The Detroit Tigers dropped their fourth straight game on Wednesday night, losing to the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2.
Rick Porcello started, and was fairly effective, going seven innings and allowing three runs. Evan Reed pitched a disastrous 1/3 of an inning in the eighth, allowing three runs (though Phil Coke allowed one of those run to score after Reed departed).
The Blue Jays opened the scoring with a Melky Cabrera solo shot in the first inning. Miguel Cabrera tied the score with his 11th homer of the season in the bottom of that inning and Ian Kinsler gave Detroit the lead with a solo homer of his own in the third.
It stayed that way until the sixth inning when a couple of doubles with two outs off Porcello led to a 3-2 Blue Jays lead
The Tigers missed a couple of golden opportunities when they loaded the bases in the fourth and sixth innings. The scenario in the sixth was especially painful because it came with no outs. The Tigers appeared to have J.A. Happ on the ropes after a hit and two walks loaded the bases. Despite only throwing 94 pitches, Toronto manager John Gibbons choose to go to his bullpen for Aaron Loup. This proved to be a genius move.
That seemed to take the air out of the Tigers, the fans at Comerica Park and pumped life into the Blue Jays, who rallied for those three runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Toronto added two more runs for good measure in the top of the ninth.
The bad karma kept on coming for the Tigers. Eugenio Suarez, who was called up from AAA Toledo prior to the game took over for Romine at short and in his first major league at-bat reached on an error. When sliding into second, he appeared to slid over his leg, causing some discomfort. He stayed in the game, but will likely be listed as day-to-day for tomorrow.
Suarez was slated to get the start at short to face the lefthander, J.A. Happ, on Thursday afternoon, but that will remain to be seen. With Suarez or without him the rest of the Tigers will look to avoid the home sweep at the hands of the red-hot and AL East-leading Blue Jays. Game time is 1:08.