Detroit Tigers Edge the Cardinals in Extras, 4-3


The Detroit Tigers weathered a one hour and twenty minute rain delay and three Cardinals home runs to defeat St. Louis in 10 innings, 4-3.

Miguel Cabrera wasted no time in hitting the 400th home run of his career. He took Cardinals’ starting pitcher Tyler Lyons deep over the center field wall in the first inning to pass Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline on the all-time home run list.

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David Price struggled after re-taking the mound following the rain delay. He showed good velocity but needed 47 pitches to get through the first two innings before settling in.

The Cardinals tied the game in the bottom of the first when Matt Carpenter launched a changeup over the right field wall. In the second, Pete Bourjos struck for his first home fun of the season to put the Cardinals ahead 2-1.

The Tigers retook the lead in their half of the third. Rajai Davis tripled followed by an Ian Kinsler double to tie the game at two. After a Cabrera ground out and J. D. Martinez walk, Yoenis Cespedes singled to left field to cash in Kinsler and give the Tigers a 3-2 lead.

Price retired 11 hitter in a row heading into the sixth inning when Jhonny Peralta crushed the Cardinals’ third home run of the game to tie the score at 3.

The Tigers caught a break in the St. Louis half of the seventh. With one out Jason Heyward doubled to left field. Randal Grichuk followed with another double to left but Heyward failed to score, stopping at third. Carpenter struck out swinging then Angel Nesbitt came in to get Matt Holiday to pop out and end the threat.

The game stayed tied until the 10th inning. J. D. Martinez led off against reliever Matt Belisle with a walk. Cespedes followed with a single, sending Martinez to second. After outs by Nick Castellanos and James McCann, Jose Iglesias singled to right, scoring Martinez for a 4-3 lead.

Joakim Soria came out for the Cardinals half of the tenth and immediately surrendered a single to Holliday who was erased by Davis when he tried to stretch it to a double. Matt Adams followed with a single but Soria got Mark Reynolds and Yadier Molina on strikes to register his twelfth save of the season.

The Tigers go for the series sweep on Sunday evening when Alfredo Simon goes for his fifth win of the season against Lance Lynn.