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Tigers Take 2-0 Series Lead

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Don Kelly
Don Kelly

Detroit, MI – The Tigers took control of their American League Divisional Series beating Oakland 5-4 on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.  They now lead the best of five series 2-0.  The winning run scored in the bottom of the ninth when Don Kelly hit a bases loaded walk off sacrifice fly to score Omar Infante.

The game had crazy twists in the late innings.  Trailing 2-1 the Tigers scored two runs when Oakland centerfielder Coco Crisp dropped a fly ball off the bat of Miguel Cabrera.  The score would not hold up for long as the A’s scored two runs in the top of the eighth to retake the lead.  Yoenis Cespedes scored the tying run on a Joaquin Benoit wild pitch and that was followed up by a Josh Reddick homerun on the very next pitch.  Detroit retied the game in the bottom of the eighth when Kelly, serving as a pinch runner, scored on a wild pitch. 

After holding Oakland scoreless in the top of the ninth the Tigers went to work in the bottom half.  Infante had a one out single, which was followed up by a Cabrera single.  After an intentional walk to Prince Fielder, Kelly came up and hit a fly ball into right center to score Infante easily and give the Tigers the win.

Cabrera bounced back after being held hitless in game one to go 3-5.  Infante and Jhonny Peralta both added two hits.  Doug Fister gave the Tigers another great start surrendering only two runs on six hits in seven innings while striking out eight.

The series now shifts to Oakland for the final three games with game three on Tuesday night at 9:00.  Anibal Sanchez will make the start for the Tigers.

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