Miguel Cabrera lashed a two run double into the gap in right center field in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Tigers a 7-6 Tiger victory over the Rockies tonight. Cabrera's winning hit was preceded by a lead off single by Placido Polanco and a one out walk to Ryan Raburn all against Rockies closer Brian Fuentes. It was the Tigers third walk off win in four games.
The elation of the bottom of the ninth followed the agony of Todd Jones' first blown save of the year in the top of the inning. The Tigers led 5-2 after eight innings but Jones allowed four runs on five hits and a walk in the ninth to lose the lead. The roller coaster finally crashed. Fortunately, Cabrera was there to pick up the pieces.
Raburn produced most of the early offense with a grand slam in the fourth which put the Tigers in front 5-0. Ryan entered the game in the top of the third inning when Magglio Ordonez left the game with spasms in his right oblique. There is no word on how much additional time Ordonez will miss, if any
Justin Verlander allowed only two runs in 5 2/3 innings but was not very efficient. He had trouble with his control and ended up throwing 118 pitches before yielding to Zach Miner. He walked four and allowed five hits.
Curtis Granderson finally saw his hitting streak end at 15 games as he went zero for three. Granderson batted ninth tonight with the left-handed Jeff Francis on the mound for the Rockies. The lead off hitter was Edgar Renteria and he had three hits.
The win evened the Tigers record at 40-40, the first time all year they have been at .500.