Prokopec puts Jays 'in position to win'


DETROIT (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays made sure Luke Prokopec's
solid outing didn't go to waste.

Jose Cruz Jr. singled and scored the go-ahead run and Darrin
Fletcher hit a two-run homer to give the Blue Jays a 4-1 win in 11
innings over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.

Prokopec, who had lost his last three starts and six of seven,
gave up a run on six hits while striking out two over 6 2/3
innings, one out short of his longest outing of the season.

"He pitched in a winning game, that's important," Toronto
manager Buck Martinez said. "And he put us in a position to win."

Toronto has won two straight since snapping its six-game losing
streak Friday night against the Tigers, who have lost six of their
last nine games.

"If we would've lost that game, it would've been tough on all
of us," Prokopec said.

Cliff Politte (1-0) pitched a hitless 2 1/3 innings, striking
out two. Kelvim Escobar pitched a perfect 11th for his ninth save.

The Tigers had a chance to win in the seventh when Brandon Inge
hit a triple off the bottom of the center-field wall and Ramon
Santiago was hit by a pitch with nobody out.

Prokopec struck out Chris Truby before Damian Jackson hit a
grounder to third baseman Dave Berg, who, along with catcher Tom Wilson, got Inge out in a rundown. Reliever Scott Eyre got Fick out
to end the threat.

The Tigers were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and
stranded eight runners.

Dmitri Young extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a
one-out single in the eighth, but Eyre and Politte kept the score
tied. In the first inning, Young's sacrifice fly gave the Tigers a
1-0 lead.

After Detroit closer Juan Acevedo held the Jays hitless in the
ninth and 10th innings, Danny Patterson (0-1) made his first
appearance since the season's second game after being put on the
disabled list with elbow problems.

"The ball felt good coming out of my hand," Patterson said.
"I just left the ball up a little bit, out over the middle of the

Cruz and Raul Mondesi chased Patterson with consecutive one-out
singles in the 11th and Cruz scored on Carlos Delgado's groundout.
Fletcher's first homer of the season came off Jamie Walker.

"It's nice to get that first one out of the way," Fletcher
said. "I was the MVP of BP. I must've hit 10 homers in BP."

Mark Redman gave up one run on seven hits while striking out six
and walking none over eight innings.

"Redman threw the ball well," Detroit manager Luis Pujols
said. "He kept us in the game."

Redman, who was coming off consecutive complete-game wins over
Cleveland, has given up just two earned runs over 26 innings in his
last three starts.

"Guys are playing good defense and I'm hitting my spots,"
Redman said.

Game notes
Detroit 2B Damion Easley came off the DL, but did not play.
... Tigers RHP Brian Moehler, who had shoulder surgery in July,
pitched 6 1-3 solid innings in his first start on a rehab
assignment Saturday night with Class A Lakeland. ... Mondesi stole
his eighth base of the season in the 11th, and the 200th of his
career. ... The Tigers played an extra-inning game for the first
time since April 26.