DETROIT (AP) -- The Tigers lose to non-contenders just as easily
as they fall to teams fighting for playoff spots.
Frank Catalanotto singled home the go-ahead run in a four-run
seventh inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Detroit 9-6 Tuesday
night to hand the Tigers their 112th loss.Detroit (38-112), which has dropped four straight, tied the 1952
Pittsburgh Pirates (42-112) and 1965 New York Mets (50-112) for the
seventh-most losses in a major league season. The Tigers moved
within five of the American League record, set by the 1916
Philadelphia Athletics (36-117).Detroit needs five or more wins in its last 12 games to avoid
the post-1900 major league mark, set by the 1962 Mets."That's our goal right now," Tigers catcher Brandon Inge said.
"And sad as it may be, that's what it's come to: win five games."Orlando Hudson homered, tripled and singled, driving in two runs
for Toronto, which had 14 hits and overcame a pair of early
deficits."Orlando had a big night," Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said.
"The one thing you always try to do is come back and score after
they score in an inning. He had the home run and then come close to
hitting the cycle."With the score 2-all, Catalanotto singled off Nate Cornejo
(6-16). Craig Monroe, who entered in right field after Bobby
Higginson was ejected, then misplayed Vernon Wells' fly ball for a
three-base error that allowed two runs to score. Carlos Delgado
singled off Jamie Walker for a 6-2 lead."I didn't think I could get there, to be honest with you,"
Monroe said. "Just kept going as hard as I could go, I took a stab
at it. I would have liked to make the play. But I take full
responsibility for it."Toronto boosted its margin in the eighth against Franklyn German
when Hudson hit an RBI triple and Reed Johnson singled in a run.
Monroe hit a two-run single in the bottom half to make it 8-4.Jason Kershner (2-3) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
Cornejo allowed six runs -- five earned -- and eight hits in 6 1-3
innings.Kevin Witt's sacrifice fly put Detroit ahead in the second, but
Hudson's ninth homer tied the score in the third.Dmitri Young hit an RBI single in the fourth for a 2-1 Tigers'
lead, but Josh Phelps retied it on a run-scoring single in the
sixth."I was kind of scratching my head thinking it was a pretty good
game," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "And, as has happened
many times, it fell apart."
Hudson's homer broke an 0-for-13 streak. ... Wells singled
in the sixth, becoming the fifth Toronto player ever to reach 200
in a season. ... Higginson was ejected by plate umpire Kevin
Hollowell after striking out for the final out of the sixth. After
Hollowell ruled Higginson didn't check his swing, Higginson tossed
his shin guard as he began to walk toward his position in right
field and it brushed close to Hollowell, who wasn't looking at
Higginson when he stepped in that direction. He then threw
Higginson out. "I was just mad that I struck out. Not mad at
anything he did," Higginson said.