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Leyland gets fired up in win over Blue Jays

Manager Jim Leyland mocks Ed Rapuano (left) after the umpire reversed his call from safe to out in the seventh inning. Manager Jim Leyland mocks Ed Rapuano (left) after the umpire reversed his call from safe to out in the seventh inning. (Julian H. Perez/Associated Press)
Associated Press / June 28, 2011

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Tigers manager Jim Leyland had nothing to say about last night’s most memorable scene.

He was happy to talk about Detroit’s 4-2 win over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.

With Leyland in the clubhouse after being ejected for an argument that lasted several minutes and included three of the four umpires, Jhonny Peralta hit a tiebreaking triple in the eighth inning and the Tigers held on to win.

“Don’t ask me about the play, whatever you do,’’ Leyland said at the start of his postgame remarks after initially saying he wouldn’t speak to reporters.

Leyland was angry after umpire Ed Rapuano changed a call at first base, calling Detroit’s Andy Dirks out after conferring with plate umpire Alfonso Marquez. During his lengthy tirade, in which he also argued with crew chief Brian O’Nora, Leyland mockingly imitated Rapuano changing his call.

“He’s got some experience at that, and it was fun to watch,’’ Dirks said. “At the same time, we’ve got to stay focused on the game.’’

Max Scherzer struck out nine over seven strong innings and the AL Central leaders won their third straight, snapping Toronto’s three-game winning streak. Victor Martinez drove in two runs for the Tigers.

In the makeup of a May 17 rainout, the score was tied at 2 when Leyland was ejected in the seventh. Detroit scored twice in the next inning to win it.

“That was a good win in a tough game,’’ Leyland said. “We’re playing a lot of games in a short stretch, and I’m proud of these guys.’’

Adam Lind hit his 16th homer for the Blue Jays.

With one out in the eighth, Magglio Ordonez singled off Marc Rzepczynski (2-2). Austin Jackson entered as a pinch runner, and Shawn Camp came in to relieve Rzepczynski.

Peralta sliced a liner into the right-center gap and Jose Bautista missed an attempt at a sliding catch. The ball rolled to the wall before center fielder Rajai Davis could retrieve it, giving Peralta a stand-up triple and scoring Jackson.

Angels 4, Nationals 3 — Maicer Izturis hit a bases-loaded single in the 10th inning as host Los Angeles spoiled Davey Johnson’s debut as Nationals manager. Sean Burnett gave up a one-out single to Alberto Callaspo and a ground-rule double by Peter Bourjos — his fourth hit of the game. An intentional walk to Bobby Wilson set the stage for Izturis, who grounded a 1-0 pitch through the middle.

The Angels were one out from a clean getaway in the ninth when closer Jordan Walden gave up a first-pitch homer to Danny Espinosa — the rookie’s third straight blown save.

Cubs 7, Rockies 3 — Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez each homered twice to power Chicago at Wrigley Field. Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the first, doubled and scored in the fifth, and homered again to lead off the seventh. It was his 24th career multihomer gamer. Pena homered leading off the fourth and added a two-run shot in the fifth for his 20th career multihomer game.

Reds 5, Rays 0 — Jonny Gomes hit a towering homer and Mike Leake pitched six strong innings as Cincinnati dropped Tampa Bay to 18-19 at home. Gomes, the former Rays outfielder playing at Tropicana Field for the first time since becoming a free agent after the 2008 season, hit a solo shot off an overhanging catwalk during a two-run fourth that made it 4-0.

Dodgers 15, Twins 0 — Matt Kemp had four hits, including his NL-leading 22d home run, and visiting Los Angeles cruised to victory. Chad Billingsley (7-6) pitched six innings, combining with three relievers on the Dodgers’ seventh shutout of the season.

The Dodgers set season highs for runs and hits (24), and for the first time in team history, every starter in the lineup had at least one hit, an RBI, and a run scored.

Indians 5, Diamondbacks 4 — Orlando Cabrera homered off closer J.J. Putz with two outs in the ninth inning to help visiting Cleveland snap its three-game losing streak.

Braves 3, Mariners 1 — Brian McCann hit a first-inning homer and Freddie Freeman clubbed a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning off Seattle starter Erik Bedard to give Atlanta the road victory.

Padres 4, Royals 3 — Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run homer and Mat Latos (5-8) won for the first time in four starts as host San Diego posted its fifth victory in six games.

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