Tigers deck Cards with walkoff wild pitch
By DAVE HOGG
DETROIT — Victor Reyes scored on a game-ending wild pitch with one out in the ninth inning, and the Detroit Tigers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 Saturday night.
The Cardinals, who entered with a one-game lead for the second National League wild card, have lost five of seven. The Tigers have won four straight.
The Tigers led 3-1 with two outs in the top of the ninth, but Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run homer off Shane Greene (4-6) to tie the game. It was Ozuna’s 18th homer and third in two days.
Reyes led off the bottom half and reached second on first baseman Matt Carpenter’s fielding error. Bud Norris (3-5) walked Jeimer Candelario, and both runners moved up on Jim Adduci’s sacrifice bunt.
The Cardinals intentionally walked Nicholas Castellanos to load the bases with one out, but Norris bounced the next pitch and Reyes scored easily.
Ozuna’s homer took a win away from Tigers starter Matthew Boyd, who struck out 11 while allowing one run and two hits in seven-plus innings.
Boyd gave up only one hit over the first seven innings — a second-inning double by Yairo Munoz — but Paul DeJong led off the eighth with his 17th homer, cutting Detroit’s lead to 3-1.
Boyd then walked Munoz, his first walk of the game, and Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire brought in Alex Wilson. He and Daniel Stumpf finished the eighth, but Greene allowed an infield single to Carpenter before Ozuna’s two-out homer.