By: Dan Dickerson
In what Manager Jim Leyland called “of the best wins of his career”, the Tigers rallied from a 6-0 deficit – and then had to hang on to beat the Chicago White Sox, 10-8.
The White Sox chased Tigers’ starter Max Scherzer with two runs in the first, two in the third, and two more runs in the 5th inning. The Tigers were not only down, 6-0, they were facing Jake Peavy, who led the American League with a 1.89ERA, and had allowed just five earned runs in 19 innings of work against the Tigers this year – through the fifth inning. Then the Tigers exploded – in the space of nine batters, the Tigers scored eight runs on three home runs, and took an 8-6 lead. Cabrera started the big inning with a monster shot to deep left field. Four batters later, Ryan Raburn hit a three-run shot to left-center to make it 6-5. Peavy was gone one batter later. Then reliever Will Ohman hit pinch-hitter Delmon Young, and then gave up a three run home run to Austin Jackson – deep to centerfield – to make it 8-6, Tigers.
The Tigers added two runs in the 7th, and looked like they would cruise to a 10-6 win when Jose Valverde retired the first two batters in the 9th. But Paul Konerko singled, AJ Pierzynski doubled, and then Valverde had to leave the game after going to a 3-1 count on Alex Rios. Octavio Dotel came on – and finished the walk with his first pitch. Alexi Ramirez doubled home two runs to make it 10-8…and then Dayan Viciedo – who had 5 RBIs in the two games – lifted a long fly ball to right field that Brennan Boesch caught a step away from the wall for the final out.
The win gave the Tigers a split of their two games in Chicago, and a 4-5 record on their road trip. The Tigers now go home for five games with Minnesota and Pittsburgh.
Listen below to Ryan Raburn’s 3-run HR
Listen below to Austin Jackson’s 3-run HR
Listen below to Brennan Boesch glove the final out against the fence
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