Tigers 7, Astros 3: Gamble in 14th doesn't work out for Houston

2013-05-03T00:00:00Z Tigers 7, Astros 3: Gamble in 14th doesn't work out for HoustonThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 03, 2013 12:00 am  • 

HOUSTON - When Detroit's Don Kelly watched Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder take consecutive intentional walks to load the bases in the 14th inning, he wasn't surprised.

He also knew it set up a great chance for him to end this marathon game.

Kelly took advantage of it, singling in the go-ahead run to start a four-run 14th inning, and the Tigers beat the Astros 7-3 Thursday night.

The Tigers tied it in the eighth with help from right-fielder Rick Ankiel's error.

Austin Jackson led off the 14th with a ground-rule double. Jackson advanced to third on a groundout by Torii Hunter before the intentional walks to Cabrera and Fielder to load the bases.

"Those are the opportunities that you want," Kelly said. "If I'm managing in the other dugout, I'm walking Miggy and Prince, too."

"That's a smart move," he added.

It just didn't work out.

Kelly's dribbling grounder to right field scored Jackson and chased Dallas Keuchel (0-1), who came in to start the 10th. Matt Tuiasosopo's two-run double made it 6-3 before Detroit added a run on a sacrifice fly by Jhonny Peralta.

"We got quite a few hits, and we weren't doing much with them for a while, but we finally broke loose and got some big ones," said manager Jim Leyland of his team's 15 hits. "Donnie, that's his third big hit off left-handers recently so that's a good thing to see. We stranded a lot of guys, but we hung in there and got a couple of big ones finally."

Luke Putkonen (1-0), who was called up from Triple-A on Thursday, allowed no hits in the last 2 1/3 innings for the win in a game that took 4 hours 50 minutes.

Leyland raved about his bullpen.

"They did a great job," he said. "Everybody that came out of there did a fantastic job. That's what we had to do because when you're on the road particularly, and you don't get the last at-bat, you've got your back against the wall."

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