The Tigers last night rallied against this season’s most dominant closer in the majors, scoring four times in the eighth inning at Cincinnati for a 7-to-6 win over the Reds in the rubber match of the three-game series.
The improbable Detroit comeback was staged against Aroldis Chapman, who’s been virtually unhittable this year with one of his fastballs being clocked at 106 mph. Chapman relieved with two on in the eighth and gave up a single to pinch hitter Brennan Boesch, who wasn’t in the starting lineup because of a sprained ankle. Chapman then hit Matt Young, forcing in a run. Austin Jackson, who earlier had a solo homer, smacked a two-run double to tie the game at 6-all.
Tiger’s starter Drew Smyly left after three innings with a blister on his left hand. Bryan Villarreal got the win. Jose Valverde earned his 12th save. The Tigers take the day off today before continuing Interleague play tomorrow night, opening a 3-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
The Central Division leading White Sox lost at Houston 11-to-9, leaving Chicago a half-game up on second place Cleveland and 5 games up on the Tigers. The Cubs won 8-to-2 at Minnesota for just their fifth victory in their last 25 games.