Toronto got one back in the fifth when Teoscar Hernandez, a September call-up who replaced Pearce in left, stroked a double into centre field off Detroit starter Buck Farmer.
The first hitter VerHagen faced was Blue Jays centerfielder Kevin Pillar, who hit a grounder to Jeimer Candelario at third.
Cadelario made a tough backhanded stab, threw a ideal seed to Ian Kinsler, who flipped it to Efren Navarro to complete the rare triple play.
The Tigers' season long ago went down the drain, but the team gave their fans two great plays to cheer about Friday night against the Blue Jays.
Earlier in the game Nicholas Castellanos hit a grand slam so the Tigers had a grand slam and triple play in the same game.
It was the first time the Tigers completed a triple play since August 1, 2001 against the Seattle Mariners, according to the Tigers public relations staff.
Detroit Tigers second basemen Ian Kinsler (3) warms up prior to a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Solo home-run shots in the eighth by Urena, his first at the major-league level, and then Jose Bautista, his 22nd of the year, brought Toronto to within one but there was nothing left in the Toronto tank.