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Tigers 4, Blue Jays 3: Nicholas Castellanos walk-off home run gives Tigers first home win since June 29

Tyler Alexander spun seven spectacular innings in the home win.

Toronto Blue Jays v Detroit Tigers Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images

Nicholas Castellanos hit a walk-off solo home run, the first of his career, to deliver the Detroit Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park on Sunday afternoon. The victory, just Detroit’s 30th of the season and third of the month of July, was their first at home since a June 29 triumph over the Washington Nationals.

The Blue Jays got to Tigers starter Tyler Alexander early. Freddy Galvis hit a one-out single in the top of the first, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. scored him with an RBI double to left. Gurriel advanced to third on the throw, giving his club a chance at a second early run.

Alexander was able to escape the jam without any further damage, however, and settled in for a rather comfortable afternoon in his first career start at home. He limited the Jays to just one more hit over the next 6 23 innings, and just one walk. After Eric Sogard singled to lead off the third, Alexander retired the final 14 Blue Jays hitters he faced.

Meanwhile, the Tigers offense was busy chipping away at Blue Jays righthander Jacob Waguespack, who was also making his second career start. They loaded the bases with zero outs in the second, and nearly came up empty when Bobby Wilson hit a sharp grounder to third for a potential 5-4-3 triple play. Wilson beat the throw to first, however, and Brandon Dixon scored to tie the game at one run apiece.

The Tigers added a run in the third, and were a bit disappointed to not come away with more. JaCoby Jones singled to lead off the inning, and Castellanos hit a ground rule double to the deepest part of left-center, putting runners on second and third with one out. Jeimer Candelario scored Jones on a groundout, giving the Tigers the lead, but Castellanos was stranded to end the inning. JaCoby Jones added an insurance run in the top of the fifth with a solo shot, his 10th of the year.

The Tigers would need that third run, unfortunately. After Joe Jimenez turned in a strong inning of work out of the bullpen in the eighth to keep the score at 3-1, Shane Greene came on for his first save opportunity since Alexander’s last major league start on July 3. Once again, Greene let Alexander and the Tigers down. He committed an error that allowed Sogard to reach base with no one out, and then gave up a two-run homer to Gurriel Jr., tying the score at 3.

Detroit looked to be in further trouble when Nick Ramirez surrendered a leadoff double in the top of the 10th. That threat was quickly erased, however, when Teoscar Hernandez strayed too far from second base on a pop-up to shallow left field, and was eventually doubled off.

That TOOTBLAN set everything up for Castellanos’ home run on the first pitch of the bottom half of the 10th.