Blue Jays-Tigers: Toronto Comes Through on Offense for the Comeback Victory
After A.J. Burnett was blew off some steam after he finished his disappointing start, the Jays were able to come back for him once again, scoring four runs in the seventh inning and giving Burnett his 15th win of the season.
The two teams each managed a run in their half of the second: Detroit on a solo home run from Gary Sheffield, and Toronto on a home run from rookie Adam Lind.
Both pitchers were able to settle down after that, until Burnett's sixth-inning explosion. Gary Sheffield managed to hit his second solo shot of the game, while Magglio Ordonez managed one of his own. Inge capped off the scoring with an RBI double.
With Burnett steaming mad back in the dugout (beating the water cooler), the Jays struck back immediately to take the lead for good after Zach Miner was pulled from the game in favor of Bobby Seay.
Lind opened the seventh with a base hit, and he later scored on a groundout by Joe Inglett. Detroit would then turn to fireball reliever Joel Zumaya, who quickly proceeded to give up a run-scoring single to Marco Scutaro, followed by a two-run double from Vernon Wells, all with two outs.
The Jays were able to add some insurance in the ninth when Rios was able to score after a steal of third. It was Rios's second stolen base of the game and 30th of the year, placing him fourth in the American League.
All in all, Zach Miner went six strong innings, giving up just one run on five hits and one walk, while striking out five batters.
Despite getting the win, A.J. Burnett was not as good. He gave up four runs in his six innings on eight hits, one walk, while striking out six batters.
Brandon League, Scott Downs, and B.J. Ryan all pitched perfect innings to preserve the lead for the Jays. Ryan notched his 23rd save of the season while Downs was able to extend his consecutive-innings pitched without giving up an earned run.
Up next: Rookie lefty David Purcey (1-3) takes on veteran lefty Kenny Rogers (8-9) in the third game of this four-game set.
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