The Tigers completed a four-game series sweep at home against the Mariners with a walk-off win thanks to a wild pitch from Steve Cishek.
The two clubs were knotted at four runs apiece entering the bottom of the 10th inning, Cishek’s second inning of work. Cishek issued a one-out walk to Steven Moya, then allowed a single to Victor Martinez. Moya advanced to third base on a throwing error by left fielder Seth Smith. Unsurprisingly, Cishek issued an intentional walk to Jarrod Saltalamacchia to load the bases, setting up a force play and potential double play at any base.
Cishek struck out Andrew Romine, revealing a bit of light at the end of the tunnel, but he’d have to get through Ian Kinsler first. With a 1-0 count, the sidewinding reliever whipped a 93 MPH fastball low and away, which catcher Chris Iannetta couldn’t handle. Camerin Maybin, who pinch-ran for Moya, scampered home to seal the 5-4 win.
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The Tigers were licking their wounds after dropping three of four to the division rival Royals. They’re now 38-35, four games behind the first-place Indians and three games behind the second-place Royals.