DETROIT – Forget that whole issue of who will pitch the ninth inning for Detroit. The Tigers blew Wednesdays game in the sixth and seventh.
J.P. Arencibia hit a three-run double in the seventh and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Tigers 8-6.
Detroit led 6-1 in the sixth, but starter Rick Porcello gave up hits to the first three batters that inning. They all eventually scored, and Toronto added four more runs the following inning.
Brayan Villarreal (0-1) came on with one on and one out in the seventh and proceeded to walk three straight hitters, forcing in a run. Arencibia followed with a drive to the gap in left-center off Octavio Dotel.
We really didnt give ourselves a chance, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. We walked the guys. You dont give yourself a chance when you walk guys.
Aaron Loup (1-0) pitched a scoreless sixth for the Blue Jays. Casey Janssen, the last of five Toronto relievers, pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.
The Tigers dont have a set closer. Leyland says hes willing to use anyone to pitch with a lead in the ninth – but he never even got to make that decision Wednesday.
RAYS 2, RANGERS 0: In Arlington, Texas, Matt Moore and four Rays relievers combined on a five-hitter and Tampa Bay won on the coldest day game ever at Rangers Ballpark.
It was only 39 degrees when the game started after a rain delay of 1 hour, 29 minutes. That was 40 degrees colder than Tuesday night.
Evan Longoria had a sacrifice fly for the Rays, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
ORIOLES 8, RED SOX 5: In Boston, Manny Machados three-run homer capped a five-run ninth inning to lift Baltimore.
The Red Sox had gone ahead 5-3 in the sixth on consecutive homers by Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
But closer Joel Hanrahan couldnt hold the lead on a night when their nearly 10-year home sellout streak ended. Chris Davis led off the ninth with his fifth homer.
ROYALS 3, TWINS 0: In Kansas City, Mo., Wade Davis pitched out of bases loaded jams in the first two innings, Billy Butler and Jeff Francoeur homered as Kansas City swept the three-game series.
The Royals have won four straight and six of seven to move three-games above .500 for the first time since May 12, 2011.
Butler homered in the first, while Francoeur led off the seventh with a home run to extend his hitting streak to seven games.
Davis held the Twins to four singles in five scoreless innings.
YANKEES-INDIANS, ppd: In Cleveland, the game between New York and Cleveland was postponed. No makeup date was immediately announced.