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Jays match season high with sixth straight win

9/28/2002

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

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.