Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Toronto leads 2-0 (as of 9/28)

Game 1: Friday, September 27
Detroit 2Final
Toronto 5
Game 2: Saturday, September 28
Detroit 2Final
Toronto 10
Game 3: Sunday, September 29
Detroit 0Final
Toronto 1

Tigers 2

(55-105, 22-58 away)

Blue Jays 10

(77-84, 41-39 home)

    4:05 PM ET, September 28, 2002

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    TOR 11100340 - 10 - -

    W: J. Miller (9-5)

    L: J. Beverlin (0-3)

    Jays match season high with sixth straight win

    TORONTO (AP) -- Carlos Delgado and the Toronto Blue Jays hope their second-half surge is a sign of what's to come.

    Carlos Delgado
    Delgado

    Delgado hit his 10th home run in September and the Blue Jays won their sixth straight, 10-2 over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

    Rookie Eric Hinske hit his 24th homer for the rebuilding Blue Jays, whose 43-32 record since the All-Star break is fourth best in the major leagues.

    "It says a lot about the character of his club and the way we've gone about our business lately. It's very encouraging for next year,'' Delgado said.

    Toronto's winning streak matched its season high.

    Rookie starter Justin Miller (9-5) won for the sixth time in seven starts, allowing two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old right-hander, acquired with Hinske from Oakland for Billy Koch, struck out five and walked three.

    "I think a lot of guys are proud of our record since the break,'' Miller said. "It's fun right now. I don't think people want the season to end.''

    Jason Beverlin (0-3) lost his third straight start for the Tigers (55-105), assured of their worst record since going 53-106 in 1996.

    Detroit made two errors that increased its league-leading total to 142 and allowed three unearned runs.

    Detroit rookies Omar Infante and Andres Torres were fined for arriving late to the park. The two thought it was a 7 o'clock start and didn't arrive until about 1 hour, 15 minutes before game time.

    "They thought it was a night game,'' Detroit manager Luis Pujols said. "They got up this morning and had breakfast and went shopping. I hope they didn't spend too much on shopping because they've been fined.''

    Delgado's 33rd home run, a two-run drive off Beverlin, gave Toronto a 5-2 lead in the sixth.

    Carlos Pena's sacrifice fly gave Detroit a 1-0 lead in the first, but Tigers center fielder Hiram Bocachica made a fielding error that allowed Toronto's first run to score in the bottom half.

    Dave Berg hit an RBI single in the second, and Hinske homered in the third, giving Toronto a 3-1 lead.

    Mike Rivera's RBI single cut Toronto's lead to 3-2 in the fifth, but Blue Jays scored three runs in the sixth on Delgado's homer and Berg's RBI grounder.

    Beverlin allowed six runs -- five earned -- and eight hits in five-plus innings.

    Toronto added four runs in the seventh on Delgado's RBI single, Tom Wilson's run-scoring single and Pena's fielding error at first that scored two runs.

    Game notes


    Bocachica was driven off the field on a cart after hurting his head on a slide in the sixth inning. Bocachica hit his head against 2B Orla Hudson's leg as he tried to break up a double play. Bocachica, who was disoriented, was taken to a hospital. The game was delayed for seven minutes. "He was out for a couple of seconds,'' Pujols said. "When we first got there we asked him a couple of questions and he didn't know where he was.'' Pujols said he didn't have any results from the hospital, but he thought Bocachica would be OK. ... The Tigers announced that hitting coach Merv Rettenmund told the team he wouldn't be back next season. ... The Tigers have the worst record in the major leagues since the All Star break (24-50). ... The Blue Jays are 18-8 in September. ... Delgado has 21 RBI in September.

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