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BLUE JAYS NEED 2 IN BOTTOM OF 11TH TO BEAT TIGERS

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Both Mike Heath of the Detroit Tigers and Kelly Gruber of the Toronto Blue Jays collected their fifth hit of the game in the 11th inning Monday night. Fortunately for Toronto, Gruber's fifth hit was a double.

Gruber doubled home Nelson Liriano and Tony Fernandez with two out in the 11th to lift the Blue Jays to a 5-4 victory over the Tigers. Detroit took a 4-3 lead in the top of the inning on Heath's fifth hit, a RBI single scoring Gary Ward.Tigers reliever Paul Gibson, 2-4, surrendered a one-out double to Liriano, and after striking out Junior Felix, walked Fernandez. Williams replaced Gibson and Gruber drove his first pitch off the left-field wall.

"We need to do all of the little things in this park," said Gruber, who went 5 for 6 with 3 RBI. "It's a big park and we have to move runners, hit behind runners, and score them from third with less than two outs. We have to do the small things if we're going to keep winning."

Tom Henke, 4-3, who entered in the 10th, allowed one run and two hits to pick up the victory.

"It (his five-hit performance) really doesn't matter," Heath said. "We're a last place team and we had an opportunity to win and we didn't. I'd rather throw five guys out in a row and get the win than get five hits and lose."

Trailing 3-2 in the ninth, Detroit tied the game on Gary Ward's second homer of the season. Ward hit the shot to left field off reliever David Wells.

Fred McGriff's 14th homer of the year put Toronto ahead 3-2 in the seventh inning. Detroit starter Doyle Alexander got the first two outs of the inning, before McGriff hit a mammoth shot into the stands.

Trailing 2-1, the Tigers tied the score in the fifth. Chet Lemon singled and Keith Moreland reached on third baseman Manny Lee's second error of the game, moving Lemon to second. Lemon then advanced to third when Gary Ward flied out and scored on Mike Heath's single, making it 2-2.