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Blue Jays fail to sweep Tigers

Blue Jays fail to sweep Tigers
Miguel Cabrera hit two of Detroit's three home runs and finished with four RBIs to lead the Tigers to their first victory of the season, a 5-1 decision over the Toronto Blue Jays on last night.

The Tigers, who outhit the Blue Jays 8-6 before a quiet crowd of 12,145 at the Rogers Centre, will try for a split of the season-opening four-game series this afternoon.

Zach Miner (1-0) held the Blue Jays to six hits and one run in 5 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out four.

Miner recorded his first major-league victory at the Rogers Centre on June 10, 2006.

Brandon Inge supplied the rest of the Tigers' offence with a solo homer, his third in three games.

The Tigers, who finished fifth in the American League Central in 2008, are ahead of last year's schedule when they opened by losing their first seven games.

Jays right-hander Jesse Litsch (0-1) allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked one.

The Blue Jays, who showed plenty of pop over the first two games of the series, couldn't come up with the big hit when it counted yesterday.

While both starters struggled in the first inning, it was the Tigers who emerged with a 3-1 lead, as Cabrera followed one-out singles by Placido Polanco and Magglio Ordonez with his first homer of the season.

The Blue Jays opened what appeared to be a promising bottom of the first with doubles by Marco Scutaro and Aaron Hill. Alex Rios singled and Vernon Wells walked to load the bases, but Hill was forced out at home on Adam Lind's grounder to third and Rios was thrown out trying to score after tagging up on Scott Rolen's shallow fly out to right-fielder Josh Anderson.

Cabrera hit a solo home run in the fourth off the centre-field windows to put Detroit ahead 4-1.

Inge homered on a 2-2 cutter for his third of the season.

Miner left the game in the sixth after shortstop Ramon Santiago's two-out error put runners at first and second. Left-hander Bobby Seay came in to strike out Lyle Overbay, ending the threat.


Both starters in today's finale of the four-game series will be making their major-league debuts. Left-hander Ricky Romero gets the call for the Blue Jays against Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello. It will be the first time since major-league Baseball's draft began in 1965 that two first-round draft picks made their major-league debuts against each other. Romero was the sixth player taken overall in 2005.

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