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Tigers 3, Blue Jays 2 (10): Ian Kinsler leads offense to extra innings walkoff win

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Sanchez was dealing for the Blue Jays but the Tigers' offense just wouldn't die.

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DETROIT -- Aaron Sanchez overpowered the Detroit Tigers' offense for eight innings, but a ninth-inning rally sent the game to extra innings. The offense wasted no time in the 10th, loading the bases for Ian Kinsler, who hit a walkoff single to give the Tigers the 3-2 win, and a five-game winning streak.

It didn't matter who the Tigers sent to the plate against Aaron Sanchez on Tuesday night. At least, not for eight innings. He made the Tigers offense look silly throughout the game, to include two strikeouts of Miguel Cabrera and a three-strikeout game versus Victor Martinez. Only Justin Upton managed a hit against Sanchez, a double in the third and it went nowhere fast.

Matt Boyd gave up only a solo home run in the fifth and just three hits total, and it was almost enough for the Blue Jays. With the additional run they scraped out in the seventh on a forceout, Detroit had little chance at a win with the way the offense was being shut down. They've been red-hot for the last several games, but Sanchez was just that dominant.

It wasn't even that Shane Greene, who came on in relief of Boyd in the sixth and gave up the second run, fell apart. That being said, Greene was shaky enough that he also walked a batter before striking out Russell Martin to end the frame. Heading into the bottom of the ninth with Sanchez at just 93 pitches, the game looked to be in the books for the Blue Jays, but the offense had other ideas.

Detroit scored two in the ninth on Jose Iglesias, Ian Kinsler, and Miguel Cabrera's hits, the latter driving in the tying run to send it to extras. But the fun wouldn't end there. The Tigers loaded the bases in the 10th, and after a 15-second reviewed bunt by Iglesias, Kinsler knocked in the game winner.

ROARS:

Ian Kinsler: Had just the walk in the sixth but he knocked in the RBI double in the ninth, scored the tying run, and hit the game-winning single in the 10th.

Ninth and 10th innings: Jose Iglesias got the party started, but Ian Kinsler drove in the first run on a double. Miguel Cabrera then smoked an RBI double to right-center after getting buzzed by Roberto Osuna at face level. Then, in the 10th, Upton singled to start the frame, Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked, Iglesias bunted and wacky things happened (he was safe because the Blue Jays didn't perform basic baseball fielding), and Kinsler finished it off with a bases-loaded walkoff single. The end.

Justin Upton: Broke up Aaron Sanchez's no-hitter with a leadoff double in the third. He later singled in the 10th.

Matt Boyd: He limited the damage to just one run (a homer) on three hits. He did walk five, but with those inconsistencies, it could've been a lot worse.

HISSES:

Tigers offense: Had just one hit and a walk against Sanchez. An Upton double in the third and a walk by Ian Kinsler in the sixth. NVM

STREAKS AND STATS:

  • Victor Martinez struck out three times against Aaron Sanchez on Tuesday night, marking the eighth three-strikeout game of his career. His last was on May 13, 2015 vs. the Twins in a 6-2 loss.
  • The Tigers have been struck out 12 times tonight, their eighth game this year in which 12-or-more batters went down swinging. The last was on June 2 vs. NYY (13 struck out).
  • Ian Kinsler's walkoff single marked the eighth walkoff hit of his career. His last was on Sept. 19, 2015 against the Royals.

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Source: FanGraphs