The Tigers scored two runs in the 9th to break a 7-7 tie, and they beat the Twins 9-7, completing a two game series sweep, and an impressive 5-1 road trip. There were five lead changes in the game, the Tigers lead 5-2 going to the bottom of the 7th, but Jason Kubel capped a four run inning with a three run HR off Daniel Schlereth to give the Twins a 6-5 lead. And that’s when things got interesting. Jhonny Peralta – pinch-hitting for Don Kelly – hit a 2-run home run in the 8th to give the Tigers a 7-6 lead. Kelly was in the game because Miguel Cabrera had been ejected for arguing a called third strike in the 6th. The Twins tied the game on an unearned run in bottom of the 8th, setting up the 9th: With a man on and one out, Brandon Inge battled Matt Capps for ten pitches before driving a double to the right centerfield gap, scoring Ramon Santiago. Inge ended up on third, then Austin Jackson dropped a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to score Inge to make it 9-7. Jose Valverde closed it out, giving the Tigers the win, and the series sweep.
Victor Martinez had another big day – 3-4 with 3 RBIs. He now has 13RBI in the last 5 games, and seven of his last 10 hits have been for extra bases. He becomes the first Tigers hitter with three straight games of 3 RBI or more since Dan Gladden (now a Twins broadcaster) did it in 1993.
The Tigers have won 8 of their last 9 to improve to 20-18. They start a five game home stand against the Royals on Friday night.
Listen below to Jhonny Peralta’s 2 run HR
Listen below to Austin Jackson’s suicide squeeze
Listen below to Brandon Inge’s RBI triple