Journeyman Brandon Dixon clobbers 10th-inning walk-off homer in Detroit Tigers’ win over Kansas City
By DAVE HOGG
DETROIT — After being humiliated by the Kansas City Royals a day earlier, the Detroit Tigers were focused on redemption Sunday.
It came via one of the lesser-known members of the roster.
Journeyman Brandon Dixon, only in the majors due to a series of injuries, hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning to lift the Tigers over the Royals 5-2.
“That’s an unreal feeling,” Dixon said after his first career walkoff homer. “After yesterday, it felt so good to come around third and see the whole team waiting for me at the plate.”
The victory came less than 24 hours after the Tigers allowed 15 runs on 19 hits and 10 walks in a 15-3 loss.
Nicholas Castellanos started Sunday’s 10th with an infield single off Ian Kennedy (0-1), and after Miguel Cabrera popped out, Niko Goodrum reached on another infield hit.
Ronny Rodriguez struck out, but Dixon hit a 1-2 curveball over the fence in right-center field.
“Kennedy was throwing fastballs on the corner, so I was really trying to protect the outside corner,” Dixon said. “But that curveball popped out of his hand, and I was able to get a good read on it.”