TORONTO — Detroit Tigers shortstop Javier Báez put his hands near his head, signaling his frustration, in the fifth inning. An errant throw, fielding an error, put a runner in scoring position, resulting in Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s RBI double. and Báez’s visible irritation.
The Tigers entered Sunday on a 12-game unbeaten streak in their last five games and in Sunday’s series finale — a 4-1 loss to Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Center — defense commits four turnovers. However, they won all four runs. The offense had three hits and one walk.
Detroit’s defense has been sloppy all season, with the league’s worst offense and an injury plagued starting game.
The Tigers (41-62), down three of four games, dropped winnable games during their trip to Toronto before Tuesday’s trade deadline. The team then travels to Minnesota for a three-game series against the Twins starting Monday.
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However, Báez is not at fault for Sunday’s woes. He increased his error total to a team-high 15 this season with a two-error performance.
The former Gold Glove winner was responsible for the second error to start the fourth inning when he got everyone out on a pop-up to shallow center and then dropped the ball. Left fielder Robbie Grossman picked up the first error with two outs in the third. The ball off Guerrero’s bat should have ended the inning, but Grossman didn’t grip his glove hard enough, so the ball popped out. In the eighth inning, Báez recorded his second error, throwing a ground ball past first baseman Harold Castro.
Despite those mistakes, the Blue Jays were scoreless in the third and fourth innings, but Toronto’s potent offense capitalized on Garrett Hill’s pickoff error in the fifth and ended up scoring two runs — on RBI doubles by Guerrero and Bo Bichette .
Hill allowed four runs on six hits and two walks with one hit in five innings.
He threw 86 of 53 pitches for strikes.
He was buried by Berríos
A single by Teoscar Hernandez in the second inning set the table for Matt Chapman to continue his four-game tear. He pounded Hill’s slider, which hung over the heart of the plate, for a two-run home run and a 2-0 lead.
Chapman had four homers in the series, staying inside the park only in Saturday’s game.
The early run support was backed by a dominant performance from Blue Jays right-hander José Berríos. He allowed one run on three hits and one walk with six strikeouts in seven innings, throwing 56 of 80 pitches for strikes.
After Grossman’s leadoff double in the fifth inning, the Tigers stranded him at second base as Tucker Barnhart (lineout to shallow center), Willi Castro (strikeout) and Riley Greene (groundout) retired. The Tigers also failed to score after Harold Castro’s single in the second inning.
The Tigers scored their only run in the fourth when Báez took a medium fastball from Berríos — his brother-in-law and the AL leader in homers allowed — and lined it over the wall in right-center. tied Jeimer Candelario for the team lead with 10 homers in 2022.
However, the Tigers fell 2-1.
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This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers have 4 errors in 4-1 loss to Toronto Blue Jays