Detroit Tigers Score Late To Win 3rd Straight
Max Scherzer pitched well enough to earn his 10th win of the season. He didn't get it, but the Tigers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 8th to pull out a 4-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in a make-up game from a rainout from back in May. Tiger Manager Jim Leyland had to watch his team win this one on tv, as he was thrown out for arguing with the umpires in the 7th.
Scherzer pitched 7 innings and gave up two runs, but left with the game tied at 2-2. Joaquin Benoit pitched the 8th inning and was given credit with his second win of the season. Closer Jose Valverde pitched the 9th and put the tying runs on base with 1 out, but managed to induce a game ending double play to get his 18th save of the season.
The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the 8th as Magglio Ordonez singled with one out and was replace by Austin Jackson as a pinch-runner. Jackson stole second base and then scored the Tiger's third run when Jhonny Peralta sent a base-hit to right field which got under the glove of Jose Bautista for a triple. Ryan Raburn drove home the 4th run with what looked like an inning-ending double play, but hustled to beat the throw at first allowing Peralta to cross the plate.
The Tigers will resume Interleague play tomorrow when they host the New York Mets in the first of three games at Comerica Park. Rick Porcello will go for his 7th win of the season vs. the Mets' R.A. Dickey. 7:05 pm first pitch.
Detroit is now 43-36 and 7 games above the .500 mark. Pending the outcome of the Cleveland game, the Tigers are in first place by at least one game over the Indians.