Detroit Tigers force extra innings only to lose in 11th inning to Miami Marlins, 5-4
A replay review offered the Miami outfielder a reprieve.
“I just say to (teammate Rosell) Herrera: ‘I know I got it, so I know they’re going to call out,'” Ramirez said.
Ramirez initially appeared to drop a fly ball in the bottom of the ninth, but the call was overturned after a review, and although Detroit tied the game that inning, the Marlins went on to beat the Tigers 5-4 in 11 innings. Chad Wallach hit a tiebreaking double in the 11th, lifting Miami to its fourth straight victory.
Detroit forced extra innings by scoring two unearned runs off Miami closer Sergio Romo. The bottom of the ninth included an error, two replay reversals and the ejection of Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire.
That was the only success Detroit had against the Miami bullpen, though. Nick Anderson (1-1) struck out the side in the 10th, then closed the Tigers out in the 11th for his first career win.
Wallach put the Marlins ahead in the 11th with a two-out drive to left-center field off Joe Jimenez (2-2). The Tigers have dropped seven in a row, although their game Sunday against Oakland was suspended in the seventh inning.
Detroit was down 4-2 and hadn’t managed a baserunner since the fourth inning when Niko Goodrum hit an infield single to start the bottom of the ninth.
He was initially called out, but replays showed Romo may not have touched first while trying to cover the bag. Goodrum was ruled safe after a review, and when Nicholas Castellanos hit a one-out grounder to third, Goodrum was safe again when second baseman Starlin Castro dropped the throw to second for an error.
Miguel Cabrera hit an RBI single off diving third baseman Brian Anderson and into left, leaving men on first and third. Then Ronny Rodriguez lifted a fly ball to deep left field. Ramirez appeared to drop it, and a run came home, tying the game at 4 — but replays showed Ramirez had the ball briefly in his glove before losing control as he tried to transfer it to his throwing hand.
The call was overturned and the batter was ruled out — although the run still counted. Gardenhire came out to argue with third base umpire Fieldin Culbreth, and although Culbreth didn’t make a demonstrative ejection motion, Gardenhire disappeared from view in the dugout, and the Tigers eventually confirmed he’d been tossed.