DETROIT (AP) -
didn't blame himself that the first three hitters reached base in third inning.
It was the fourth batter he wasn't happy about.
After Toronto had loaded the bases on a walk, a bunt and a bad-hop grounder, Rogers gave up a grand slam to
. Those were the
' only runs in a 4-3 victory over the
on Wednesday night.
''That inning was unfortunate in a lot of ways,'' said Rogers, who lost his fourth straight start. ''No one really did anything
wrong - I just wish I could have gotten that pitch to Vernon down a little more.''
The grand slam and six shutout innings from
helped Toronto win their third straight, all in Detroit.
The Tigers have lost 10 of 13.
''This is dangerous, because we're doing just enough to lose right now,'' Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. ''That's not good.
We have to start doing the things that it takes to win.''
Purcey (2-3) ended a two-start losing streak, giving up two singles and three walks. He struck out four, and has allowed one
earned run in 10 1-3 innings against the Tigers this season.
''I felt really good out there,'' the rookie said. ''I didn't throw enough strikes early, but I started to relax about the
fourth inning. That's when I started making the pitches I wanted.''
led off Toronto's third with a walk, and
bunted down the first-base line. Rogers and first baseman
both started for the ball, and Eckstein beat Cabrera to the base.
followed with a hard grounder to third that skipped up and almost hit
in the face.
''You get a walk, an aggravating bunt, and then a double play grounder that takes a bad hop,'' Leyland said. ''Kenny did very
well tonight, but we've been getting bad hops lately.''
Wells followed with his fifth career grand slam, a fly ball just over the glove of left fielder
The Tigers didn't get a hit until Santiago's single with two outs in the fifth, and only got one runner into scoring position
''He did an outstanding job,'' Toronto manager
said. ''He just has to work on getting first-pitch strikes and getting ahead of hitters.''
The game was delayed by rain for 49 minutes in the top of the seventh inning, and neither starting pitcher returned after
After getting only two hits in the first eight innings, the Tigers put together some offense in the ninth.
started the inning with a walk, and
followed with a single.
had to leave the game after spraining his right ankle while backing up third base on the play.
''I didn't want to go out there and see a bone sticking out of his leg,'' Gaston said. ''He'll be reassessed in a couple days,
but if he can't pitch, it will be a big loss for the team.''
came in and allowed an RBI groundout to Cabrera, and
followed with a fly ball to deep right-center that Rios dropped for a two-base error.
Raburn struck out, but
made it 4-3 with a double to right-center before League struck out
for his first save of the season.
was ejected by home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth after flipping his bat following a called third strike in the seventh inning.
Notes: The Tigers placed RHP
(shoulder) on the 15-day DL and recalled RHP
from Triple-A Toledo. ... Sheffield said before the game that he wasn't concerned about media reports that the Tigers put
him on waivers on Tuesday. ''I don't pay attention to it - I've been on waivers plenty of times,'' he said. ''Lots of great
players are put on waivers but it is only a story when it is someone like
or me - someone that people have an opinion about.'' ... Downs had his scoreless streak snapped at 17 2-3 innings.