TORONTO (AP) — After
coughing up a ninth-inning lead to lose on Friday, manager John Gibbons
said he was hoping for a little more late-inning magic out of the Blue
One day later, he got it.
Nolan Reimold hit a
game-winning double in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied
past the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Saturday, spoiling Max Scherzer's bid to
become the first 14-game winner in the American League.
"It was a great day all the way around," Gibbons said. "It was really the only way to end it."
pair of midseason pickups played key roles in the comeback. Danny
Valencia singled off Joba Chamberlain to begin the 10th and Reimold
followed with a double to the wall as Valencia scored without a play.
Jays rookie right-hander Marcus Stroman rallied after allowing a
season-high five runs in a loss at Houston last week. Stroman allowed
two runs and four hits in a career-high nine innings. He walked three
and struck out four.
"I was able to stay in the zone and make quality pitches, use my sinker to get outs," Stroman said.
Aaron Loup (4-3) worked one inning for the victory.
Scherzer allowed one run and four hits in eight innings. He walked none and struck out 11, two shy of his season high.
struck out pinch-hitters Valencia and Reimold on six pitches to end the
eighth, fanning Reimold with a 97 mile per hour fastball.
"He was done at that point," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He kind of emptied the tank on that last hitter."
Scherzer had no interest in stirring controversy over Ausmus' decision to take him out.
"I'm not going to sit here and play second-guess-the-manager," he said. "I was done."
(1-5) came on to start the 10th after Joakim Soria, who finished the
ninth, strained a muscle in his left side while warming up before the
Toronto trailed 2-1 through eight innings but Jose Reyes
singled off Tigers closer Joe Nathan to begin the ninth, then stole
second before advancing to third on Melky Cabrera's fly ball to right.
Jose Bautista was intentionally walked to bring up Dioner Navarro, who
grounded a tying single past a diving Miguel Cabrera at first base.
wild pitch moved the runners to second and third before Colby Rasmus
walked to load the bases, bringing Soria out of the bullpen to replace
Nathan, who blew his sixth save in 30 chances.
Soria sent it to
extra innings by getting Juan Francisco to pop up on the first pitch,
then retiring Munenori Kawasaki on a ground ball.
Detroit took a
2-0 lead in the sixth on a two-out double by Victor Martinez, but
Toronto cut the deficit to one in the bottom half on a two-out double by
Blue Jays: First baseman Edwin
Encarnacion (right quadriceps) will begin a rehab assignment Saturday
night with Class-A Dunedin, manager John Gibbons said, while first
baseman Adam Lind (right foot) is scheduled to rejoin the team Monday in
Tigers: Right-hander Luke Putkonen (elbow) threw a
25-pitch bullpen session Friday at Detroit's spring training facility in
Florida. It was the first time Putkonen had thrown from the mound since
undergoing surgery in June.
Left-hander David Price
makes his second start for the Tigers Sunday in a battle of southpaws,
going up against Toronto's Mark Buehrle. Price struck out 10 in 8 2-3
innings to win his Detroit debut last week. Buehrle is 1-7 with a 4.73
ERA since June 7.
THE MELKY WAY
Cabrera had two hits and now
has 44 multihit games this season, tied for second most in the majors.
His 150 total hits are second only to Houston's Jose Altuve, who leads
the majors with 158.
A group of students
from a suburban Toronto high school built a robot that was intended to
throw out the first pitch to Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole.
Unfortunately, the robot misfired, and the pitch only traveled a few
feet before rolling to a stop in front of the mound.