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Four-Run First Too Much For Jays To Overcome In Loss To Tigers

Independence Day didn't go as well for the Blue Jays as Canada Day did...

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Tigers 8 Blue Jays 3

Most days, you don't worry if the other team takes a lead in the first inning. In fact, if you're a Blue Jays fan (and if you are reading this, you probably are) you've become quite used to it. But most days, the other team doesn't have David Price pitching. Price allowed only one run on eight hits over seven innings as he improves to 16-2 lifetime against the Jays which is quite remarkable on its own.

The offence didn't fare any better against Al Alburquerque and Jeff Ferrell who pitched the eighth and ninth although Chris Colabello had a two-run homerun against Ferrell who was making his Major League debut.

Four runs off of R.A. Dickey in the first inning was too much for the Jays to overcome as they lost their third straight game. Dickey pitched alright after the first, at least in terms of run prevention. The Tigers had a lot of baserunners but Dickey only allowed one more run to score in 5.2 innings which was a much needed bounce back given the current state of the Jays bullpen. Ryan Tepera came in to close out the sixth and pitched 1.1 innings. Steve Delabar started the ninth for Toronto and allowed three runs (two earned) on a wild pitch, two hits, a walk and an error and was replaced by Brett Cecil.

Offensively, against Price the Jays came close in the fourth, tried to start a rally in the fifth but weren't able to sustain enough to come back from a big first inning deficit for the third game in a row. A costly pick off of Devon Travis in the fifth after a Kevin Pillar home run and just before a Jose Reyes single was costly and probably the Blue Jays best chance to really cut into the Tigers lead.

The Lineup

Jose Reyes: 2/5, 2B
Josh Donaldson: 0/4, 2K
Jose Bautista: 1/3, 2B, BB
Edwin Encarnacion: 1/4
Danny Valencia: 1/4, K
Russell Martin: 0/4, K
Chris Colabello: 2/4, HR, 2 RBI, 2K
Kevin Pillar: 1/4, HR, RBI, 2K
Devon Travis: 2/4

Jay of the Day: Umm. Pass? Tepera, Reyes (barely), Bautista and Pillar were the only positive WPA players.

Suckage: Dickey (-0.261) and Valencia (-0.099) take the cake but this could be pretty much anyone.

Tomorrow the Jays face Justin Verlander (0-1, 5.09) and will hope for a better start from Marco Estrada (5-4, 3.58).