DETROIT (AP) – Magglio Ordonez doubled in the winning run with one out in the 13th inning Saturday night, leading the Detroit Tigers past the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 for their third straight victory.

Placido Polanco singled off Miguel Batista (5-4) to open the inning, then moved to second when Chris Shelton walked. Ordonez’s hit sailed over left fielder Reed Johnson to the wall.

Franklyn German (4-0) worked the last 1 1-3 innings for the Tigers, who have won six of seven.

Tigers starter Jason Johnson gave up two runs – one earned – and four hits in eight innings. It was the eighth time in 25 starts Johnson has worked at least eight innings.

Rookie left-hander Gustavo Chacin gave up two solo home runs in seven innings for the Blue Jays, allowing five hits while walking one and striking out two.

Detroit’s Brandon Inge doubled in the 10th and reached third with two outs, but a groundout stranded him. Toronto got a leadoff double from Russ Adams in the 11th, but Craig Dingman retired the next three batters to escape.

Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the first when Vernon Wells’ groundout brought in a run, but Detroit evened it in the bottom half when Ivan Rodriguez hit his 11th home run down the left-field line.

The Blue Jays went back ahead in the fifth on Frank Catalanotto’s sacrifice fly, but Craig Monroe homered to left in its half to tie it.

Notes: The loss broke the Blue Jays’ string of three straight road series wins. … Johnson’s 117 pitches were his most this season. … Ordonez was back in right field for Detroit after missing Friday’s game with flu-like symptoms. … Blue Jays INF Orlando Hudson pinch hit in the 10th and stayed in the game at second base, a day after leaving in the sixth inning with a sore right hamstring.

AP-ES-08-20-05 2320EDT


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