Tigers 5, Blue Jays 0
DETROIT (AP)—Matt Roney is adjusting to being a starting pitcher.
“He pitched well. Good sinker, he mixed in his curveball and his changeup well and he used his four-seam fastball,” Toronto’s Eric Hinske said. “He throws 94-95, so he did well. We only got one hit through seven innings. You have to tip your hat to him, he pitched a good game.”
The only hit off Roney came with two outs in the second inning when Orlando Hudson hit a hard one-hopper that deflected off second baseman Shane Halter’s glove for a single. Roney retired the next 16 batters before being lifted for Fernando Rodney.
“Exactly what we needed. He got his first major league win and we get our first series win at home,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “It’s July and I can’t believe I’m saying that. But that’s the case.”
Detroit’s last series win at home was Aug. 9-11 last season, when it took two of three from Baltimore.
“It was my first start here at home,” said Roney, who made 22 relief appearances to start the season. “I guess I had butterflies or something like that.”
“He battled his control. It’s not like he was all over the place. He was just missing,” Tigers catcher A.J. Hinch said. “He struck out Myers to end the inning, it kind of built from there. He started throwing first-pitch strikes.”
Roney struck out four and walked two.
Mark Hendrickson (5-6) allowed five runs—four earned—and 10 hits in seven innings to take the loss. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.
“Not too high, not too low,” he said. “I did some good things in between the first and the eighth so I’ll take what I can out of it.”
The Tigers scored three runs with two outs in the first inning.
Dmitri Young singled and scored on Monroe’s seventh home run of the year. Carlos Pena then looped a single to left center and went to second when Wells bobbled the ball for an error. Pena then scored on Halter’s single.
Santiago led off the eighth with his first homer since June 19, 2002, and Monroe added an RBI single.
“This is one of best hitting teams in the baseball and things are going our way,” Trammell said. “That hasn’t been the case for most of the year. Maybeit’s starting to change a little but for us.”
Toronto has been shut out three times this season. … Detroit’s other shutout came May 24 against the White Sox. … Young has hit safely in eight straight games (13-for-29, .448) … Hinske is 4-for-22 (.192) since returningfrom the DL with a broken hand June 26.