Blue Jays hit 3 HRs in 5-3 win over Tigers
TORONTO (AP) — Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki hit back-to-back homers, Jose Bautista also connected and the Toronto Blue Jays won for the eighth time in 10 games, beating the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Friday night.
Ian Kinsler and Anthony Gose homered for the slumping Tigers, who have lost seven of eight.
R.A. Dickey (9-10) pitched 6 2/3 innings to win his sixth straight decision as the AL East-leading Blue Jays improved to 19-5 in August. Toronto has won 22 of its past 28.
Dickey left after Gose’s two-out homer in the seventh. Mark Lowe came on and struck out Davis.
Aaron Sanchez worked the eighth and Roberto Osuna struck out the side in the ninth for his 16th save.
All three Blue Jays homers came off rookie Matt Boyd (1-5), one of the three left-handed pitchers acquired by Detroit in the July 30 trade that sent David Price to Toronto. Boyd also allowed three solo home runs in his major league debut, a 4-0 loss to Texas on June 27.
Boyd allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings.
After Rajai Davis struck out on three pitches to begin the game, Kinsler homered on Dickey’s fourth pitch. Toronto tied it in the bottom half on a two-out RBI double by Edwin Encarnacion, who extended his career-high hitting streak to 23 games.
Tulowitzki gave Toronto the lead with a homer that just cleared the left-field wall in the third. Donaldson followed with a no-doubt blast off the facing of the fifth deck, his 35th. It was the eighth time this season the Blue Jays have hit consecutive homers.
Donaldson leads the majors with 102 RBIs.
Bautista made it 5-1 when he went deep in the fifth, his 31st.
Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (left knee) threw 51 pitches in a simulated game Friday and will start for Class-A Lansing next Wednesday. Manager John Gibbons said Stroman could made some spot starts for Toronto in September.
Tigers: RHP Buck Farmer (0-2, 7.80 ERA) has allowed 24 earned runs in 27 1/3 innings on the road. He has yet to start at Comerica Field this season.
Blue Jays: RHP Drew Hutchison (12-2, 5.06 ERA) will return from the minor leagues for his first start since Aug. 16. Hutchison was optioned to Triple-A as Toronto used three off days on its recent road trip to switch to a four-man rotation. Hutchison is 10-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 13 home starts.