The Detroit Tigers pulled off one of their most electrifying comebacks in years – rallying from seven runs down to stun the White Sox with a 9-8 win. Ryan Raburn hit a two-run home run with one out in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game, 8-8. Then two batters later, Miguel Cabrera ended the game with a home run deep to left. It was all White Sox early, when they took advantage of two Tigers’ errors to score four unearned runs in a five-run 4th inning to take a 6-1 lead. In the fifth, Alejandro De Aza and Brent Morel hit back-to-back home runs off Brad Penny to give Chicago an 8-1 lead. But the Tigers immediately started chipping away: Austin Jackson – who had four hits – tripled in a run in the bottom of the fifth, then Delmon Young hit a two-run home run to deep left center to cut the White Sox lead to 8-4. Wilson Betemit homered in the 7th to make it 8-5. After a 35 minute rain delay in the eighth, Johnny Peralta singled to left to score Martinez, and make it a two run game, 8-6.
Then came the bottom of the ninth. Sergio Santos came on to close it out for the Sox. Santos had not allowed a run on the road this year, and had held right-handed batters to a .103 batting average in 97 at bats this year. But with one out, Jackson tripled into the left field corner. Raburn then followed by hitting a long home run just inside the foul pole to tie the game. After Young struck out on three pitches, Cabrera launched a shot deep to left to deliver the stunning, incredible, come from behind win.
Jackson finished the night 4-5, and now has 13 hits in his last 19 at bats, with two doubles, two triples, two home runs, and nine runs. The win puts the Tigers 15 games above the .500 mark for the first time since September of 2007, and drops the White Sox seven and a half games behind the Tigers in the Central Division race. The Tigers go for the sweep Sunday night – Max Scherzer (13-8) goes for the Tigers, Mark Buehrle (11-6) starts for Chicago.
Listen below to Dan’s call of Ryan Raburn’s 2-run HR
Listen below to Dan’s call of Miguel Cabrera’s walk off HR
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