One down, many more to go.

The Tigers began their long stretch of games without Miguel Cabrera and the offense — and defense — didn't show ill effects of losing their best player. Cabrera was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career after sustaining a strained left calf Friday.

Without Cabrera, the Tigers' revamped lineup stay hot, with an 8-3 win Saturday afternoon over the Blue Jays before a crowd of 37,214 at Comerica Park.

After mustering eight runs in Friday's win with Ian Kinsler leading off and Yoesnis Cespedes hitting second, the Tigers' bats perked up at the top of the order again.

"It's certainly a nice day offensively, although all things being equal, I'd rather have Miggy in the lineup," manager Brad Ausmus said. "It's just one game but the last couple games, we've looked a lot better at the plate."

Kinsler went 3-for-4, including a two-run single in the eighth and Cespedes added three hits. But J.D. Martinez had the biggest blow of the game, a two-run home run in the first inning, helping the Tigers start the holiday celebrations early.

It was the team-leading 22nd home run this season for Martinez, who has 12 home runs and 28 RBIs in his last 19 games.

Kinsler was hit by a pitch by R.A. Dickey (3-9) to begin the game, moved to third on a double by Cespedes. After Victor Martinez's grounder to first scored Kinsler, J.D. Martinez homered, making it a 3-0 lead.

"Kinsler looks good. He looks like he's feeling a lot better at the plate in the last four, before he went to the leadoff spot even," Ausmus said. "Obviously, today, he had an outstanding game."

Nick Castellanos had a two-out double and scored on a triple by James McCann.