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Tigers turn triple play, beat Blue Jays 5-4
Saturday Sep 09, 2017 12:00am

(TORONTO) - With the Detroit Tigers facing a tough situation, manager Brad Ausmus asked reliever Drew VerHagen to deliver a double-play grounder. With an assist from rookie third baseman Jeimer Candelario, VerHagen went one better. Candelario helped turn Detroit's first triple play in 16 years, Nicholas Castellanos slugged his third career grand slam and the Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Friday night. With runners at first and second, Candelario backhanded Kevin Pillar's grounder and stepped on third base. Second baseman Ian Kinsler took his feed and made a quick turn for the second out, and his throw to first narrowly beat Pillar for the Tigers' first triple play since Aug. 1, 2001. It was the 34th triple play in team history, and the first for Detroit in a game that also included a Tigers grand slam. Castellanos hit his slam off Marcus Stroman (11-7) in the third inning, and Kinsler added a solo shot in the seventh. Tigers right-hander Buck Farmer (4-2) allowed two runs, one earned, in five innings. VerHagen pitched 1 1/3 innings, Daniel Stumpf got two outs, Alex Wilson worked the eighth and Shane Greene finished for his seventh save in 10 chances. Jose Bautista and Richard Urena hit solo homers for last-place Toronto, which lost for the 15th time in 20 games.

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Cleveland 5 – Baltimore 0
Texas 11 – NY Yankees 5
Minnesota 8 – Kansas City 5
Oakland 9 – Houston 8
Seattle 4 – LA Angels 3

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