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Adding fuel to the fire and helping his team to a series win in the process, Tigers rookie Quintin Berry knocked a walkoff single up the middle in the 10th inning to give Detroit a 2-1 victory over St. Louis. That gave Detroit a fourth consecutive series victory. You know, this Interleague thing might be fine after all!
Up until the 10th, much of the game had been a low-scoring, pitching-duel sort of affair. Jacob Turner allowed just a run during five innings on mound in his season debut for Detroit. The Tigers bullpen recorded outs against 12 of 13 batters it faced from the sixth through the ninth innings. But the Tigers couldn't capitalize.
It took until the 10th, when Ramon Santiago recorded a one-out single. He moved to second on a Jhonny Peralta single and third when Austin Jackson was hit by the pitch.
Berry, up until his game winner, had been 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. But baseball being baseball, there's often another chance to make everything right. Berry certainly did that.
Making his season debut, Turner looked both good and off at times. While he did allow just four hits, a pair of fifth inning walks and a double led to the end of his day. He finished with five walks (one intentional), but he got the outs when he needed them and was not often pitching under great stress. He also had three strikeouts.
"He's much improved since the last time I saw him," Tigers manager Jim Leyland told reporters after the game.
Prince Fielder had a solo home run for the Tigers in the fourth inning as well as the Tigers' only multi-hit day. Fielder's home run was just the second by a Detroit batter during the team's six-game home stand. The Tigers had eight hits for the game.
Returning from the disabled list, Alex Avila had a hit.
Don Kelly left the game with a knee contusion -- he's day-to-day, naturally.
For the series, Tigers pitchers held the Cardinals to just seven runs. They entered the series tied for the most runs scored in the NL.
Quintin Berry - Started 0-for-4, but game-winner earns a roar.
Tigers bullpen - Octavio Dotel, Phil Coke, Brayan Villarreal and Joaquin Benoit combined for two hits and an intentional walk during five innings.
Prince Fielder - Home run, two hits
Forget those today!
GAME 68 POG
Rick Porcello lost the game, but allowing just 2 runs won him the vote.