Series: Game 1 of 3

Detroit leads 1-0 (as of 6/30)

Game 1: Monday, June 30
Game 2: Tuesday, July 1
Game 3: Wednesday, July 2

Blue Jays 2

(46-37, 24-18 away)

Tigers 6

(19-61, 7-32 home)

7:05 PM ET, June 30, 2003

Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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TOR 000010100 2 8 1
DET 00005010 - 6 9 1

W: M. Maroth (3-12)

L: C. Lidle (10-6)

Tigers (19-61) avoided tying dubious milestone

DETROIT (AP) -- Mike Maroth gave up two runs over seven innings as the Detroit Tigers ended a nine-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.

With the win, the Tigers (19-61) avoided tying the 1904 Washington Senators for the worst 80-game start since 1901.

Maroth (3-12) allowed eight hits and a walk. He struck out four to improve to 2-1 in his last four starts.

Chris Mears, who made his major league debut in Sunday's loss to Arizona, pitched two perfect innings in relief.

Cory Lidle (10-6) lost his second straight start, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks in six-plus innings.

Toronto took a 1-0 lead on Shannon Stewart's sacrifice fly in the fifth, but Detroit came back with five runs in the bottom of the inning.

Ramon Santiago led off with a walk and scored on A.J. Hinch's first homer as a Tiger, a long drive into the left-field stands. His last homer came with the Royals last Sept. 2.

Andres Torres and Alex Sanchez followed with back-to-back bunt singles, and Warren Morris made it 3-1 with an RBI double down the right-field line. Dmitri Young and Kevin Witt added consecutive sacrifice flies to give the Tigers a four-run lead.

Vernon Wells made it 5-2 with a seventh-inning RBI single, but Maroth struck out Carlos Delgado with runners on the corners to end the inning.

Detroit added an insurance run in the seventh on Eric Munson's pinch-hit RBI single.

Game notes

Wells' two singles gave him 200 total bases for the season. He remains on pace to break Delgado's team record of 378. ... Detroit's five-run fifth inning matched a season high. ... The Tigers had three bunt singles in the game, two by Sanchez. ... Tom Wilson was the victim of spectacular defensive plays in back-to-back at-bats. 1B Carlos Pena made a running catch of his sixth-inning pop-up and RF Torres made a diving catch on his sinking liner in the eighth.

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