Cleveland, OH (WKZO) – Prince Fielder’s two-run double in the 14th inning was the difference as the Tigers are now on an 11-game winning streak after Wednesday’s 6-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Jeremy Bonderman picked up his first win in his first appearance back with the Tigers after being called up from Triple-A Toledo on Sunday. Bonderman pitched three scoreless innings, striking out three and allowing just one hit. Joaquin Benoit converted his 14th save in as many opportunities but kept it interesting in the 14th after allowing a run and two doubles and after a wild pitch moved the game tying run to third before striking out Drew Stubbs to end the game.
Doug Fister was excellent for Detroit but failed to pick up his fifth win in a row, but allowed just the two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight over six innings of work. Fister left in the game in style, striking out the last three batters he faced.
Austin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera each hit home runs for the Tigers. Jackson’s came in the sixth with the Tigers trailing 2-1, which tied the game at two. Then with the Tigers down 3-2 in the eighth and a runner on Cabrera blasted the first pitch he saw from Indians starter Danny Salazar to deep right center field putting the Tigers in the lead 4-3.
However, the Indians scored a run in the eighth to force extra innings.
Despite allowing the home run to Cabrera, Salazar was impressive against the Tigers striking out nine over seven plus innings and even struck out Cabrera three times.
Bruce Rondon struck out two and set down all six Indians he faced during the eighth and ninth innings and Jose Veras had a scoreless 10th inning for the Tigers, who now lead the AL Central by six games over the Indians.
This was the third time this year the Tigers have won in 14 innings.
Tigers will look for the four game series sweep on Thursday night. Max Scherzer (16-1, 2.85 ERA) gets the nod against Zach McAllister (4-6, 3.47). First pitch is set for 7:05 with coverage beginning on 590 WKZO at 6:40.