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DETROIT -- The frustrating run that the Blue Jays have been on for more than a month finally boiled over into the clubhouse at Comerica Park on Saturday afternoon as manager John Gibbons declined to speak with the media for the first time this season.

Gibbons announced through a club spokesman that he would not be talking after the club's latest loss because "he had nothing to say." The news came just minutes after the Blue Jays lost for the 15th time over the last 19 games, while the club's overall losing streak was extended to a season-high five games.

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DETROIT -- The frustrating run that the Blue Jays have been on for more than a month finally boiled over into the clubhouse at Comerica Park on Saturday afternoon as manager John Gibbons declined to speak with the media for the first time this season.

Gibbons announced through a club spokesman that he would not be talking after the club's latest loss because "he had nothing to say." The news came just minutes after the Blue Jays lost for the 15th time over the last 19 games, while the club's overall losing streak was extended to a season-high five games.

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Right-hander Seunghwan Oh took the loss after he allowed three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning as Toronto came out on the wrong end of a 7-4 score. The Blue Jays are now a season-high eight games below .500, and they have just one series win since the start of May. The frustration in Toronto's clubhouse has been mounting in recent days with the Blue Jays struggling in every facet of their game.

"There are times when you get worried about [it]. You definitely don't want to get used to losing," said Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ, who allowed four runs over five innings on Saturday. "We're going to turn it around and try to get used to winning, and I think that's what we need to continue to come to the ballpark and expect. The last 10 days have not been good to us, so we have to reverse that in whatever way. I don't know how we're going to do it, but it's going to start tomorrow, because it didn't start today."

Video: TOR@DET: Happ punches out Miggy in the 3rd

The Blue Jays find themselves 14 1/2 games out of first place in the American League East. The deficit for the second AL Wild Card spot is almost as large, with Toronto trailing the Mariners and Astros by 11 games. Even when compared to last year's disappointing season, the Blue Jays are three games behind that pace with a 25-33 record vs. a 2017 mark of 28-30 at the same point. Suffice to say that the Blue Jays are trending in the wrong direction and will need to turn things around in a hurry for this not to become a lost year.

"[Heck] yeah it is," Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile said when asked if it was hard to maintain a positive mindset during the club's current woes. "It's just like any other walk of life, when you don't have a lot of success at what you're doing, it's hard. It's not easy. Guys have been down this road before. It's nothing new, nothing anybody isn't accustomed to doing. It's hard as hell and you've got to suck it up and do it."

Former Blue Jay and current Tigers starter Matthew Boyd, also did not factor into the decision. He allowed four runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Maile and Yangervis Solarte had multi-hit games, which included solo home runs, but the Blue Jays received hits from only two other players. The victory went to Tigers reliever Louis Coleman, while Joe Jimenez picked up the save with a scoreless ninth.

Video: TOR@DET: Jimenez gets Diaz out to record the save

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The rally goose: The two sides entered the eighth locked into a 4-4 tie. As the inning began, the Tigers played a tribute video of the infamous Canada goose who delayed a game earlier this week and has since become a rallying cry for the Tigers. The dramatic video featured "One City. One Team. One Goose. Rally Goose," and as the inning progressed, the fans in attendance chanted "Goooose." Whatever motivation that provided seemed to work, because Miguel Cabrera singled, Victor Martinez doubled and John Hicks later delivered the go-ahead two-run single to send the Blue Jays to another loss. Oh was charged with three runs on four hits in the loss.

Video: TOR@DET: Hicks gives Tigers the lead with single

"Believe me, frustrating has been a common theme around here," said Maile. "Obviously, we're not pleased with the way it's going. Any time we get a bit of momentum, it gets taken right back from us, so it's been frustrating, for sure. There's nothing but tomorrow ahead of us, so we've got to keep going."

Video: TOR@DET: Maile homers off the foul pole in left

Pillar's dropped ball: Kevin Pillar is usually the one saving runs with his glove, but in the bottom of the fifth, it was his defense that surprisingly let the Blue Jays down. With a runner on second, Detroit's Dixon Machado hit a fly ball to right-center field. The ball hung up long enough that it could have been caught, but Pillar appeared to take a somewhat awkward route to the ball, and then it bounced off his glove for a double. Jose Iglesias scored from second on the play, and Nicholas Castellanos later added an RBI single to cap the two-run inning. Instead of a 4-2 lead, the Blue Jays went to the sixth with the game tied at 4.

Video: TOR@DET: Machado smacks an RBI double in the 5th

SOUND SMART
The Blue Jays scored two runs in the top of the third inning to take a 2-1 lead. It was their first lead since they closed out a series victory over the Phillies on May 27.

HE SAID IT
"When I fouled it off, I didn't feel the first two toes. I tried to take my time and tried to get the feeling back. It didn't. I tried to stay in my at-bat, tried to fight it, tried to do something for the team because I knew I couldn't do any more. I couldn't stay in the game any more. I just hope nothing's broke and everything's going to be all right. I'm going to be back soon." -- Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez, who left the game in the third inning after fouling a ball off his left foot

Video: TOR@DET: Hernandez fouls ball off foot, leaves game

UP NEXT
The Blue Jays will close out their three-game series against the Tigers when right-hander Aaron Sanchez (2-5, 4.77) takes the mound on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET. Sanchez surrendered a career-high seven earned runs in his last start against the Red Sox. He has not pitched more than five innings since April 30 and he's coming off a month in which he posted a 5.96 ERA. Detroit will counter with right-hander Michael Fulmer (2-4, 4.60).

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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