Friday, June 22, 2018
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Blue Jays 7, Tigers 3

DETROIT — John Gibbons was all smiles in the visiting manager's office after his Blue Jays wrapped up yet another sweep of one of the American League's most successful teams.

"We're feeling good right now," Gibbons said. "We're confident, and we're playing good baseball. We're rolling."

Juan Francisco and Brett Lawrie hit consecutive home runs in the sixth inning off Justin Verlander, and the Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of the Tigers with a 7-3 victory Thursday.

The AL East-leading Blue Jays have won 19 of 23, including sweeps of defending champion Boston, AL West-leading Oakland and AL Central-leading Detroit.

"It's a great atmosphere — we've got a lot of positivity in here," Lawrie said. "Everyone likes to have fun, and everybody's comfortable with one another."

J.A. Happ allowed three runs and seven hits in 61/3 innings for Toronto.

Casey Janssen got the final out for his 10th save in 11 chances. He needed one pitch to retire Nick Castellanos on a line drive to left with two on.

Melky Cabrera also homered for the Blue Jays.

Verlander allowed six runs — five earned — and eight hits in seven innings. Toronto scored three runs each in the fourth and sixth.

"My fastball was great, but I just missed some off-speed pitches," Verlander said. "If I execute those four or five pitches, this would have been a fantastic game. I feel like I'm turning the corner with the mechanical adjustments I've made. I know the results don't reflect that, but I felt great out there."

With the score tied at 3, Adam Lind drew a leadoff walk in the sixth. Francisco followed with a homer to right, and Lawrie's drive to left made it 6-3.

"Against a guy like that, you can't really be on your heels," said Lawrie, who did not have an at-bat against Verlander before Thursday. "You've got to be ready to go. Worked a couple good at-bats against him, and ended up putting one in play, and it ended up being big for us."

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