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Detroit Tigers Brandon Inge, left, and Jose Valverde celebrate the Tigers' 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays during MLB baseball action in Toronto Sunday, May 8, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese (Darren Calabrese)
Detroit Tigers Brandon Inge, left, and Jose Valverde celebrate the Tigers' 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays during MLB baseball action in Toronto Sunday, May 8, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese (Darren Calabrese)

Tigers rally past Blue Jays Add to ...

Austin Jackson hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning Sunday to propel the Detroit Tigers over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2.

It was the second win in a row for the Tigers, who got a no-hitter from ace Justin Verlander in Saturday's 9-0 triumph. The Blue Jays will try for a split Monday in the fourth game of the series.

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While Brad Penny (3-3) didn't pitch a no-no on Sunday, he didn't need to against a Blue Jays team that welcomed back Jose Bautista and Aaron Hill from the disabled list.

Penny held the Blue Jays to seven hits and two runs in 7 2-3 innings. Jose Valverde struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his seventh save of the season and the 200th of his career.

Bautista, playing his first game in a week because of neck spasms, gave the Blue Jays at 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the third for his 10th on the year.

Before Bautista homered, Corey Patterson hit into a double play after two singles, leaving Rajai Davis at third as the only base runner.

But Toronto left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes (0-3), who is winless in his past 25 major-league starts, couldn't hold it and allowed eight hits and five runs in seven innings. Reyes has not won in the majors since June 13, 2008, when he beat the Los Angeles Angels as a member of the Atlanta Braves.

After staking Toronto the lead, Detroit came back against Reyes. The Tigers scored two in the fourth - one on a double by Victor Martinez and the other on Jhonny Peralta's single.

Jackson, who finished 3-for-5 and also had three hits Saturday, hit his second homer of the season with Brandon Inge aboard to put Tigers ahead 4-2 in seventh.

The Tigers scored again in the eighth again after Reyes surrendered a leadoff double by Magglio Ordonez. Jason Frasor replaced Reyes and allowed Miguel Cabrera's run-scoring single.

Notes: Attendance at Rogers Centre was 17,392. ... Toronto first baseman Adam Lind, who left Saturday's game in the seventh inning with back tightness, is day-to-day and reportedly felt better Sunday. ... Davis, who has struggled since coming back from an ankle injury, has been dropped from the leadoff spot the past two games and has batted ninth with shortstop Yunel Escobar taking over in the leadoff spot. ... Right-hander Max Scherzer (5-0, 3.15 earned-run average) is scheduled to start Monday for Detroit against right-hander Brandon Morrow (1-1, 3.06 ERA).

 

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