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    Tigers stage late comeback but fall in 10th to Blue Jays


    Detroit — For six innings, Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah, the hulking 6-6, 260-pound rookie, was as oppressive and defeating as the heavy, 90-degree air at Comerica Park Saturday night.

    He’d allowed just one single through six innings, piling up seven strikeouts, and the 2-0 lead he took into the seventh inning seemed commanding.

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah, right, puts the home run jacket on Alejandro Kirk after Kirk's solo home run during the sixth inning.

    But these aren’t your 2019 Tigers. They scratched out two runs in the seventh inning to tie it and eventually get it to extra innings. 

    The Blue Jays, who are still battling for a wild-card spot in the American League, scored their free runner in the top of the 10th inning and staved off the Tigers 3-2 to even the series. 

    A bloop single to left field by Corey Dickerson off right-hander Kyle Funkhouser, plated Vlad Guerrero Jr., who was the free runner at second base to start the 10th. Left fielder Akil Baddoo charged the ball and made a strong through to the plate, but Guerrero slid across ahead of the tag. 

    Dickerson had three hits and a walk for the Jays. 

    The Tigers inserted Zack Short to pinch-run to start the bottom of the 10th, but he was thrown out at third on a strong play by shortstop Bo Bichette, who fielded Harold Castro’s ground ball nearly behind second base.

    BOX SCORE: Blue Jays 3, Tigers 2, 10 innings

    They didn’t get another runner into scoring position against Jays closer Jordan Romano.  



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