LAKELAND, Fla. (WWJ/AP) – Detroit used some fireworks in the ninth inning as Andy Dirks hit a two-run triple to beat the Braves 2-1 Saturday.
As heard on 97.1 The Ticket – Detroit trailed for most of the game 1-0, then turned on the power at bat in the ninth inning to get the win over a split squad Atlanta Braves on a sunny Florida afternoon.
Dirks’ winning hit came off Arodys Vizcaino after singles by Brennan Boesch and Scott Sizemore.
Jordan Schafer led off the game with a triple and scored the Braves’ run.
Brandon Beachy, bidding for a spot in Atlanta’s rotation, gave up one hit and three walks in five shutout innings, striking out three.
Rick Porcello pitched 4 2-3 innings for the Tigers, giving up three hits including Alex Gonzalez’s RBI single.
Daniel Schlereth worked two perfect innings of relief for Detroit.
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