The Detroit Tigers defeated the Miami Marlins 7-5 in the first game of their two-game set behind a 7-run 6th inning. Adam Conley dominated the Tigers through 4 innings, recording 9 strikeouts until the wheels came off and he allowed 5 runs in 5 batters
The Marlins got on the board first in this one in the top of the second. Michael Ozuna led off the inning with a single. Giancarlo Stanton then hit a home run to center field to give the Marlins the 2-0 lead.
The lead could have spiked in the second, but Pelfrey eluded a bases-loaded, none out jam to keep the deficit at 2-0.
The Marlins then added to their lead in the top of the fifth. Christian Yelich fought off an inside pitch down the left-field line for a double, while an error by Justin Upton put Yelich on third. Stanton then hit a ball through Ian Kinsler who was brought in to try to get the runner at home to give the Marlins the 3-0 lead. Stanton advanced to second on the play because of an error from Mike Aviles, but Pelfrey escaped once again.
The Tigers were overpowered by Conley until the bottom of the 5th inning, when they overpowered him. Mike Aviles walked with one out before Jose Iglesias unloaded a no-doubter over the bullpen to cut the Marlins lead to 3-2. Ian Kinsler doubled and Cameron Maybin walked to put two on for a 3-run home run for Miguel Cabrera to give the Tigers the 5-3 lead.
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The Cabrera home run ended Conley’s night for Nick Wittgren. Victor Martinez greeted him with a single over the shift. Nick Castellanos then hit the third Tigers’ home run of the inning to give the Tigers the 7-3 lead.
The Marlins cut into the Tigers’ lead in the 6th. Adeiny Hechavarria and Ichiro Suzuki singled to right field to end Pelfrey’s night. Bruce Rondon was then greeted by a Yelich single to bring home Hechavarria and cut the Tigers ‘ lead to 7-4.
The Marlins cut into the lead again in the 8th. Hechavarria and Ichiro singled once again to lead off the inning. Martin Prado then hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Hechavarria who advanced to third on the Ichiro single and cut the lead to 7-5.