Toronto Blue Jays
one of their more satisfying wins in a trying season.
Hill hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth inning, capping the
' come-from-behind 8-6 victory over the slumping
''It's great to see us keep coming back,'' Hill said.
also went deep for Toronto (65-77), which handed the AL Central-leading Tigers their fifth straight loss. They lead the
Chicago White Sox
by five games.
''I think it's a case that you never have the appreciation of how hard it is to win games up here,'' Detroit manager Jim Leyland
said. ''And I think we're struggling through that a little bit right now.''
homered for Detroit.
tied it at 6 in the eighth on
's wild pitch that allowed Wells to score from third. He was there because he alertly advanced from second on Barajas' foul
pop that Cabrera, at first, had to make a running catch on right at the fence behind first base. With Cabrera's momentum going
the other way, Wells tagged and moved to third.
''On that kind of play I always go back and tag up, no matter what, just in case,'' Wells said.
Scutaro singled with two out in the ninth. He then stole second before Hill drilled
's 3-1 pitch down the left-field line for his 32nd homer.
''I was looking for a fastball, you have to when a guy can throw that hard,'' Hill said. ''But he threw a changeup and it
Hill, who leads the A.L. with 299 total bases, only rejoined the
on Friday night after being in Florida for three games for the birth of his first child.
Rodney (2-4) allowed two runs and two hits while getting just two outs. He also walked a batter.
(3-5) pitched two perfect innings.
got the final out, with runners on first and third, for his 10th save in 12 chances.
Cabrera's three-run homer off
gave the Tigers a 6-3 lead in the fifth. The drive estimated at 420 feet was his 29th home run and ended Richmond's night.
Richmond gave up six runs on five hits in 4 1-3 innings, walking four and striking out three.
''Plain and simple it's lack of fastball command,'' Richmond said.
Wells immediately cut the deficit to two when he went deep to lead off the sixth for his 14th homer and Scutaro's two-out
shot in the seventh, his 12th, made it 6-5.
Granderson hit the 23rd leadoff homer of his career, tying him with
for the Tigers' record.
Barajas' two-run blast in the top of the second put Toronto up 2-1. Barajas followed
's leadoff walk with a drive to left-center on Jackson's 2-1 pitch for his 18th homer of the season and second in two games.
But Avila's two-run shot in the bottom of the second restored Detroit's lead. He hit Richmond's 2-0 pitch deep into the right-field
stands for his fifth homer. It also scored
, who led off with a single.
Scutaro's RBI single in the fifth tied it at 3.
allowed five runs and eight hits - including three home runs - in seven innings, walking one and striking out four.
''They were ready for the fastball all night, but those two (to Wells and Scutaro) were just up,'' Jackson said.
NOTES: Detroit LHP
, who started Friday night's game but left in the fourth inning because of an injury, has pelvic inflammation according to
a MRI. He will be re-evaluated in a few days. ... Toronto LF
didn't play on Saturday night after being hit in the leg with a pitch on Friday night. ... Hill also broke the single-season
Toronto record for RBIs by a second baseman with 95.
held the old record of 93. Hill had 94 RBIs coming into the game but one was as a pinch-hitter.