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Tigers 7, Blue Jays 6

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TORONTO - Torii Hunter drove in the winning run in the eighth inning with his fourth single of the game as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 on Tuesday.

Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer for the Tigers (44-38) and Colby Rasmus drove in four runs with a double and a home run for the Blue Jays (41-42) before a crowd of 27,189 at Rogers Centre.

Blue Jays starter Chien-Ming Wang could not hold a 4-0 first-inning lead and allowed eight hits and six runs in 1 2/3 innings. The right-hander also pitched 1 2/3 innings in his previous start, allowing seven runs against the Boston Red Sox on June 27.

Tigers right-hander Doug Fister allowed six runs and six hits in the first two innings but gathered himself and pitched six innings, allowing only a single to his 14 batters.

Right-hander Al Alburquerque (1-1) replaced Fister to pitch the seventh and allowed only a walk to pick up the win. Right-hander Joaquin Benoit pitched the ninth for his sixth save of the season.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was ejected for the fourth time this season by plate umpire Alan Porter as he came out to argue during Munenori Kawasaki's at-bat with one out and nobody on base in the ninth. Kawasaki eventually struck out. Jose Reyes grounded out to end the game.

The Blue Jays used left-handers Juan Perez, Aaron Loup and Brett Cecil to take the game to eighth inning when right-hander Neil Wagner (1-3) took over.

Wagner allowed a leadoff single to Omar Infante who took second on Alex Avila's sacrifice and moved to third on Austin Jackson's fly out to deep center. He scored on Hunter's infield single to shortstop that deflected off Wagner. Reyes had to change direction to reach the ball before throwing to first as Hunter made it on a close play.

Left-hander Drew Smyly pitched the eighth for the Tigers.

The Blue Jays scored four runs in the first inning. Jose Reyes led off with a single, took second when Rajai Davis became the major-league leading 13th batter hit by Fister this season and scored on Jose Bautista's single. Rasmus drove in two runs with a ground-rule double to left and eventually scored on Josh Thole's infield single to third.

The Tigers scored six runs in the second, three on Cabrera's 26th homer of the season, a drive to center that made it 6-4.

Detroit already had scored three runs in the inning, one on a double by Omar Infante and two on a double by Alex Avila. Left-hander Juan Perez replaced Wang to finish the inning.

The Blue Jays tied the score in the bottom of the second when Rasmus hit his 15th homer of the season after Bautista walked with two outs.

NOTES: Avila (bruised forearm) was activated from the disabled list. ... The Tigers will appeal the six-game suspension assessed RHP Rick Porcello for what Major League Baseball ruled was intentionally throwing a pitch at Tampa Bay OF-INF Ben Zobrist in the first inning of Sunday's game at Tropicana Field. ... The Tigers expect RHP Anibal Sanchez (shoulder strain) to return from the disabled list to start Saturday at Cleveland. ... The Blue Jays were without C J.P. Arencibia (shoulder), 1B Edwin Encarnacion (right hamstring) and Adam Lind (back) in the starting lineup. ... Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ (skull fracture, knee sprain) and RHP Brandon Morrow (forearm) are not expected to return until August. ... RHP Max Scherzer (12-0, 3.10 ERA) will start Wednesday for the Tigers against Toronto RHP Josh Johnson (1-2, 5.21 ERA).

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