Bonderman, who leads the Tigers with 13 wins, a 4.05 ERA and 120 strikeouts, is enjoying a career year after going a combined 17-32 over his first two big league seasons. However, the 22-year-old right-hander has dropped his last two outings, including Saturday’s 4-2 setback to Cleveland.
Bonderman allowed three runs and nine hits over six innings, striking out six and walking two. He has lost consecutive starts for the first time this year.
“I thought I pitched not great, but I pitched well enough to keep us in the game and give us a shot down the stretch,” Bonderman said. “I wasn’t on my game. I hit a lot of 3-ball counts, 3-2 counts.”
Bonderman, who lost 19 games as a rookie in 2003, has gone at least six innings in seven straight starts and leads the Detroit staff with 155 2-3 innings, good enough for seventh in the AL.
The Tigers took Monday’s series opener 9-8, but have dropped the last two games to the Blue Jays, including Wednesday’s 4-3 setback.
Orlando Hudson homered in the bottom of the ninth for Toronto, which improved to 5-4 in August and 3-3 on its seven-game homestand.
Shea Hillenbrand also went deep for the Blue Jays, who got some bad news regarding injured staff ace Roy Halladay. The 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner will not return from the disabled list Monday as originally expected.
Halladay cut short a simulated game after three innings Wednesday, saying he felt stiffness in his left leg, which was broken by a line drive last month. He still leads the Blue Jays with 12 wins, a 2.41 ERA and 108 strikeouts despite not playing since July 8.