DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The Tigers had a chance to win in the ninth inning but couldn’t connect as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Detroit Tigers 7-6 on Friday night.
As heard on 97.1 The Ticket – the Diamondbacks steal a win from Detroit as they turn around a 4-0 Tiger lead in the fourth and fifth inning going up 6-4 on Detroit. Wily Mo Pena hit a towering solo home run in the eighth inning to seal the victory for Arizona.
Pena, called up from the minor leagues earlier this week for his first big league stint since 2008, hit a two-out homer an estimated 454 feet over the left-field fence off David Purcey (1-1). The ball landed in the final rows of seats under the big scoreboard at Comerica Park.
Pena has homered twice since joining the Diamondbacks. They’ve been able to use him as a designated hitter in American League ballparks during interleague play.
Esmerling Vasquez (1-1) pitched a scoreless seventh for Arizona. David Hernandez worked the eighth, and J.J. Putz finished for his 21st save.
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