Detroit Tigers guaranteed a losing season

Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez walks across the field during the fifth inning against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Sunday. (AP photo)


Associated Press

TORONTO — Teoscar Hernandez homered in consecutive at bats to give the Toronto Blue Jays back-to-back wins for the first time in three weeks.

Hernandez hit his first two home runs of the season, Darwin Barney had four hits and the Blue Jays beat Detroit 8-2 Sunday to assure the Tigers of just their second losing season in a decade.

“I didn’t think he had as much pop as he showed today,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Hernandez, acquired from Houston at the July 31 trade deadline. “He went to dead center and then to the opposite field. There’s life in his bat.”

Toronto had not won consecutive games since Aug. 16 and 17 against Tampa Bay.

Hernandez, who played one game in April and then was brought up from the minors on Sept. 1, hit a two-run drive in the fourth and a three-run homer in the fifth, both off Anibal Sanchez (3-4). Hernandez made his big league debut last year, when he hit four homers for Houston.

Detroit dropped to 60-82 with its eighth loss in 10 games this month. The Tigers’ only other losing record since 2008 was 74-87 two years ago.

J.A. Happ (8-10) allowed two runs — one earned — and five hits in six innings.

“Happ’s got good stuff,” Tigers catcher James McCann said. “He located his fastball to both sides of the plate, mixed in a cutter, changeup, and curveball at times.”

Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer for the Tigers, who are 2-8 in September. Kinsler’s 17th homer was his first this season that wasn’t a solo shot.

With Detroit trailing 2-0 in the fifth, Ian Kinsler hit his 17th homer, a two-run drive.