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    Jose Berrios befuddles Detroit Tigers, foils Matthew Boyd’s return

    Detroit — Matthew Boyd was very good in his return to the rotation Sunday. His counterpart, however, was better.

    Neither the Tigers nor Mother Nature could throw All-Star right-hander Jose Berrios off his game Sunday and the Blue Jays left town with a 2-1 series-claiming victory at Comerica Park. The Tigers and Toronto split the season series, 3-3.  

    Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) looks back as Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera heads back to the dugout after grounding out during the second inning Sunday in Detroit.

    Berrios struck out 11 over his seven innings. He threw 97 pitches, 74 for strikes — and impressive 76% strike rate. 

    The Tigers didn’t threaten off the Blue Jays bullpen — Adam Cimber and Tim Mayza — in the eighth and ninth.  

    After Berrios cruised through the first four innings, allowing just three hits, the game was halted by pop-up rain shower in the middle of the fifth inning. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoya was furious at the decision to pull the tarp and delay the game.

    BOXSCORE: Blue Jays 2, Tigers 1

    And to validate his beef, the rain lasted about five minutes, though the delay was 26 minutes. Berrios wasn’t much affected, though. He struck out three Tigers around a Victor Reyes double in the bottom of the fifth.

    Reyes had two of the two of the six hits Berrios allowed.

    The Tigers wasted their best chance to get to Berrios in the sixth. Jonathan Schoop reached on a error by third baseman Kevin Smith and Robbie Grossman followed with a double that glanced off first baseman Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.’s glove.

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