MLB: Toronto 5, Detroit 1

July 28, 2012 at 4:11 PM

TORONTO, July 28 (UPI) -- Colby Rasmus hit one of three Toronto homers and drove in three runs Saturday, helping power the Blue Jays to a 5-1 win over Detroit.

Rasmus opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the third inning and added a two-run shot in the seventh. In between, Edwin Encarnacion belted his 28th of the season and Yunel Escobar also went deep for Toronto.

Henderson Alvarez (7-7) tossed seven strong innings, yielding one run on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts as the Blue Jays clinched their three-game series.

Anibal Sanchez (0-1), obtained by Detroit in a trade from the Miami Marlins this week, was roughed up in his Tigers debut, surrendering five runs on eight hits over six full innings.

Brennan Boesch went 2-for-4 and provided the only RBI for second-place Detroit, which came into the contest 1 1/2 games behind the American League Central-leading Chicago White Sox.

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