We’re only eight games into the season but the Tigers pulled off yet another spectacular comeback win as they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against the Royals this afternoon. Down 5-0, the Tigers rallied for six runs in the bottom of the seventh as they improved on their already solid record. The big hit was a two run double by Carlos Guillen that pushed across the tying and winning runs. In fact the Tigers had four doubles in the game and all four came in that big seventh inning.
On the pitching side, Dontrelle Willis was shaky. He got out of a bases loaded jam in the first, calmed down a little in the second but then got into trouble in the third where he gave up three runs. He gave up nine hits and three walks in just five innings. Joel Zumaya gave up an unearned run in two innings of relief and he improved to 2-0. Ryan Perry and Jose Valverde then threw shutout innings to close out the game. For Valverde, it was his second save of the season.
Gerald Laird and Scott Sizemore each had two this in the 6-5 win. Austin Jackson doubled, drew a walk, scored a run and drove in one.
The rubber game is tomorrow afternoon. Rick Porcello gets the start while Kyle Davies throws for the Royals.