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Blue Jays walk away empty in Detroit

DETROIT—An already unimpressive Blue Jays team may have hit rock bottom on Sunday in a 6-5 loss at Comerica Park, dropping seven games under .500 on a road trip where they had to begin to turn the season around.After starter Marco Estrada managed just 11 outs, after the once-proud Jays defence made mistakes to contribute to every aspect of the defeat, after the bats fell silent from the fifth inning on forcing the bullpen to be perfect in order to win, it came down to Lucas Harrell facing Miguel Cabrera with two out and the bases loaded in the 11th inning. The resulting loss was predictable, but the walk-off walk was not.“Really, the way we’ve been playing, we’re where we should be,” manager John Gibbons said, looking defeated after the game. “The way we’re playing in all phases of the game, it was a tough one today.How do you solve Estrada’s problems? When Gibbons spoke to the media earlier in the weekend, he praised the right-hander’s remarkable consistency. It turns out he was right. Unfortunately, the consistency of late has been mostly negative as Estrada, a big-game weapon for the Blue Jays in the last two post-seasons, failed to pitch at least five innings for the seventh time in his last nine starts. However, start after start, Estrada continues to see the silver lining.Article Continued Below“Just missing spots,” Estrada began. “The last time I pitched was 12, 13 days ago. It’s kind of to be expected, I guess. It just felt weird to me, but once I got out of that (first) inning, I felt great.“I felt like myself again, thought I made a lot of good pitches. Certain things didn’t really go my way after that, but I’m looking back and thinking, other than (Justin) Upton’s hit in the first, I don’t remember much else being hit too hard. I’m taking those positives with me and moving on to the next one.”This was a good news/bad news weekend for Jays starting pitching.

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