Iglesias' single lifts Tigers over Cardinals in 10th
By Jenifer Langosch, David Cobb and Joe Harris
ST. LOUIS -- In a game powered by the long ball early, the Tigers used a two-out bloop single by shortstop Jose Iglesias in the 10th to secure a 4-3 victory over the Cardinals in front of a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium on Saturday. The hit off Cards reliever Matt Belisle ended a string of six scoreless innings from the St. Louis bullpen and followed a leadoff walk to J.D. Martinez and single from Yoenis Cespedes.
"I was having a little bit of trouble with command, but I really love those situations and look forward to them," Belisle said. "But there's no excuse there. You don't walk the leadoff hitter any time, but especially in late innings, and I take that one on the chin."
The two clubs had earlier combined to hit four homers, the first a milestone shot by Miguel Cabrera to center off Cardinals starter Tyler Lyons in the first. The homer, Cabrera's fourth in three games, was the 400th of his career. The Cardinals answered with solo shots from Matt Carpenter, Peter Bourjos and Jhonny Peralta, all coming off Detroit lefty David Price. Peralta's homer tied the game in the sixth.
Price, who had to endure an 80-minute rain delay after throwing his first two pitches, struck out nine over 6 2/3 innings in his first start since May 8. It marked the fourth time in his career that he had been tagged for three home runs in one start. Of the seven hits he allowed, five went for extra bases.
"He was sitting down for an hour after he started, so that's a little bit of a roller coaster," Tigers manager Ausmus said of Price. "Overall, he was outstanding."
Lyons, perhaps making his final appearance as a spot starter for the Cards, was chased after 3 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs on seven hits, striking out five before giving way to Carlos Villanueva, who threw 3 1/3 scoreless frames to lead a strong effort from the bullpen. More >
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Miggy magic: It was another day, another milestone for Cabrera, who hit home run No. 400 in the first inning. But the Tigers slugger also showed some leather to thwart a Cardinals rally in the eighth. Cabrera made a tough catch in foul territory on a popup from Mark Reynolds, and then threw to third to get Pete Kozma -- who was tagging from second -- for the unconventional 3-5 double play.
"I haven't seen him make a throw until today," Kozma said. "Now I know he can make it. He had to make a perfect throw, and he did." More >
Baserunning blunder: The Cardinals squandered an opportunity to go ahead with one out in the seventh when Jason Heyward was unable to score from second on a double by Randal Grichuk. Heyward, who hit a pinch-hit double, hung close to the bag at second and was held at third base after Grichuk's fly ball dropped on the warning track in left-center. Carpenter struck out and Matt Holliday popped up to end the inning.
"Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday coming up with second and third, you like your odds there," Heyward said. "But for me, in my situation, I wish I had been able to read it easier." More >
Redemption song: Iglesias erased a forgettable day at the plate with one swing of the bat. Iglesias' RBI single that scored Martinez in the 10th proved to be the game-winning hit. Up to that point, the Tigers shortstop had gone 0-for-4 and had stranded six runners. More >
Homers wild: Price had retired 11 straight batters, but Peralta ended that streak with a bang. Peralta's solo home run to left tied the game at 3 and gave the Cardinals their third three-homer game of the season. St. Louis hit three home runs in the same game only twice in 2014.
"We're going to have reevaluate. ... He's leaving a lot of balls a little higher in the zone, and we're not seeing some of the sink we've seen in the past. We're seeing balls elevated that are traveling. He's got good stuff. We've seen swing-and-miss breaking balls. We've seen the good fastball at times. When he's down, he's good. He's just got to get locked in now." -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, on whether Lyons will remain in the rotation
"You always want to win the series. I'm not really worried about whether we're in St. Louis or Kansas City or Anaheim. You always want to win the series." -- Ausmus, on becoming the first visiting team to win a series at Busch Stadium this season
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Cabrera became the second player to hit his 400th home run in a Tigers uniform, and he is now tied for fourth on Detroit's all-time home run list with Willie Horton (262). Cabrera is the 53rd player in Major League Baseball to hit 400 homers in his career.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Cardinals pinch-hitter Matt Adams was awarded a one-out single in the 10th after a replay review overturned what had initially been ruled a catch by Tigers left fielder Cespedes. Replay showed that Cespedes had trapped the ball while trying to make a sliding catch.
WHAT'S NEXT Tigers:Alfredo Simon (4-1, 3.05 ERA) takes the mound for the Tigers in the finale of a three-game series against the Cardinals. Simon is 3-0 lifetime against the Cardinals with a 3.29 ERA. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET.
Cardinals:Lance Lynn (2-3, 3.27 ERA) will start for the Cardinals at 7:05 p.m. CT as he looks for his second straight win after throwing six scoreless innings against the Indians on Tuesday. He is 0-1 against the Tigers in his career.