Blue Jays strike late to tame Tigers

Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Brett Lawrie and shortstop Jose Reyes celebrate after beating the...

Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Brett Lawrie and shortstop Jose Reyes celebrate after beating the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit, June 3, 2014. (RICK OSENTOSKI/USA Today)

Mike Rutsey, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:22 PM ET

DETROIT - Tuesday night’s game was a take on the old battle between the immovable object meeting the unstoppable force.

In baseball terms, it meant Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez, who had not allowed a home run this season (8 starts, 31 1/3 innings) going up against the Toronto Blue Jays, the team that had clubbed the most homers in the big leagues with 82.

In a mano-a-mano battle, Sanchez went up against the American League Player of the Month — Edwin Encarnacion.

Steady Eddie won the honour as in May he led the league in home runs (16), slugging percentage (.763) and extra-base hits (22). He was also tied for the lead in runs (26) and ranked second in RBIs (33).

On this night, though, in the first of three games between the two division leaders, the Sanchez-Jays battle ended in a draw.

Sanchez kept the ball in the park as the game featured a pretty good pitching duel between Sanchez and Drew Hutchison and both right-handers were on top of their respective games.

The two matched zeros over the opening seven innings before both were lifted for relievers.


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