Brandon Inge hit a two run walk off homer in the bottom of the tenth inning to win it for the Tigers in what turned out to be a high scoring, 10-8 affair with the Royals. Inge’s homerun was one of four with Craig Monroe, Placido Polanco and Ryan Raburn all going yard as well. It was the first homerun of Raburn’s career and Craig Monroe had a team leading four RBIs.
Justin Verlander looked mortal, and while he left the game in the sixth inning with the lead, it was hardly a fantastic start. Yeah, he struck out seven and walked just two but he gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. Todd Jones gave up two in the ninth to send the game into extra frames and then it was Chad Durbin who threw a shutout tenth and picked up the win.
The Indians lost so it’s back to a two game lead in the Central. The Twins bounced back from their sweep at the hands of the Tigers and they’ve won two straight since to pick up a game while the White Sox appear to be done with them being just a game up on the Royals. This afternoon, it’ll be Nate Robertson going up against Brian Bannister in the rubber game. It’s on FOX 2 so be sure to check over there instead of FSN.