For the reeling Tigers, things weren’t looking so good through 6.5 innings Monday night.
Just across the Midwest, the Indians were beating the Twins. And in the 5th back at Comerica, Devil Ray B.J. Upton hit a 3-run home run to put Tampa Bay 4-2.
That was, until, unlikely hero and crumbling by the minute 1st baseman Sean Casey got things going with a solo shot.
Casey’s dinger was followed by a Magglio Ordonez single and a Carlos Guillen triple, and when the inning was over, the Tigers added 4 runs on the board. With Todd Jones in the pen, that’s all you need.
Devil Rays 4, Tigers 6: Ordonez, Guillen and Omar Infante all went 3-for-4 for Detroit. Justin Verlander went 6 innings and gave up 4 earned runs, getting himself a shiny no decision. The Tigers are still a half-game back of the Indians, but lead the Wild Card race.
Red Sox 2, Angels 4: Curt Schilling limped off the DL and back to the mound, every limb bleeding, and went 6 innings more than his body was capable of. Unfortunately, Maicer Izturis hit the eventual game-winning home run in the 7th, giving Schill the loss. Haha. Sorry, we just hate him.
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 4: The Yankees are coming! The Yankees are coming! We’re still holding onto our belief that N.Y. is going to catch Boston. Robinson Cano put the Yanks up for good with a 2-run double, topping off a 4-run 6th inning. The lead in the East is 6.
Nationals 2, Giants 3 (F/11): You’ll never guess what happened by the Bay. What’s that? Well, yea, actually that is what happened. Barry Bonds didn’t do anything, going 0-for-3. Hilariously, Bonds’ daughter had “Pitch to Dad” written on her face. Unfortunately, that’s not the problem dear. And I guess the Giants won.
Indians 4, Twins 0
Athletics 9, Rangers 7 (F/13)
Padres 5, Cardinals 10
Cubs 1, Astros 2 (F/10)
Brewers 2, Rockies 6