DETROIT (Michigan News Source) – It took 10 innings and a Javier Baez double with the bases loaded for the Detroit Tigers to win their 21st game of the year taking an 8-5 victory in Kansas City. With one out and the bases loaded, Baez took a first-pitch swing sending the ball to left field clearing the bases for the three-run lead. Jose Cisnero earned the save as Detroit has now won four of their last seven games.
Baez said after the game, “It’s the best feeling in the world,” talking about having a big hit like that. “I’m just happy that I got good contact.”
He finished the game going 3-of-6 with three RBI and one run scored. Matt Vierling also had three hits in four at-bats with four RBI and a home run.
Alex Lange pitched the eighth and ninth inning for the win recording two strikeouts while walking just one batter. Cisnero came in the bottom of the 10th inning recording two strikeouts after a walk and finished with a fly out to end the game.
Manager A.J. Hinch said, “I think Lange was excellent tonight. We talk to him over and over about the back end of the game. He can’t just wait on the last three outs and a clean inning all the time. These were clean innings, but he’s going to need to be ready in the eighth. Tonight we needed him to pitch in a different part of the game.”
Detroit started with a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning. Akil Baddoo walked with the bases loaded for the first run of the game. Vierling followed with a single to left field as both Spencer Torkelson and Baddoo came in for the 3-0 lead. Kansas City answered, though, with three of their own runs in the bottom of the inning tying the game at three.
Vierling had a two-run home run in the third inning to go up, 5-3, but KC tied it at five in the fifth inning. Four straight scoreless innings took place before the three-run 10th by the Tigers for the win.
Michael Lorenzen started the game going 5.2 innings with five strikeouts and five earned runs in the no decisions. After Lorenzen left in the sixth inning, the next four Detroit pitchers didn’t allow any hits or runs.
The two teams will play at 7:40 p.m. on Tuesday night in Kansas City.