MLB - Detroit 14, Los Angeles 5
DETROIT (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - A grim night apparently had just gotten grimmer. Justin Verlander had given up five runs in the first, and that five-run deficit was still in place when Torii Hunter -- with the Tigers desperately in need of baserunners -- daringly tried for a double leading off the second and was called out on the latest laser throw from the arm of right fielder Yasiel Puig.
But wait. The Tigers challenged the call, and Hunter was declared safe.
In this first year of replay, perhaps no replay reversal involving the Tigers has marked such a Continental Divide in the game. Where it had been all Dodgers before Hunter was ruled safe, it suddenly became all Tigers on an indefinite boomerang.
The Tigers went on to win, 14-5. In a two-run seventh, in a show-stopper, Miguel Cabrera tripled in a run. His drive to distant right-center was his first three-bagger of the season and third in the last six years.
The Tigers scored five runs in the second to tie the score. They scored two in the third as they knocked out starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, four in the fourth and one in the fifth. They had 16 hits over those four innings, although none were homers.
And all that time the Tigers piled up those runs, Verlander blanked the Dodgers without allowing a hit. He gave up Juan Uribe's two-out, two-run homer on an 0-2 pitch to cap the five-run first, and he didn't give up another hit until Matt Kemp singled with one out in the sixth. In between those two hits allowed by Verlander, the Tigers scored a dozen runs.
The Tigers eruption came from the bottom up. The first three times through the order, the bottom four hitters never made an out. Those four hitters -- Nick Castellanos, Alex Avila, Eugenio Suarez and Rajai Davis -- went a combined 8-for-8 with two walks, a sacrifice fly and a sacrifice bunt.
Hunter's safe-on-appeal double began a streak in which the first five hitters of the inning got hits. In the fourth, the first six Tigers reached on four walks and two hits.
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