Zimmermann perfect into 7th, Tigers top Blue Jays 2-0 in 10

TORONTO (AP) Jordan Zimmermann was in peak form on opening day.

The right-hander took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Christin Stewart hit a two-run homer in the 10th and the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 Thursday.

''One of those days where everything was working and the command was really good,'' Zimmermann said.

Zimmermann, who pitched a no-hitter for Washington on the final day of the 2014 season, came close to bookending it - Hall of Famer Bob Feller threw the only no-hitter on opening day, for Cleveland in 1940.

This bid ended when Teoscar Hernandez reached on a two-out infield single. Hernandez grounded a 1-2 pitch to the shortstop side of second base. Josh Harrison made a sliding play, but his throw to first was late and wide.

''It was really a good pitch,'' Zimmermann said. ''It was off the plate and down and he just hit a grounder where they weren't.''

That was the only hit Zimmermann allowed in seven sparkling innings. He struck out four and threw only 70 pitches.

''He was in control of the plate, just getting enough of the corners,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''He did a really nice job of changing speeds, adjusting and using all of his pitches very well.''

Blue Jays rookie manager Charlie Montoyo called Zimmermann's performance ''outstanding.''

''He was pitching in and out, keeping our hitters off balance,'' Montoyo said.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Zimmermann's 6 2/3 innings marked the longest bid for a perfect game on opening day since April 16, 1940, when Lefty Grove threw seven perfect innings for the Boston Red Sox against the Washington Senators.

''He was in the zone,'' Stewart said.

Niko Goodrum doubled off Blue Jays right-hander Daniel Hudson (0-1) to begin the 10th, and Stewart homered to right field on an 0-2 pitch.

''That one got too much of the plate and he killed it,'' Gardenhire said.

Victor Alcantara (1-0) pitched one inning for the win and Shane Greene finished for a save as Detroit won its opener for the seventh time in eight seasons.

The Blue Jays lost their eighth consecutive home opener - tying the third-longest streak in baseball history. Pittsburgh dropped eight straight from 1994-2001, and the Washington Senators did it from 1963-70.

The Brooklyn Dodgers lost a major league-worst 11 straight home openers from 1903-13, and Oakland lost 10 in a row from 2005-14.

Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman walked Harrison, the first batter of the game, on four pitches but didn't allow a hit until a two-out single by Nicholas Castellanos in the sixth. Stroman yielded two hits and walked four in seven scoreless innings.

YESTERYEAR

Zimmermann pitched a no-hitter against Miami on Sept. 28, 2014, the first in Nationals history. Outfielder Steven Souza Jr. made a dramatic, diving catch for the final out, retiring Christian Yelich. Souza, who had just entered the game as a defensive replacement, used his bare hand to squeeze the ball in his mitt as he fell.

Feller threw his opening day no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox on the same day Grove took a run at that perfect game: April 16, 1940. The Indians won 1-0.

MIGGY'S RETURN

Playing for the first time since June 2018 after missing the second half of last season because of a biceps injury, Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera went hitless in four at-bats. He struck out once and grounded into a double play.

FAN A LOT

Three Blue Jays pitchers combined to strike out seven straight Detroit batters in the late innings, a streak that began when Stroman fanned Grayson Greiner for the final out of the seventh. Right-handers Joe Biagini and Ken Giles came on and struck out the side in the eighth and ninth, respectively.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: OF JaCoby Jones (strained left shoulder) is expected to miss at least the first two weeks of the season. ... RHP Drew Verhagen (right shoulder) is on the 10-day injured list.

Blue Jays: Toronto recalled 1B Rowdy Tellez from Triple-A to take the place of DH Kendrys Morales, who was traded to Oakland on Wednesday. ... Several Blue Jays began the season on the 10-day injured list, including LHP Ryan Borucki (left elbow), RHP Ryan Tepera (right elbow), RHP Clay Buchholz (right flexor strain), RHP David Phelps (elbow surgery) and OF Jonathan Davis (right ankle). OF Dalton Pompey is on the seven-day concussion list. RHP Bud Norris (right forearm) was not healthy in time for opening day. ... The Blue Jays selected the contract of RHP Javy Guerra from the minors.

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Matthew Boyd went 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA in five spring training starts, striking out 20 batters in 18 innings.

Blue Jays: RHP Matt Shoemaker makes his first start with Toronto after signing as a free agent. He had no record and a 5.00 ERA in five spring outings.

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  • W: V. Alcantara (1-0)L: D. Hudson (0-1)S: S. Greene (1)
  • HR: DET - C. Stewart (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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N. Castellanos RF30100111.333.500.333.8331.5
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N. Goodrum DH31100111.333.500.6671.1672.5
C. Stewart LF41121021.250.2501.0001.2506.0
G. Greiner C40000031.000.000.000.000-1.5
J. Mercer SS20000110.000.500.000.5001.5
M. Mahtook CF40000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Drury 3B40100000.250.250.250.5001.0
    R. Grichuk RF40000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    T. Hernandez LF40100001.250.250.250.5001.0
    J. Smoak 1B40000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
    L. Gurriel 2B40000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    K. Pillar CF40000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    R. Tellez DH20000110.000.333.000.3330.5
    D. Jansen C30000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    F. Galvis SS30000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Goodrum
      • HR - C. Stewart
      • RBI - C. Stewart 2 (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Harrison, M. Cabrera 2 (2), J. Candelario, G. Greiner
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Hernandez, J. Smoak, D. Jansen
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - N. Goodrum
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Galvis-Gurriel-Smoak)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Zimmermann7.01000400.000.1425.0
      J. Jimenez1.00001100.001.002.5
      V. Alcantara (W, 1-0)1.01000100.001.009.5
      S. Greene (S, 1)1.00000100.000.0010.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Zimmermann7.0
      J. Jimenez1.0
      V. Alcantara (W, 1-0)1.0
      S. Greene (S, 1)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Stroman7.02004700.000.8621.5
      J. Biagini1.00000300.000.004.5
      K. Giles1.00000300.000.004.5
      D. Hudson (L, 0-1)1.022202118.002.00-5.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Stroman7.0
      J. Biagini1.0
      K. Giles1.0
      D. Hudson (L, 0-1)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 70-47, J. Jimenez 14-8, V. Alcantara 11-7, S. Greene 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 6-11, V. Alcantara 1-1, S. Greene 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 22, J. Jimenez 4, V. Alcantara 4, S. Greene 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. Hudson
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 94-53, J. Biagini 14-10, K. Giles 12-9, D. Hudson 17-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 6-6
      • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 25, J. Biagini 3, K. Giles 3, D. Hudson 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Harrison 2B40000132.000.200.000.200-0.5
      N. Castellanos RF30100111.333.500.333.8331.5
      M. Cabrera 1B40000014.000.000.000.000-0.5
      J. Candelario 3B40100011.250.250.250.5000.5
      N. Goodrum DH31100111.333.500.6671.1672.5
      C. Stewart LF41121021.250.2501.0001.2506.0
      G. Greiner C40000031.000.000.000.000-1.5
      J. Mercer SS20000110.000.500.000.5001.5
      M. Mahtook CF40000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
      Total32242141513-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Drury 3B40100000.250.250.250.5001.0
        R. Grichuk RF40000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
        T. Hernandez LF40100001.250.250.250.5001.0
        J. Smoak 1B40000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
        L. Gurriel 2B40000000.000.000.000.0000.0
        K. Pillar CF40000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
        R. Tellez DH20000110.000.333.000.3330.5
        D. Jansen C30000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
        F. Galvis SS30000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
        Total320200174-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Goodrum
          • HR - C. Stewart
          • RBI - C. Stewart 2 (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Harrison, M. Cabrera 2 (2), J. Candelario, G. Greiner
          BATTING
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Hernandez, J. Smoak, D. Jansen
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - N. Goodrum
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Galvis-Gurriel-Smoak)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Zimmermann7.01000400.000.1425.0
          J. Jimenez1.00001100.001.002.5
          V. Alcantara (W, 1-0)1.01000100.001.009.5
          S. Greene (S, 1)1.00000100.000.0010.5
          Total10.0200170---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Zimmermann7.0
          J. Jimenez1.0
          V. Alcantara (W, 1-0)1.0
          S. Greene (S, 1)1.0
          Total10.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Stroman7.02004700.000.8621.5
          J. Biagini1.00000300.000.004.5
          K. Giles1.00000300.000.004.5
          D. Hudson (L, 0-1)1.022202118.002.00-5.0
          Total10.04224151---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Stroman7.0
          J. Biagini1.0
          K. Giles1.0
          D. Hudson (L, 0-1)1.0
          Total10.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 70-47, J. Jimenez 14-8, V. Alcantara 11-7, S. Greene 13-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 6-11, V. Alcantara 1-1, S. Greene 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 22, J. Jimenez 4, V. Alcantara 4, S. Greene 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - D. Hudson
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 94-53, J. Biagini 14-10, K. Giles 12-9, D. Hudson 17-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 6-6
          • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 25, J. Biagini 3, K. Giles 3, D. Hudson 6
          • 10TH INNING
            Stewart homered to right center, Goodrum scored20
          • 10TH INNING
            • Daniel Hudson relieved Ken Giles
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Goodrum doubled to deep right
            • C. Stewart: Foul, Strike swinging, Stewart homered to right center, Goodrum scored
            • G. Greiner: Greiner flied out to right
            • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Mercer hit by pitch
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
            • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 10th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Shane Greene relieved Victor Alcantara
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
            • L. Gurriel: Gurriel fouled out to catcher
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pillar grounded out to second
            • End of the 10th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ken Giles relieved Joe Biagini
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Victor Alcantara relieved Joe Jimenez
            • F. Galvis: Galvis grounded out to pitcher
            • B. Drury: Ball, Ball, Foul, Drury singled to deep left
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez popped out to first
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Joe Biagini relieved Marcus Stroman
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mahtook struck out looking
            • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Joe Jimenez relieved Jordan Zimmermann
            • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel fouled out to first
            • K. Pillar: Pillar lined out to shortstop
            • R. Tellez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Tellez walked
            • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Jansen struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Candelario singled to right
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Goodrum flied out to deep center
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Stewart flied out to deep left
            • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Greiner struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • B. Drury: Foul, Ball, Drury fouled out to first
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grichuk lined out to right
            • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Hernandez reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mercer walked
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Mahtook popped out to shortstop
            • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos singled to center, Mercer to second
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • R. Tellez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Tellez struck out on foul tip
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Strike looking, Jansen grounded out to shortstop
            • F. Galvis: Galvis flied out to deep left
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Stewart struck out on foul tip
            • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Greiner struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak flied out to left
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel flied out to deep right
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Harrison grounded out to third
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castellanos walked
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Castellanos out at second
            • J. Candelario: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Candelario grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • B. Drury: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Drury lined out to center
            • R. Grichuk: Grichuk lined out to left
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Greiner struck out swinging
            • J. Mercer: Mercer lined out to center
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mahtook flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • R. Tellez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Tellez grounded out to second
            • D. Jansen: Jansen flied out to deep center
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Foul, Candelario flied out to left
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goodrum walked
            • C. Stewart: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Goodrum caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Foul tip, Stewart struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Smoak fouled out to third
            • L. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar flied out to right
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harrison walked
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos reached on fielder's choice to third, Harrison out at second
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second, Castellanos out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • B. Drury: Ball, Strike swinging, Drury flied out to deep center
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk grounded out to third
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)