CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 24: Starting pitcher Doug Fister #58 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 24, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Tigers Vs. Blue Jays: Doug Fister's Gem Helps Detroit Escape Sweep

Doug Fister tossed eight innings of one-run ball on Sunday to pick up his fifth victory of the season.

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Tigers Vs. Blue Jays Final Score: Detroit Avoids Sweep With 4-1 Win

Paced by eight innings of one-run baseball from starting pitcher Doug Fister, the Detroit Tigers righted the ship and avoided a three-game sweep against Toronto on Sunday with a 4-1 victory.

Though Tigers hitters could only muster five hits on the day, a Jhonny Peralta three-run home run in the second inning proved to be more than enough run support for a stingy Fister to work with. In addition to scattering seven hits and lowering his season ERA down to 3.77, Fister whiffed nine Blue Jays hitters to mark the third time in four starts where he's fanned at least eight opponents.

Peralta, who finished the afternoon 2-for-4 with four runs batted in, stepped to plate in the ninth inning and proceeded to smack out his second home run of the game in impressive fashion. The second blast signified Peralta's eighth bomb of the year, which is a drastic drop-off from last year's impressive total of 21.

Now back to their winning ways for a three-game series in Boston at Fenway Park, the Tigers will benefit from having Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander on the mound for games one and two respectively.

For more on the Tigers, visit Bless You Boys. For more on the Blue Jays, check out Bluebird Banter. And for more MLB news and analysis, head over to Baseball Nation.

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Tigers Vs. Blue Jays Final Score: Toronto Tops Detroit, 8-3

It looked like the Detroit Tigers might be in for a big night after the heart of the lineup belted a pair of first inning home runs. The bats fell silent after that early show of force, and the Toronto Blue Jays went on to defeat the Tigers by a final score of 8-3 in their series opener on Friday night.

Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder each put solo shots over the fence to stake Detroit to a 2-0 lead in the first. The Blue Jays picked up a run in the bottom of that inning, before hammering Rick Porcello for four runs in the fourth inning. Toronto added another three runs in the seventh and eighth, including a two-run shot from Travis Snider.

It was the first loss since June 20 for Porcello, whose ERA rose to 4.56. He made it through six innings, giving up five runs, two walks and striking out just one batter.

Blue Jays starter Carlos Villanueva earned his fourth consecutive win, dropping his ERA to 2.92 for the season.

Detroit is now one game behind Chicago for first place in the AL Central. They get another shot in Toronto on Saturday afternoon.


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Detroit Tigers 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
Toronto Blue Jays 1 0 0 4 0 0 1 2 X 8

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