DETROIT (WKZO)- The Tigers couldn't do anything at the plate all night only managing three hits up to the eighth. Then the ninth inning magic happened and the Tigers were able to storm back to beat the White Sox in 12 innings 7-6.
The Tigers had a couple of scoring oppurtunities early in the game, but could not get on the board. Victor Martinez hit a double in the seond inning and was able to reach third on a wild pitch, but he could not score.
The White Sox struck first in the top of the seventh as Jeff Keppinger doubled to center bringing in Avisail Garcia. Then Gordon Beckham brought Keppinger in with a single to give the White Sox a 2-0 lead. Those were the only runs Rick Porcello gave up as he went 6 2/3 innings giving up two runs on six hits while striking out nine. Porcello got the no decison.
The White sox then piled on a run in the eighth and then three more in the ninth to give the White Sox a 6-0 lead. That is when the Tigers magic came alive. It all started with Torii Hunter triple. Then Miguel Cabrera brought in Hunter with a single to make it 6-1. Prince Fielder then hit a single to put two on with no one out. Martinez hit a double to right to bring home Cabrera and cut the score to 6-2. Andy Dirks came in to pinch hit and took the first pitch he saw from Nate Jones out of the park to right to make the game 6-5.
The White Sox then brought in their closer Addison Reed to finish the game, but that didn't happen. He walked Omar Infante. Then Ramon Santiago sacrificed him to second base. Reed then walked Alex Avila and Austin Jackson to load the bases. Hunter made it to the plate again and brought in Infante with a sacrifice fly to bring the Tigers all the way back at 6-6.
The White Sox never really threatened again. The Tigers then came up in the 12th. Don Kelly started the inning with a walk and made it to second on a Fielder ground out. Martinez was intentionally walked and then Andy Dirks drew a walk as well. Infante drove in Kelly on an infield single and the Tigers defeated the White Sox 7-6.
The Tigers magic number is now down to 2 games to clinch the AL Central. The Tigers drew seven walks in innings 9 through 12. Al Alburquerque (4-3) gets the win and Jake Petricka (1-1) takes the loss.
The Tigers look for another win over the White Sox tomorrow in their final home game of the regular season. The Tigers send Anibal Sanchez to the mound (14-7 2.50 ERA) and the White Sox counter with Erik Johnson (1-2 2.87 ERA). Broadcast time tomorrow is at 12:40 pm on AM 590 WKZO.