The Tigers were trailing the Indians heading into the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday night at Detroit’s Comerica Park and a loss would have put them back behind the Royals — who defeated the Red Sox on Saturday — in the American League Central standings. That’s when Alex Avila came through with probably his biggest hit of what has been a tough 2014, slugging a go-ahead two-run homer off Cleveland’s Bryan Shaw to give the Tigers the lead.
Torii Hunter saved multiple runs from scoring in the top of the eighth with a two-out diving catch on a looping ball from Yan Gomes. There were baserunners on second and third, and had that ball dropped Aviles’ blast would not have been enough.
The Tigers will be looking to protect their half-game division lead in Sunday’s series finale.
It’ll be Justin Verlander taking on Trevor Bauer.
Your recaps and box scores from Saturday …
Twins 1, White Sox 5 (Game 1)
Twins 6, White Sox 7 (Game 2)
Athletics 3, Mariners 2 (10 innings)