street. Louis – The Tigers continued to find winning magic on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers overcame a pair of multi-punching deficits, put up several hitting and defensive performances and got a negative effort from a shortened bullpen. He added up to a 6–5 in 10 innings victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium to extend Detroit’s winning streak to five games.
Aqil Badu’s ground-rule double broke the tie 5-all in the tenth inning and Spencer Turkelson came up with a bold defensive play in the bottom of the frame as he hit a hard shot off Alec Burleson’s batter to start the inning and threw third to get the lead runner.
Jose Cisnero grabbed the last two games to seal the win.
“We talked about the character’s wins before the game, and we’re talking about it now,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. “I mean, pretty much across the board, we had to fight back, check in with a couple of big base hits, play some good defense, use a lot of pitchers mix and match to finish and then have a tough game at the end with [Nolan] Gorman and Cis go in and do the job. So, a really fun win.”
This was the Tigers’ second straight win over the Cardinals.
Riley Greene gave the Tigers a spark by hitting the wall to steal Andrew Kneisner’s extra base hit in the fourth inning and capping off a three-run rally in the top of the fifth with an RBI single to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
Eric Haase scored on Baddoo to start the rally, and Haase came up to score on a sacrifice fly off batter of Zack McKinstry, who jumped to a shallow right, but Haase tagged Baddoo when Cardinals second baseman Brendan Donovan collided with right fielder Lars Nutbar while making the catch.
The Tigers had to pull away again after trailing 5-3. Torkelson had a pair of RBI singles to draw Detroit again. She hit him in the sixth scored Nick Mattoon, and hit him two runs in Greene’s seventh.
“We never really get out of it,” Torkelson said. “We feel that way, really strongly. We believe in each other and we just believe in passing the stick, having good bats, grinding the bowler, and making them pay for mistakes.”
The Tigers had runners on second and third with no outs in the top of the ninth, but the inning ended on a shallow Jonathan Scoop fly to right that turned into a double play when Nootbaar made a perfect throw to knock Andy Ibanez home.
But the Tigers bullpen got around a hit and walk in the bottom of the ninth to extend the game. Four relievers combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings pitched.
“We had a lot of guys, and the guys we had were newborns,” Hinch said. “So, it was good to have you [Tyler] Holton, we had it [Tyler] Alexander in the end, cis back to back, [Will] The jacket was completely ready to go which was nice and [Chasen] Shreve hasn’t been pitched in five or six days. So, we were comfortable and we’re going to rely on every single person we have there in different ways.”
Spencer Turnbull converted in another walk with mixed results, allowing five runs in 4 1/2 innings pitched. The right-hander allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked one.
The good thing was Turnbull’s ability to settle in after a rocky start. He retired 11 of his 12 batters at one point from the second inning to the fifth inning and was named National League Player of the Year Paul Goldschmidt three times.
The bad came across the long ball as the Cardinals scored all of their runs on two turnovers to bat. Dylan Carlson’s homer in the second put the Tigers in an early hole, and Nolan Arenado fielded a Rocket in the fifth that fell to Big Macland and scored on a double.
“I’ve managed to make a very good adjustment in the last three [innings]And then one Nolan throw. There was only heartbreaking for a second,” Turnbull said. “But [the] The boys are back. We managed to get a win so that’s all that matters.”
Arenado’s outburst, which came after the Tigers once again held the game even at 3-all, ended Turnbull’s day.
However, the Tigers were not deterred.
“We have 12 people left,” Torkelson said. “You give us that many runs and twice, and we have a really strong feeling that we can pull it off.”
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