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MLB: Toronto 8, Detroit 3

July 27, 2012 at 10:22 PM   |   Comments

TORONTO, July 27 (UPI) -- Jeff Mathis cracked a fourth-inning three-run double Friday, powering the Toronto Blue Jays to an 8-3 victory over Detroit.

With the Blue Jays trailing 2-1 in the fourth, Colby Rasmus singled while Kelly Johnson and Travis Snider each drew a walk off Rick Porcello (7-6) to load the bases with two outs. That brought up light-hitting catcher Mathis, who hammered a 1-0 pitch over the glove of Tigers left fielder Quintin Berry, chasing home all three runners.

Anthony Gose followed with a single to drive in Mathis and Snider later added a two-run homer as Toronto went on to take the opener of a three-game series.

Carlos Villanueva (6-0) got the victory, allowing a pair of runs on four hits in a five-inning start.

Porcello (7-6) was touched for five runs on six hits over six frames.

Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielded socked back-to-back homers in the first inning for second-place Detroit, which came into the contest one-half game behind the American League Central-leading Chicago White Sox.

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