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Tigers grab 21st victory with walk-off walk

May 16, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

The Tigers rallied from a 6-1 fifth-inning deficit on Saturday night to capture a 7-6 extra-innings victory from the Red Sox.  It was all capped off by fill-in second baseman Ramon Santiago, who drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 12th inning off Boston reliever Ramon Ramirez.  In all the excitement, Santiago almost forgot to trot down the line and touch first base:

“In all of my career, I’ve never been a part of anything like that, but
the guys were all telling me to go,” Santiago said. “It’s one of those
things you learn, I guess.”

The Red Sox threatened with runners in scoring position in both the 10th and 11th innings, but Detroit setup man Joel Zumaya powered his way through both jams.  Magglio Ordonez opened the 12th frame with a single, Brennan Boesch added a single in the next at-bat, and, two batters later, Brandon Inge drew a walk to bring Santiago to the plate.

Boston is now 19-18 on the season, 6.5 games back of the Rays in the American League East.  The Tigers are 21-16 and are keeping pace with the Twins in the American League Central.

  1. YankeesfanLen - May 16, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    This really isn’t same-old-Tigers this year in that they’ve been performing in the late innings. It’s been a few years since you wouldn’t give up on them if they were two runs behind in the sixth.
    AJax and of course Damon are doing well overall, now if the rotation would settle down and Dontrelle would get rid of that ever-recurring “fever”…..

  2. dp - May 16, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    That so-called run prevention theme really worked . Maybe if they put Poopie (Ortiz) at first base the run prevention will be in high gear .Fourth place is a real possibility . Good Luck Sux .

  3. Sarl - May 16, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    I am very happy to see AJax doing so well with the Tigers. I was very distraught when the Yanks traded him. I saw him in about 70 gmes between Trenton and SWB and I have always thought that he would be an outstanding MLB. He reminds me so much of Jeter in his make-up,i.e., humbleness, approachability, student of the game and most of all, his attitude. Granted he strikes out a lot but his defense is sensational and his batting average so much is more than the Tigers could have expected. I really thought that he would be the next great Yankee centerfielder. He is a 5 tool player. Good luck AJax–except against the Yankees.

  4. jackie boy - May 16, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Tigers rally from a 6-1 deficit to beat Boston . That’s the Red Sux we all know and love. Keep it up , fourth place is yours for the taking .

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