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Blue Jays trail by 8 runs, rally but fall short in 8-6 loss to Tigers

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DETROIT — For one inning Friday night, the Toronto Blue Jays appeared to have baseball's best offense.

That wasn't quite enough to overcome the other eight in an 8-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

Toronto didn't get a hit in the first 7 1/3 innings against and trailed 8-0 when broke up the no-hit bid with a clean single to left.

"I was trying to get a double play, but he fought the whole at-bat," Sanchez said. "I got ahead in the count, but he put a good swing on a changeup away."

Sanchez walked leading off the eighth, and and followed Carrera with singles to make it 8-1. added a two-run single off , and walked to load the bases.

flied out, hit a three-run double that made it 8-6 and threw a wild pitch and then walked Smoak. With closer hurrying to warm up, hit an inning-ending flyout.

"That's the mentality of this team," Navarro said. "We can score a bunch of runs in the blink of an eye, but it is tough to dig yourself out of that hole."

Soria pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 20 chances, striking out to end the game with a runner on second.

"We won the game, and that makes it a good day," Sanchez said. "That's all that counts."

Detroit's left the game in the fourth inning when he got hurt while breaking for second base on an attempted hit-and-run. The Tigers expect the two-time AL MVP to go on the disabled list.

"I'm not optimistic at all," Detroit manager said. "When Miggy says he can't play, it is serious, because Miggy plays through everything."

Cabrera had an MRI, which showed no injury to his Achilles' tendon. He will be examined again Saturday.

Sanchez (7-7) wound up allowing four runs, three hits and three walks in 7 1-3 innings, and left after 117 pitches.

"When Sanchez is on, he's one of the best pitchers in the game, because he can throw four or five pitches anywhere he needs them," Toronto manager said. "But we did what we do, which is hang around, get some hits and make things interesting."

Drew Hutchinson (8-2) gave up seven runs — five earned — 10 hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. had three hits for the Tigers.

Cabrera's RBI single put the Tigers ahead in the first, and Detroit broke open the game in a five-run fourth. With the bases loaded, lined a ball into shallow left-center and it bounced out of Carrera's glove as the left fielder tried for a diving catch. Carrera threw to third, trying to force Martinez, who hadn't seen the ball bounce free, but the throw eluded , and Martinez ended up scoring Detroit's second run on the throwing error.

followed with a single to left, but Carrera's throw sailed into the Toronto dugout for another error. Gose ended up on third and scored on 's sacrifice fly.

"We were really sloppy in the field, which is unusual for us," Gibbons said. "That cost us some runs that ended up being pretty important."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Toronto: SS left in the seventh inning with the Blue Jays trailing 7-0. Gibbons said it was only because of the score.

Tigers: Avila was activated from the disabled list before the game after being out since May 8 with a knee injury. Avila was originally expected to require surgery that would have sidelined him for most of the season but was able to return after intense physical therapy.

UP NEXT

The teams play the second of three games Saturday, with Detroit's (7-2) facing (3-8). The Tigers are 13-3 when Price starts this season and 27-36 with anyone else.

PHOTO: Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Ezequiel Carrera hits the ground after making a diving attempt on a fly ball hit by Detroit Tigers' Nick Castellanos during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 3, 2015, in Detroit. Andrew Romine scored on the single and Victor Martinez scored on Carrera's throwing error on the play. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Ezequiel Carrera hits the ground after making a diving attempt on a fly ball hit by Detroit Tigers' Nick Castellanos during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 3, 2015, in Detroit. Andrew Romine scored on the single and Victor Martinez scored on Carrera's throwing error on the play. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

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