Damaso Garcia lined a double over third base with two out in the eighth inning yesterday in Detroit to score Tony Fernandez from third and give the Toronto Blue Jays a 6-5 victory over the Tigers.
Loser Aurelio Lopez (1-5) got the first two outs of the eighth but gave up a ground single up the middle to Fernandez. He made three straight pickoff throws -- the last one wild for an error that moved Fernandez to third. Garcia then lined the next pitch over third to break a 5-5 tie that had existed since the third.
"I don't like to lose," said Garcia, alluding to Saturday's 8-0 loss to the Tigers. "I'm always angry when we lose. I don't care if it's the Tigers or Saudi Arabia, I never want to lose a ball game."
Gary Lavelle (3-2) worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth and allowed only one hit until turning things over to Bill Caudill in the eighth to help Toronto win two of three weekend games from Detroit and increase its lead over the Tigers to 3 1/2 games in the American League East.
Caudill needed help in the ninth from Dennis Lamp, who got the last three outs for his first save.
Lance Parrish's 11th home of the season followed a one-out single by Kirk Gibson in the Detroit third and tied the score, 5-5.
Toronto jumped on Jack Morris for four runs in the first. Garcia hit his first pitch for his second home run of the season, Morris walked Willie Upshaw and hit George Bell with two out and Ernie Whitt tagged him for his ninth home run.
Detroit retaliated with three runs in the first, two coming on Tom Brookens' third home run.
The crowd of 44,377 brought the total for the three-game series to 140,344 at Tiger Stadium, largest in the AL this season.