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Verlander shines as Tigers pound Blue Jays

5:06 AM, Jul 5, 2013   |    comments
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Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - For Justin Verlander, pitching on foreign soil has felt just like home over the past few years.

Starting at Toronto's Rogers Centre for the first time since his May 2011 no- hitter, the Detroit hurler spun seven scoreless innings in the Tigers' 11-1 rout of the Blue Jays.

Verlander (9-5) yielded just three singles and two walks while striking out five in a 102-pitch effort, and was supported by a Tigers' lineup that pounded out 16 hits and battered Toronto's Esmil Rogers for seven runs in five-plus innings.

Austin Jackson led the outburst by going 4-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and four runs scored. Torii Hunter knocked in three runs while finishing 2-for-4, Prince Fielder contributed two hits and two RBI and Don Kelly went 3-for-4 and scored three times to help Detroit wrap up this four-game series with three straight wins.

Rogers (3-4) served up 11 of the Tigers' hits in the loss, the Blue Jays' eighth in 11 games since ripping off 11 straight victories from June 11-23. Maicer Izturis had two of Toronto's six hits and singled in the team's lone run in the ninth inning.

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