Series: Game 1 of 3

Toronto leads 1-0 (as of 9/16)

Game 1: Tuesday, September 16
Game 2: Wednesday, September 17
Game 3: Thursday, September 18

Blue Jays 9

(77-73, 41-35 away)

Tigers 6

(38-112, 20-55 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 16, 2003

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    TOR 001001421 9 14 1
    DET 010100022 6 9 1

    W: J. Kershner (2-3)

    L: N. Cornejo (6-16)

    Jays' four-run seventh does in Detroit

    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."

    Game notes

    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.

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