It’s not often you’ll see the home team score 5 in the tenth. The Tigers needed them due to the dramatic finish today.
The Indians had the lead 4 times today. Detroit kept coming back. Infante was key with 4 hits and 8 total bases.
In the bottom of the ninth the Tigers stranded a lead off triple. After a strike out Acta walked Cabrera and Fielder. Quintin Berry then hit into a double play.
In the top of the tenth Hafner hit his 200 th career homer. Another homer chased Benoit. Then Darin Downs allowed a run on two more hits.
Chris Perez retired the first two batters in the tenth. Then he walked Avila and pinch hitting Dirks. Austin Jackson doubled. Omar Infante singled to tie the game. Cabrera then homered to win.
Since the game took a long time and the day was hot only 1/3 to 1/4 of the crowd was left to celebrate. For me this was the most exciting moment since Jackson’s ninth inning catch on 6-2-2010.
This was Downs’ first win- in perhaps his least effective outing.
The Indians lost all nine games on a road trip for the first time ever.