Reyes has three hits, Castro HRs, Tigers beat Blue Jays 4-2
TORONTO (AP) — Willi Castro homered for the second time in two games, Victor Reyes had three hits, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 Friday night.
Javier Báez reached base three times, Harold Castro hit a two-run single and Riley Greene scored twice for the Tigers, who came in having lost five of eight since the All-Star break.
The Blue Jays lost All-Star right-hander Alek Manoah in the sixth inning after he was hit on the right elbow by Jonathan Schoop’s comebacker. The team said X-rays revealed no fracture, and Manoah said afterwards that he felt good.
“It kind of got me clean on the arm,” Manoah said. “But after that, once I realized it really wasn’t that painful or anything. I tried to fight to stay in but I think with the pitch count and where the game was out it was a good call to take me out.”
Matt Chapman homered for the third time in two games but Toronto managed only four hits against six Tigers pitchers.
Starting for the first time in his big league career, Tigers right-hander Bryan Garcia became the 15th different pitcher to start for Detroit this season.
“It was a cool feeling,” Garcia said. “It felt different. I thought I was going to be a little more nervous than I was but I wasn’t, so that was nice. I felt pretty calm out there.”
Garcia allowed two runs and three hits in a career-high 3 2/3 innings, leaving after Raimel Tapia’s RBI single in the fourth.
“The change-up played better,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said of Garcia. “He hadn’t used that a ton when he was in the bullpen. The slider was pretty good. It certainly was a welcome addition at a time we needed as many innings as we could get.”
Will Vest (3-2) worked 1 1/3 innings, Jason Foley, Joe Jiménez and Michael Fulmer each worked one inning, combining for seven strikeouts, and Gregory Soto finished for his 19th save in 22 chances.
“They’re all special, man, they really are,” Tigers catcher Tucker Barnhart said of Detroit’s relievers. “They’re a joy to catch and I’m glad they’re on my team.”
Schoop’s one-hopper deflected off Manoah’s elbow to shortstop Santiago Espinal, who made the out at first as Manoah hopped off the back of the mound, grimacing in pain. Following a conversation with the trainer, a frustrated Manoah exited and was replaced by left-hander Tim Mayza.
Manoah (11-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.
“We had great at bats, especially the top part of the order,” Hinch said.
Chapman gave Toronto the lead in the second with his 19th home run, but Greene and Reyes tied it with back-to-back doubles in the third.
Castro drove in a pair with a two-out single to right in the fifth, but Detroit left runners at the corners when second baseman Cavan Biggio made a diving play on Jeimer Candelario’s grounder.
Willi Castro made it 4-2 with a leadoff homer off Manoah in the sixth, his fourth.
Blue Jays: SS Bo Bichette (left shoulder) was held out of the starting lineup but came on as a pinch hitter in the ninth, ending the game with a fly out to deep center. Bichette was shaken up Thursday after he collided with OF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. while chasing a shallow pop fly. … OF George Springer (right elbow) was held out of the starting lineup. Manager John Schneider said Springer was available to pinch hit.
When Reyes singled in the fifth, it snapped a streak of nine consecutive extra-base hits by the Tigers, dating to Reyes’ game-winning double Wednesday against San Diego. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that matched the longest such streak in Tigers history, previously set Sept. 27-28, 2011.
Willi Castro homered from the right side against left-hander Yusei Kukuchi on Thursday, then connected from the left side Friday against the right-handed Manoah.
“He’s becoming a big leaguer more and more every day,” Hinch said.
Fifteen of Chapman’s 19 home runs this season have come at home.
Former Toronto RHP Drew Hutchison (1-4, 4.84) starts for the Tigers against Blue Jays RHP Ross Stripling (5-3, 3.10). Stripling has not allowed a run in two career appearances against Detroit, spanning eight innings.
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