Max Scherzer left the Tigers game after the 8th inning with a 2-1 lead. He watched as Joe Nathan blew the sav in the ninth, then saw Joba Chamberlain lose it in the 10th.
“I’m not going to sit here and play second-guess-the-manager. I was done,” Scherzer spoke after the Tigers 3-2 loss in Saturday’s game in Toronto.
The scoring got started in the top of the sixth as Victor Martinez smacked an RBI double to left, scoring Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera. The Blue Jays answered back in the bottom half of the frame when Melky Cabrera doubled to deep center, scoring Jose Reyes.
Scherzer, meanwhile, was spectacular through 8, allowing one run on four hits and striking out 11 with no walks issued. But it was all in vain.
Closer Joe Nathan was summoned to finish the Blue Jays off, but instead allowed two hits and two walks, including a single to right by Dioner Navarro, scoring Reyes, and blowing a save for the sixth time this season. With the bases loaded and one out, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus brought in Joakim Soria, who retired the next two batters to end the threat. However, during his warmups in the tenth, Soria strained a muscle in his right side, and was replaced with Chamberlain. Chamberlain gave up a single to Danny Valencia, followed by a double by Nolan Reimold, ending the game.