Homers fuel Blue Jays’ sweep of Tigers

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) – Juan Francisco and Brett Lawrie hit back-to-back homers in the sixth to fuel the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-3 win over the Detroit Tigers in the finale of a three-game series at Comerica Park.

The win completed Toronto’s first sweep in Detroit in 11 years. The Blue Jays (37-24) have now won five straight games and 17 of their past 20.

J.A. Happ (5-2) recorded his fifth win allowed three runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

Justin Verlander (6-5) absorbed the loss after yielding six runs – five earned – on eight hits with four walks and four strikeouts in seven frames as the Tigers (31-25) suffered their fifth straight loss.

Nick Castellanos led off the bottom frame with a double for Detroit. He scored on a triple by Ian Kinsler, who then came home on a sac fly from Torii Hunter, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

In the fourth, Jays outfielder Jose Bautista led off and reached second after miscommunication between Tigers outfielders let a ball drop.

First baseman Adam Lind singled and infielder Brett Lawrie walked, loading the bases with one out. Designated hitter Dioner Navarro singled home a run and catcher Erik Kratz singled home two more, giving the Jays a 3-2 lead.

Happ allowed back-to-back singles to open the fifth before a mound visit. Two straight groundouts to third brought home the tying run for Detroit.

Verlander entered the game with only four home runs allowed on the season but he gave up two in the sixth frame, allowing the Jays to regain the lead.

Lind led off the sixth with a walk before Francisco took a Verlander changeup to right field for a two-run homer. Lawrie followed with one to the left-field seats, marking the fifth time this season the Blue Jays have hit back-to-back home runs.

It was the 10th home runs of the season for both Francisco and Lawrie.

Melky Cabrera became the fifth Blue Jays player with 10 homers when he went yard in the ninth inning to extend the lead to 7-3.

After allowing a walk and a foul out to start the seventh, Happ was pulled out for right-hander Chad Jenkins, who allowed a single but induced a 1-6-3 double play to get out of the jam — the fourth double play Toronto turned on the day.

Jenkins was pulled after allowing two baserunners with two outs in the ninth, and closer Casey Janssen came on to record the game’s final out on one pitch.

The Blue Jays look to continue their winning streak in a home series against the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend.

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