Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Tigers snap Jays' streak

TORONTO — Hitless in 10 at-bats against the Blue Jays, Victor Martinez came through at the perfect time for the Tigers.

Martinez hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and Detroit stopped Toronto's seven-game winning streak with a 3-2 win Saturday.

Hampered by an injured left knee for much of 2015, when he hit .245 with 11 home runs, Martinez has returned to his productive self this season. He's hitting a team-high .309 with a .357 on-base percentage and a .521 slugging percentage.

"It just shows you how much we missed him last year," manager Brad Ausmus said.

Justin Upton had two hits and Andrew Romine reached base three times for the Tigers, who had lost seven of their previous nine against Toronto.

Martinez broke a tie at 2 with a one-out drive off Jason Grilli.

While he's happy to be healthy again, Martinez said he's focused on more than his own statistics.

"I'm worried more about the team," he said. "I don't really pay attention to the numbers. I just want to win."

Matt Boyd allowed one run and four hits in five innings for Detroit. He was recalled from Triple-A Toledo to start in place of Daniel Norris, who has a strained right oblique.

The Tigers loaded the bases against Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez with nobody out in the second, but Toronto got a double play to limit the damage as leftfielder Ezequiel Carrera caught Steven Moya's fly ball and threw home in time to retire Martinez, who was trying to tag up from third.

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