Ian Kinsler drove in the winning run with a 10th-inning single, and the Detroit Tigers won their fifth straight game, 3-2 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
The Tigers tied it with two runs in the ninth, spoiling an outstanding effort by Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez. The Toronto right-hander struck out a career-high 12 and took a one-hitter into the ninth inning, but he didn't get another out as Detroit rallied.
Kinsler's RBI double in the ninth chased Sanchez, and Miguel Cabrera's one-out double off Roberto Osuna tied it.
The Tigers loaded the bases in the 10th with no outs against Joe Biagini (3-2), and Kinsler won it with a chopper into left field.
Justin Wilson (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win.
Kevin Pillar homered for the Blue Jays.
Justin Upton's double in the third was the only hit off Sanchez for eight innings, but Jose Iglesias started the bottom of the ninth with a single, and Kinsler followed with a double. After Kinsler went to third on Andrew Romine's sacrifice bunt, the Blue Jays chose to pitch to Cabrera rather than intentionally walk the winning run.
Moments after hitting the dirt to avoid a pitch up around his head, Cabrera drove a two-strike pitch to deep right-centre to make it 2-2.
Upton opened the 10th with a single, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked. Upton then beat the throw to third when the Blue Jays tried to get the lead runner on a bunt by Iglesias.
With the bases loaded, Kinsler came through for Detroit.
Tigers starter Matt Boyd held the Blue Jays hitless for four innings, but Pillar led off the fifth with a homer. Boyd — whom the Tigers acquired from Toronto last year in the trade that sent David Price to the Blue Jays — allowed a run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked five and struck out five.
Pillar's drive to left gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead, and he scored their second run after hitting a seventh-inning single.
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