In a game that was really more like two games in one, the Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers battled to a draw in the opener.

In the second one it was no contest as the Jays dumped Detroit 5-3 to take the first in what for them is another key, showdown series.

Over the opening seven innings the game featured terrific performances from the two starters, Anibal Sanchez of the Tigers and Drew Hutchison of the Jays.

Both right-handers lasted seven innings, both held the opponent scoreless and neither issued a walk. Hutchison allowed three singles against seven strikeouts while Sanchez held the Jays to a couple of doubles and struck out five.

After a scoreless eighth, the Jays bust it open with a five-run ninth, an inning that started with a walk by Anthony Gose and included an RBI single by Jose Bautista, sac fly RBI by Kevin Pillar who was pinch-hitting for Adam Lind and then a three-run bomb to right by Brett Lawrie.

The Tigers would come back for three in the bottom of the frame against Steve Delabar but with two out, Casey Janssen came in and fired a three-pitch strikeout against Don Kelly to log his ninth save.

The outing by Hutchison was the most encouraging aspect of the game because without quality starting pitching the Jays are going nowhere.

In his previous start, May 26 against Tampa Bay, Hutchison turned in a blah performance. Over five innings he allowed five runs on seven hits and walked four. He picked up the win, though, as the Jays won 10-5.

The consensus after the outing was that Hutchison appeared tired and they decided to give him more time between starts — he has had seven days of rest — to rejuvenate his right arm.

“That’s the reason we did it, just trying to keep him fresh coming off Tommy John,” manager John Gibbons said. “That was the plan going into the season before it even started.