TORONTO—- This was a game, manager Jim Leyland said during the afternoon, that if he were at home as a fan, he would like to watch on television.
It was a matchup of two good young right-handers, Detroit's Max Scherzer and Toronto's Brandon Morrow.
"I think this will be one of the premier matchups on the Monday-night card," Leyland said.
Sometimes things don't work out the way they look on paper, but it worked out fine for the Tigers, who defeated the Blue Jays, 10-5, and for Scherzer, who moved into a tie for the American League lead with his sixth win.
After a good opening, Morrow was gone after 3 1/3 innings, allowing three hits, three walks and five runs, with all the runs scoring during Detroit's six-run fourth.
The Tigers took three in a row from the Blue Jays after losing the opener of the four-game series, just as they did last week against the Yankees.
After Morrow (1-2) mowed down the Tigers in order in the first, the Blue Jays struck in the bottom of the frame, with Jose Bautista doubling to center to score a run.
Scherzer (6-0) did a better job of holding up his end of the billing, although he needed 97 pitches to get through his five innings, during which he allowed five hits, three walks and two runs, with five strikeouts. He is now tied with Jered Weaver of the Angels in wins, though Weaver has two losses.
The Tigers had only one hit through the first three innings but started their rally in the fourth, when Brennan Boesch reached first on a wild pitch after striking out. Miguel Cabrera walked.
Victor Martinez doubled for the first run, and Don Kelly singled in the second. After Alex Avila walked with one out to load the bases, Morrow was removed for Shawn Camp, who struck out Ryan Raburn before giving up Austin Jackson's three-run double and Ramon Santiago's double, which produced another run.
The Tigers scored four more runs in the seventh off Octavio Dotel, two of them on Martinez's third home run of the season.
During the inning, Kelly was hit on the ankle by a pitch and was replaced by pinch-runner Brandon Inge, who took over at third base. The preliminary report states that Kelly has an ankle contusion, and he is listed as day-to-day.