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It took Shawn Green one at-bat to put his name in the Toronto Blue Jays record book.

Green extended his hitting streak to a team-record 27 games with a home run in the first inning of Toronto's 8-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

Green's 30th home run of the season broke John Olerud's team record 26-game hitting streak, set in 1993.

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  • "It's a big thrill," Green said. "(Blue Jays reliever) Paul Quantrill got the ball for me. He said he made a nice catch in the bullpen, I'll take his word for it."

    Willie Greene, who had three hits and drove in three runs, and Green hit consecutive homers in the first inning for a 2-1 lead. Green reached the 30-homer mark for the second straight year.

    "Streaks are fun," Green said. "It makes the game a little more exciting, but it's all about production."

    Kelvim Escobar (9-7) threw a six-hitter in his first career complete game in 31 starts. He struck out six and walked two in sending Detroit to its fourth straight loss.

    "That was the best outing of his career," Toronto manager Jim Fregosi said. "He's got a great arm and a bright future."

    Escobar pitched three-hit ball into the ninth. Tony Clark hit an RBI single, giving him a 17-game hitting streak.

    Detroit reliever C.J. Nitkowski barely missed Carlos Delgado's head wit a pitch in the seventh. Delgado glared at Nitkowski, then hit the next pitch over the center-field wall for his 26th homer. Tony Fernandez followed with a home run.

    "I didn't try to hit him. I was surprised he stared at me," Nitkowski said.

    Delgado said it felt good to homer on the next pitch.

    "Sometimes when you get hit, you go to first and hope the guy behind makes him pay. But I took matters into my own hands," Delgado said.

    Luis Polonia led off the game with a broken-bat single, stole second and scored on Damion Easley's sacrifice fly. But Escobar, using a fastball that consistently hit 96 mph on the radar gun, did not allow another run until the ninth.

    "He had a great fastball all game, he threw 96 in the ninth just a terrific outing," Fregosi said.

    The Blue Jays scored three times in the fourth on Shannon Stewart's two-out, two-run single and Greene's RBI single.

    Greene likely made his last start for a while. He was the designated hitter while David Segui, acquired from Seattle on Wednesday, served a one-game suspension.

    Segui was penalized for his involvement in a 15-minute brawl between the Mariners and the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 11.

    "It's the organization's decision to get David Segui," Greene said. "There's nothing I can do but just go out and play hard."

    Jeff Weaver (6-7) lost his fourth straight decision. He gave up six runs on eight hits in six innings, and has not won in 11 starts since May 27.

    Notes:

  • Segui's Toronto debut was delayed because he dropped his appeal of his suspension.
  • World Series heroes Joe Carter and Cito Gaston were given a permanent place in Blue Jays' history as the team added their names to the Level of Excellence, the highest award bestowed by the club. The Blue Jays unveiled commemorative signs as they received a standing ovation.
  • Detroit's Justin Thompson will not make his scheduled start on Sunday because of soreness in his pitching shoulder. Thompson will start Tuesday if his throwing session on Saturday goes well.
  • Before the game, Detroit's Gregg Jefferies wanted to call a players' only meeting, but at least one of his teammates disagreed saying nothing ever comes from those kinds of meetings. A meeting was not held.
  • Detroit's Juan Encarnacion missed his sixth straight game because of a right ankle sprain. Tigers manager Larry Parrish said he was available to pinch-hit.

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