.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Thornton3.0
    W. Font (W, 3-2)2.0
    J. Shafer (H, 1)1.0
    D. Phelps (H, 4)1.0
    D. Hudson (H, 8)1.0
    K. Giles (S, 14)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Norris4.05111305.021.456.5
    G. Soto (L, 0-4)1.26661228.691.83-14.0
    B. Farmer1.11000203.891.373.0
    T. Rosenthal1.000001015.432.793.5
    J. Jimenez1.00000005.501.423.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Norris4.0
    G. Soto (L, 0-4)1.2
    B. Farmer1.1
    T. Rosenthal1.0
    J. Jimenez1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Thornton 51-35, W. Font 34-22, J. Shafer 18-12, D. Phelps 7-6, D. Hudson 9-6, K. Giles 17-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Thornton 3-4, W. Font 1-1, D. Phelps 1-2
    • Batters Faced - T. Thornton 14, W. Font 8, J. Shafer 4, D. Phelps 3, D. Hudson 3, K. Giles 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 58-40, G. Soto 40-27, B. Farmer 24-19, T. Rosenthal 16-10, J. Jimenez 10-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 7-2, G. Soto 1-1, T. Rosenthal 2-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Norris 18, G. Soto 11, B. Farmer 4, T. Rosenthal 3, J. Jimenez 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    E. Sogard DH51200010.306.370.494.8653.5
    F. Galvis SS51300000.274.311.457.7685.0
    L. Gurriel LF51110012.288.333.585.9183.5
    R. Grichuk RF31100102.233.294.416.7102.0
    V. Guerrero 3B41241012.249.324.405.7299.5
    D. Jansen C40000011.213.283.363.646-0.5
    C. Biggio 2B30000121.217.351.375.7260.0
    T. Hernandez CF41200011.214.280.408.6872.5
    B. Drury 1B41121013.220.265.386.6516.5
    T. Thornton P0000-000.667.667.667.000-
    W. Font P0000-000.333.333.333.000-
    J. Shafer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    D. Phelps P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    D. Hudson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    K. Giles P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Jones CF40000002.249.315.446.7620.0
      H. Castro 2B40000020.306.319.433.752-1.0
      M. Cabrera DH40000010.283.346.373.718-0.5
      N. Castellanos RF41100010.280.339.467.8072.5
      J. Candelario 3B31000101.218.307.369.6762.0
      B. Dixon 1B41310011.250.285.476.7616.5
      N. Goodrum LF41121033.245.318.406.7245.5
      J. Hicks C41121022.196.230.322.5516.0
      J. Mercer SS30100000.208.266.366.6321.0
      a- C. Stewart PH10000011.234.317.395.711-0.5
      D. Norris P0000-000.167.167.167.000-
      G. Soto P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
      B. Farmer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      T. Rosenthal P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Jimenez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      Total35575211110-----
      • a-struck out for Mercer in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Sogard (16), F. Galvis (20), L. Gurriel (15)
      • HR - V. Guerrero (9), B. Drury (9)
      • RBI - L. Gurriel (41), V. Guerrero 4 (31), B. Drury 2 (25)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Grichuk, V. Guerrero, B. Drury 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Castellanos (33), B. Dixon 2 (11)
      • HR - N. Goodrum (9), J. Hicks (5)
      • RBI - B. Dixon (38), N. Goodrum 2 (33), J. Hicks 2 (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Hicks 2 (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Jones 2 (2), J. Hicks, C. Stewart
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - R. Grichuk
      FIELDING
      • E - V. Guerrero (9)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - N. Castellanos (3)
      • DP - (Hicks-Castro)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Thornton3.03441315.451.542.5
      W. Font (W, 3-2)2.02110415.171.3612.0
      J. Shafer (H, 1)1.01000101.761.502.5
      D. Phelps (H, 4)1.00000002.631.173.0
      D. Hudson (H, 8)1.00000002.721.283.0
      K. Giles (S, 14)1.01000301.641.0610.5
      Total9.07551112---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Thornton3.0
      W. Font (W, 3-2)2.0
      J. Shafer (H, 1)1.0
      D. Phelps (H, 4)1.0
      D. Hudson (H, 8)1.0
      K. Giles (S, 14)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Norris4.05111305.021.456.5
      G. Soto (L, 0-4)1.26661228.691.83-14.0
      B. Farmer1.11000203.891.373.0
      T. Rosenthal1.000001015.432.793.5
      J. Jimenez1.00000005.501.423.0
      Total9.01277282---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Norris4.0
      G. Soto (L, 0-4)1.2
      B. Farmer1.1
      T. Rosenthal1.0
      J. Jimenez1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Thornton 51-35, W. Font 34-22, J. Shafer 18-12, D. Phelps 7-6, D. Hudson 9-6, K. Giles 17-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Thornton 3-4, W. Font 1-1, D. Phelps 1-2
      • Batters Faced - T. Thornton 14, W. Font 8, J. Shafer 4, D. Phelps 3, D. Hudson 3, K. Giles 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 58-40, G. Soto 40-27, B. Farmer 24-19, T. Rosenthal 16-10, J. Jimenez 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 7-2, G. Soto 1-1, T. Rosenthal 2-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Norris 18, G. Soto 11, B. Farmer 4, T. Rosenthal 3, J. Jimenez 3
      • 6TH INNING
        Drury homered to left center, Hernandez scored75
      • 5TH INNING
        Guerrero homered to left center, Galvis, Gurriel and Grichuk scored55
      • 4TH INNING
        Hicks homered to left, Candelario scored15
      • 2ND INNING
        Goodrum homered to left, Dixon scored13
        Dixon singled to center, Castellanos scored11
      • 1ST INNING
        Gurriel grounded out to shortstop, Sogard scored, Galvis to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Joe Jimenez relieved Trevor Rosenthal
        • E. Sogard: Ball, Ball, Sogard flied out to left
        • F. Galvis: Foul, Strike swinging, Galvis flied out to center
        • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gurriel flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ken Giles relieved Daniel Hudson
        • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Dixon doubled to left
        • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • J. Hicks: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • Christin Stewart hit for Jordy Mercer
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Dixon to third on fielder's indifference, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Trevor Rosenthal relieved Buck Farmer
        • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Biggio grounded out to second
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Drury: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Daniel Hudson relieved David Phelps
        • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera lined out to left
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos lined out to shortstop
        • J. Candelario: Foul, Ball, Ball, Candelario lined out to right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Farmer Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Grichuk singled to left
        • V. Guerrero: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Guerrero struck out looking, Grichuk caught stealing second, catcher to second
        • D. Jansen: Foul, Jansen lined out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • David Phelps relieved Justin Shafer
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Mercer flied out to deep left
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Jones grounded out to shortstop
        • H. Castro: Strike looking, Castro flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • G. Soto Pitching:
        • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • B. Drury: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Drury homered to left center, Hernandez scored
        • E. Sogard: Ball, Sogard doubled to deep right, Sogard out at third
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Galvis lined out to right
        • Buck Farmer relieved Gregory Soto
        • L. Gurriel: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Justin Shafer relieved Wilmer Font
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Candelario fouled out to third
        • B. Dixon: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Dixon doubled to deep right center
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
        • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Foul, Hicks flied out to deep center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Gregory Soto relieved Daniel Norris
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Sogard struck out looking
        • F. Galvis: Foul, Galvis singled to right
        • L. Gurriel: Gurriel doubled to deep left, Galvis to third
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grichuk walked
        • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Ball, Guerrero homered to left center, Galvis, Gurriel and Grichuk scored
        • D. Jansen: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Jansen grounded out to third
        • C. Biggio: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Biggio struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Font Pitching:
        • H. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera fouled out to first
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Norris Pitching:
        • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Guerrero singled to left
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Jansen struck out looking
        • C. Biggio: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Biggio struck out swinging
        • T. Hernandez: Hernandez singled to left, Guerrero to second
        • B. Drury: Ball, Drury grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Thornton Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball
        • Candelario walked
        • B. Dixon: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
        • N. Goodrum: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hicks homered to left, Candelario scored
        • J. Mercer: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Mercer singled to right center
        • J. Jones: Ball, Jones reached on fielder's choice to third, Mercer out at second
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Norris Pitching:
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sogard grounded out to shortstop
        • F. Galvis: Strike swinging, Galvis singled to center
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop, Galvis to second
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Grichuk popped out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Thornton Pitching:
        • H. Castro: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos fouled out to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Norris Pitching:
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Jansen grounded out to third
        • C. Biggio: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Biggio walked
        • T. Hernandez: Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • B. Drury: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Drury grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Thornton Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos doubled to deep right
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Candelario grounded out to second, Castellanos to third
        • B. Dixon: Ball, Foul, Dixon singled to center, Castellanos scored
        • N. Goodrum: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Goodrum homered to left, Dixon scored
        • J. Hicks: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Mercer safe at first on 3rd baseman Guerrero fielding error
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Jones flied out to left
        • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Norris Pitching:
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sogard singled to shallow left center
        • F. Galvis: Galvis doubled to shallow left, Sogard to third
        • L. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop, Sogard scored, Galvis to third
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk grounded out to shortstop
        • V. Guerrero: Guerrero fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Thornton Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Ball, Foul, Jones flied out to deep right
        • H. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Castro grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera flied out to deep center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)