Hot Toronto Blue Jays slow Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Thursday
By IAN HARRISON
TORONTO — Matt Chapman hit two home runs, Yusei Kikuchi came off the injured list to pitch five solid innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Thursday night for their 10th victory in 12 games.
Chapman hit a two-run homer off left-hander Tyler Alexander in the fourth and a solo shot off Angel De Jesus in the sixth, the ninth multi-homer game of his career.
Fourteen of Chapman’s 18 homers this season have come at home. He’s batting .306 with seven home runs in July.
“I feel comfortable,” Chapman said. “I see the ball well here.”
Jonathan Schoop and Willi Castro hit solo homers for the Tigers, who have lost five of eight since the All-Star break.
Robbie Grossman hit a leadoff double in the first and Castro launched a two-out homer in the second but those were the only hits off Kikuchi.
“When we had an opportunity, especially in the first after a leadoff double, he was able to squash it,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said.
Detroit used a double, an error and a walk to load the bases against Yimi Garcia with nobody out in the eighth, but Garcia got Miguel Cabrera to fly out before Eric Haase hit a sacrifice fly. Toronto closer Jordan Romano came on and retired Candelario on a first-pitch groundout.
After Danny Jansen gave Toronto some insurance with a sacrifice fly off Alex Lange in the bottom of the eighth, Romano wrapped it up with a 1-2-3 ninth for his AL-leading 22nd save in 25 chances.
Starting for the fifth time this season, Alexander (2-4) allowed three runs, two earned, in four innings.
Castro’s third homer opened the scoring in the second, but Alejandro Kirk tied it with a two-out RBI single in the third.
Schoop cut it to 4-2 when he connected off Tim Mayza in the seventh for his seventh home run.