LOS ANGELES (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Victor Martinez hit a leadoff home run in the 10th inning, his second clutch hit against Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen in two games, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Dodgers, 7-6, Wednesday night after Joe Nathan blew a three-run lead in the ninth.
Martinez drove a 2-2 pitch deep into the pavilion seats in right-center to make an unlikely winner of Nathan (2-0). One night earlier, Martinez tied the score with a two-out single in the ninth before the Dodgers pulled out a 3-2 victory in 10.
Joba Chamberlain gave up a single to Hanley Ramirez to open the 10th. But left-hander Ian Krol struck out Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier, and Al Albuquerque retired Matt Kemp on a grounder to get his first major league save.The Tigers (4-2) couldn't get anything going against Dan Haren on Tuesday, losing 3-2 in 10 innings.
The game also including the first major league home run for Nick Castellanos, who hammered a pitch in the third on top of and then over the wall in center for a three-run shot.
Anibal Sanchez pitched five innings and allowed three runs (just one earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out six.
Drew Smyly, not scheduled to start until sometime next week, pitched three innings of relief, giving up just one hit and striking out three.
Martinez got the scoring started with a sacrifice fly to score Ian Kinsler, who had two hits in the game.
Martinez, who started the game behind the plate, had three hits and a walk.