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Blue Jays 2, Tigers 1, 10 innings

May 7, 1997

TORONTO (AP) _ Even when they win, the Toronto Blue Jays don’t hit.

For the second time in four games, the Blue Jays won on a bases-loaded walk in their last at-bat Tuesday night with a 2-1 win in 10 innings over the Detroit Tigers.

Joe Carter drew a two-out walk from Dan Miceli as Toronto got its fourth straight win.

``I wasn’t going to swing until he had two strikes on me,″ said Carter, who snapped an 0-for-13 slump with a ninth-inning single.

``It was close,″ Carter said of ball four. ``I didn’t go down to first right away because there was so much noise I couldn’t hear the call. But if you look at the replay, it was down.″

Minnesota reliever Gregg Olson walked Carlos Delgado with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Saturday to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 win.

In the 10th, Carlos Garcia, who came into the game batting .171, reached on a one-out single off loser Todd Jones (1-2) and Otis Nixon followed with a single. Alex Gonzalez flied out and Orlando Merced walked against Mike Myers before Miceli came in to face Carter.

Toronto’s win ended a streak of nine straight losses in extra innings games dating to last season. The Blue Jays have played in a major-league leading 17 one-run games this season.

``Oh, my,″ said Toronto starter Woody Williams, who pitched three-hit ball over nine innings. ``I can’t remember ever seeing two wins on walks so close together. But if you’re not going to get the hitting, you have to have pitching and defense. Tonight we had both.″

Williams, who has yet to win in six starts this season, was superb. He allowed one run with seven strikeouts and three walks, one intentional.

A little pregame advice from Roger Clemens helped Williams stay focused.

``He told me to take it to school,″ said Williams. ``I took that as staying aggressive and staying in the right frame of mind. You can’t help but learn something when you follow those guys.″

Tim Crabtree (2-2) got the win despite giving up a leadoff single to Melvin Nieves in the 10th. However, Nieves was caught stealing before Crabtree retired the next two batters.

Detroit starter Jason Thompson cruised through Toronto’s order until Ed Sprague started the seventh with his AL-leading 15th double. Two outs later, Robert Perez, who went 3-for-3, hit an RBI double to tie it at 3.

Thompson went a career-high eight innings, allowing a run and eight hits with six strikeouts. He didn’t walk a batter.

``I was leaving the curve ball up early, but I eventually started to throw it for strikes,″ said Thompson. ``I felt confident and strong, and I really only made one bad pitch to Perez, and he jumped on it.″

Notes: The Tigers pitching staff has given up just 23 homers in 31 games this season, an AL low. ... The Tigers swiped one base Friday and lead the American League with 36. Detroit last led the league in thefts in 1934. ... Blue Jays batters have gone a season-high 61 innings without a home run. Delgado hit the Blue Jays last homer on April 30.

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