Tigers win sixth of last seven games

DETROIT (AP) -- Magglio Ordonez felt better just in time for the Detroit Tigers.

A day after sitting out with flu-like symptoms, Ordonez doubled in the winning run with one out in the 13th inning Saturday night, leading the Tigers past the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 for their third straight victory.

Placido Polanco singled off Miguel Batista (5-4) to open the inning and then moved to second when Chris Shelton walked. Ordonez's hit sailed over left fielder Reed Johnson to the wall.

"We're not giving up," Polanco said. "Once you get past the ninth inning you really want to win the ballgame and get it done right."

Ordonez did not speak to reporters after the game.

Franklyn German (4-0) worked the last 1 1/3 innings for the Tigers, who have won six of seven. The game was the longest for Detroit since it lost a 13-inning game to the visiting White Sox on June 29.

Toronto won an 18-inning game against the Angels on July 28 but has now lost its last three extra-inning contests.

Tigers starter Jason Johnson gave up two runs -- one earned -- and four hits in eight innings. It was the eighth time in 25 starts Johnson has worked at least eight innings. The bullpen allowed one hit in five innings.

"The pitching was outstanding," Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. "Johnson had a tremendous start. The bullpen -- five innings, one hit. That kind of speaks for itself right there.

"I would have loved to seen [Johnson] get the win, but he did a good job," he said.

Johnson and four relievers held the Blue Jays to five hits. Toronto's middle three hitters -- Vernon Wells, Shea Hillenbrand and Corey Koskie -- were a combined 0-for-15.

"We could have won the game, no doubt," Wells said. "Their pitchers got out of trouble when they needed to and we didn't come up with anything when we needed to.

"It seemed like everything bad happened in one night," he said.

Rookie left-hander Gustavo Chacin gave up two solo home runs in seven innings for the Blue Jays, allowing five hits while walking one and striking out two.

Toronto's staff came into Friday's game with a 55-inning homerless streak but has surrendered seven homers in its last two games.

"Look at the middle of Detroit's lineup," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "Those guys [Ivan Rodriguez, Ordonez and Dmitri Young]
are strong all the way through.

"I don't know how many times we got through them before we got into trouble," he said.

Detroit threatened in the 10th when Brandon Inge doubled and reached third with two outs, but a groundout stranded him. Toronto got a leadoff double from Russ Adams in the 11th, but Craig Dingman
retired the next three batters to escape.

The Tigers improved to 8-2 in extra innings.

"I like the fact that we have a winning record in extra innings," Trammell said. "This game was important, because we have a chance to sweep. This is something we don't get to say too much."

Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the first when Wells' groundout brought in a run, but Detroit evened it in the bottom half when Rodriguez hit his 11th home run down the left field line.

The Blue Jays went back ahead in the fifth on Frank Catalanotto's sacrifice fly, but Craig Monroe homered to left in Detroit's half to tie it.

Game notes
The loss broke the Blue Jays' string of three straight road series wins. ... Johnson's 117 pitches were his most this season. ... Blue Jays infielder Orlando Hudson pinch-hit in the 10th and stayed in the game at second base, a day after leaving in the sixth inning with a sore right hamstring. Doctors in Toronto cleared him to play Saturday afternoon and he arrived in Detroit at 9 p.m.