Tigers win on J.D. Martinez' walk-off sac fly

DETROIT (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - The Detroit Tigers had a rough day today with runners in scoring position. But Minnesota's Oswaldo Arcia had a rougher day in right field.

Arcia dropped Victor Martinez's fly to the track with one out in the ninth, sending Torii Hunter to third. The next batter, J.D. Martinez, hit the sacrifice fly to center that gave the Tigers a 4-3 win. Hunter had singled off former Tiger Casey Fien (3-3) to open the ninth.

The Tigers got their first run with two out in the first when Arcia couldn't find Martinez's high fly to right. It fell untouched for an RBI double.

Joe Nathan (3-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. He stranded runners at first and second when he got Brian Dozier to line softly to second.

The Tigers went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Austin Jackson three times made the inning-ending out with a runner in scoring position. He dropped to 5-for-46 this season with runners in scoring position.

Rick Porcello took a 2-0 lead to the sixth. Then Minnesota got three two-out RBI hits to take a 3-2 lead. On the last of them, a single to left by Kurt Suzuki, J.D. Martinez got his one-hop throw to the plate well ahead of runner Kendrys Morales, but catcher Alex Avila couldn't come up with the ball and Morales scored.

The Tigers tied the score in the bottom of the inning on Nick Castellanos' booming double to the left-center fence off starter Ricky Nolasco.

A wild-pitch third strike with two out, followed by a walk, gave the Twins a chance in the eighth against Joba Chamberlain. Suzuki sent a fly ball toward the right-field corner. Hunter made a running catch to keep the game tied.

Contact John Lowe: jlowe@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @freeptigers.


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