Blue Jays 15, Tigers 0
Jul. 06, 1996
DETROIT (AP) _ Pat Hentgen pitched a three-hitter and was backed by six Toronto home runs _ two by Carlos Delgado _ as the Blue Jays routed the Detroit Tigers 15-0 on Saturday.
Delgado, who drove in four runs, cleared the right-field roof in the third inning with his 14th homer. He hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to put Toronto up 12-0.
Ed Sprague, Joe Carter, Shawn Green and John Olerud also homered for the Blue Jays, who put an abrupt end to Detroit's three-game winning streak.
Toronto's season-high 19-hit attack _ with every starter getting at least one hit _ helped make things easy for Hentgen (8-6). The right-hander from nearby Fraser, Mich., gave up singles to Chad Curtis, Andujar Cedeno and Mark Parent.
Hentgen struck out five and walked two in his fifth career shutout and second this season.
Omar Olivares (4-5) was rocked for five runs and seven hits _ including three homers _ in four-plus innings.
Sprague led off the third inning with his 23rd homer. John Olerud then doubled and Charlie O'Brien's RBI single gave the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead.
Delgado made it 3-0 in the third when he drove a 2-1 pitch high over the right field roof. The homer was the 29th to clear Tiger Stadium's roof since the ballpark took on its present configurations in 1938 and the second this year. Detroit's Melvin Nieves did it May 17 against Chicago.
Carter's 20th homer, with Delgado aboard after a single in the fifth, upped the Blue Jays' lead to 5-0 and finished Olivares.
Toronto batted around against Greg Keagle in the sixth, adding four more runs with Otis Nixon hitting an RBI single, another run scoring on an error and Green's two-run homer, his seventh.
Delgado's three-run homer off Keagle in the seventh came after Nixon singled and Green was hit by a pitch.
Jacob Brumfield hit an RBI single in the eighth.
Olerud's 14th homer, a two-run shot in the ninth capped the scoring.
Notes: Olivares turned 29 Saturday. ... Delgado is the first Tiger opponent to homer over the right-field roof since George Brett did it on April 17, 1988. The two-homer game was his first of the season and second of his career ... The Tigers haven't won four straight games since a five-game winning streak Sept. 9-13, 1995. ... Carter now has at least 20 homers in 11 straight seasons. ... Cecil Fielder is 0-for-18 in the Tigers' current homestand.