They scored some runs, got some good relief, and won a tight ballgame. It’s as if the Tigers just slammed the door in the face of three of their Kryptonites that have long overstayed their welcome. Now if they would just change the locks, too … “We’ve been scuffling, but that’s all baseball. I don’t know a team in baseball history that didn’t have a streak like this,” Torii Hunter said Tuesday night after the Tigers fought to just their second victory since June 23, a 7-6 triumph over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. “And sometimes when you go through something like this, an intensified struggle, you solve the problem. “It’s something we’re gonna try to build off of.” Hunter led the way. It was his hustle on an infield single with two out in the eighth that scored Omar Infante, and the bullpen took care of the rest. Early, though, it looked like same old, same old for a Tigers team that entered the game with six losses in its last seven games. They trailed 4-0 after the first inning, not good news for a team that hasn’t been scoring five runs a lot lately. Not that you would’ve known the grim reality of the situation by the loud and peppy don’t-give-up chatter Hunter said was going on in the dugout after Doug Fister’s rocky first. And when the second inning was over, 11 Tigers had batted and they led, 6-4. “It was good to come back, kind of claw our way back,” Alex Avila said. Avila, in his first game back from a bruised forearm, had a two-run double off the wall in left in that inning. The big blow, though, was Miguel Cabrera’s monster, three-run home run to center that made it 6-4 and put an end to Chien-Ming Wang’s evening. It was the second straight start the right-hander was bounced in the second inning. That was Cabrera’s 26th homer of the year, and it came after his back tightened up on him trying to make a diving play at third base in the first inning. “I think he’ll be fine,” Leyland said, without committing to Cabrera playing today. Fister’s back stiffened up, too, when he made a running play to first base, but he still made it through six innings — a big-time showing after a rough first two innings. Colby Rasmus drilled a change-up for two-run, tying homer in the second inning. Fister allowed one base runner total from the third through sixth innings.
Tigers put up 6-spot in second inning, overtake Blue Jays
Detroit News | Jul 3