Jesse Barfield, who had two home runs in a losing cause in the opening game, hit a two-run triple to highlight a four-run third inning last night in Toronto that carried the Blue Jays to an 8-7 victory in the second game and a doubleheader split with the Detroit Tigers.
In the first game, Larry Herndon sliced a two-run, two-out double in the 10th inning, his third hit of the game, to lead the Tigers to a 9-8 victory.
Leading, 2-0, the Blue Jays struck for four runs in the third of the nightcap against Milt Wilcox (12-9). Barfield, who went six for nine with five RBI in the doubleheader, tripled in two runs and scored on Garth Iorg's triple. Alfredo Griffin followed with an RBI single to make it 6-0 and chase Wilcox, who was making his first appearance since July 27.
The Blue Jays made it 7-0 in the fourth on Rance Mulliniks' seventh homer, but the Tigers stormed back with a pair of three-run innings before Dave Geisel closed the door in relief.
In the 10th inning of the opener, John Wockenfuss drew a leadoff walk off Jim Gott (7-13) and advanced to second on Lynn Jones' sacrifice bunt. Lou Whitaker was intentionally walked and after Trammell's fielder's choice, Herndon followed with his double.
The Blue Jays added a run in the bottom half on Ernie Whitt's 13th home run.
Barfield's two home runs in the opener marked the third time this week he had accomplished the feat and second time in as many games.