DETROIT (AP) – Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer in a seven-run first inning that started the Tigers to their highest-scoring game in more than a year, a 17-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday that extended Detroit’s winning streak to four.

Craig Monroe hit a two-run homer in the second inning, and Curtis Granderson hit a three-run homer in the sixth against Brandon League.

It was the most runs for the Tigers since a 17-3 win over Cleveland on April 23, 2004, and Detroit had 15 hits to reach double digits for the third straight game. Detroit, which has won seven of eight, won three straight over Toronto for its first sweep since taking three games from San Diego from June 14-16.

Sean Douglass (5-2), who appeared in 14 games for Toronto last season, gave up four runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. He took a shutout into the seventh, when he allowed a solo homer by Corey Koskie and a two-run drive by Eric Hinske.

Dustin McGowan (1-1) allowed 12 runs – 10 earned – nine hits, three hit batters and two walked in 4 1-3 innings. His ERA rose from 5.95 to 8.63.

Toronto dropped to 4-5 on a 13-game trip.

Ken Huckaby doubled down the right field line in the ninth and Monroe, thinking the ball was foul, tossed it into the stands as Huckaby came home. Huckaby was given a double, and Monroe was charged with an error.

Detroit blew open the game in the first when Magglio Ordonez hit an RBI single, Pena homered, Vance Wilson had a sacrifice fly and Brandon Inge hit a two-run single. Pena has three homers since he was recalled Wednesday from Triple-A Toledo.

Notes: Toronto had not allowed a home run in 55 straight innings coming into the series. The Blue Jays gave up 10 to the Tigers. .. Toronto rookie Aaron Hill, a third baseman and DH most of the season, made his first major league start at second base Sunday. … Rock star Alice Cooper, a native of suburban Ann Arbor, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

AP-ES-08-21-05 1607EDT


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