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Blue Jays 3, Tigers 1

May 6, 1997

TORONTO (AP) _ Roger Clemens pitched a five-hitter and improved to 5-0 as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 Monday night.

Clemens struck out 10 and didn’t walk a batter for his second complete game of the season.

After a two-out double by Bobby Higginson in the third, Clemens retired 13 consecutive batters before Damon Easley singled in the eighth.

Melvin Nieves’ RBI triple put Detroit up 1-0 in the second inning, but Toronto moved ahead 2-1 in the fifth on a two-run double by Carlos Garcia. The Blue Jays made it 3-1 in the eighth on Joe Carter’s sacrifice fly.

Loser Omar Olivares (1-2) gave up three runs on seven hits in 7 1-3 innings.

Ed Sprague hit a leadoff single in the Toronto fifth and Carlos Delgado followed with a hard grounder to second baseman Jody Reed, who flipped to shortstop Easley to force Sprague at second. However, Sprague’s hard slide forced Easley to make an off-balance throw to first that pulled Tony Clark off the bag.

Benito Santiago then singled Delgado to second, and one out later, Garcia doubled down the left-field line.

Notes: In his previous start against Detroit on Sept. 18, 1996, Clemens struck out a major-league record 20 batters. ... Detroit’s Jody Reed hit a sharp liner to right fielder Orlando Merced in the fifth. Merced, seeing Reed take his time up the line, fired to first to throw out the runner by a half-step. ... Omar Olivares is 0-7 in his career in May. ... The Blue Jays have played 56 consecutive errorless innings. ... Toronto hasn’t homered in its last 51 innings.

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