Mark DeRosa powers Blue Jays past Tigers

Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole is tagged out at home plate by Tigers catcher Brayan Pena at the...

Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole is tagged out at home plate by Tigers catcher Brayan Pena at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, July 1, 2013. (MARK BLINCH/Reuters)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:21 PM ET

TORONTO - Adam Lind may be out of action with a bad back but that doesn’t mean there’s an offensive void at first base for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Despite being bothered by lingering stiffness in his neck, Mark DeRosa, playing at first in place of Lind and drilled a three-run home run in the fourth inning to help power the Jays to an 8-3 Canada Day victory over the Detroit Tigers before 45,766 fans at the Rogers Centre.

Sporting their traditional red Canada Day jerseys, the Jays improved to 12-23 on Canada’s birthday.

With the win, the Jays have now won seven consecutive games at home for the first time since August 2007.

DeRosa’s homer, his fifth of the season, came with two outs and shot the Jays into an 8-2 lead.

R.A. Dickey was the benefactor of the Jays’ productive day as he improved his win streak to three games and upped his overall record to 8-8.


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