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Polanco delivers wild walk-off victory for Tigers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- Trading for Placido Polanco is looking better each day for the Detroit Tigers.

Polanco, acquired from Philadelphia earlier on June 8, homered with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning and gave Detroit a 10-8 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.

"A high fastball inside," Polanco said of the pitch he hit over the left-center field fence off of Scott Eyre. "Just trying to get a fastball."

Polanco's home run came an inning after Chris Shelton hit tying two-run shot.

Rondell White also homered for the Tigers, who took two of three from the Giants. Todd Linden and Lance Niekro hit home runs for San Francisco.

After Omar Infante flied out to start the 10th, Brandon Inge singled to center field off Eyre (1-1). Polanco then followed with his first home run for Detroit.

"He's a pretty good hitter," San Francisco manager Felipe Alou said. "He got a hittable pitch that he hit out."

Since joining the Tigers, Polanco is hitting .378 with a home run and seven RBIs. He's also played well defensively at second base.

"The first thing that comes to my mind with Polanco is that this guy is a good ballplayer," said Tigers' manager Alan Trammell.

Jamie Walker (3-3) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.

Linden's three-run homer in the top of the ninth off Troy Percival gave the Giants an 8-5 lead. However, Detroit tied it against Tyler Walker in the bottom half on Craig Monroe's sacrifice fly and Shelton's homer.

"I didn't execute my pitches, that's the bottom line," Walker said.

Giants starter Jesse Foppert lasted just 3 1-3 innings. He allowed four runs on four hits, walked six and struck out three.

Pitching on three days' rest, Tigers starter Mike Maroth gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out one.

San Francisco took a 2-0 lead in the second on Adam Shabala's first major league hit, a bases-loaded single.

White led off the bottom of the inning with his eighth home run to make it 2-1. Detroit then loaded the bases with one out in the inning, but Infante was called out on strikes and Inge flied to center to end the inning.

Detroit tied it at 2 in the third on Monroe's bases-loaded sacrifice fly.

The Tigers scored two in the fourth to chase Foppert, who was replaced by Jeff Fassero. Dmitri Young greeted him with a run-scoring double and Fassero's wild pitch brought in the second run of the inning.

Niekro's two-run homer in the fifth tied the game at 4. It also scored Deivi Cruz, who led off with a single.

Cruz's two out single in the eighth put San Francisco up 5-4, but Infante's triple in the bottom of the inning tied it at 5.

"Lead changes, tie ballgame, home runs," said Inge. "That was just scratch and claw your way to a victory right there."

Notes

  • Niekro returned to the lineup after missing five days with an injured big toe. His father, Joe Niekro, pitched for the Tigers from 1970-72.
  • Linden's home run was the first of his career from the left side of the plate.
 
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Clutch Placido Polanco (right) celebrates his game-winning, two-run homer in the 10th inning. (AP)
Clutch Placido Polanco (right) celebrates his game-winning, two-run homer in the 10th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

T. Linden
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Detroit

P. Polanco
AB 4
R 3
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
Jason Ellison, CF5010111 .311
Deivi Cruz, SS5131005 .296
    Omar Vizquel, SS1000000 .300
Lance Niekro, 1B6122002 .309
Moises Alou, DH5010021 .306
    Michael Tucker, PR-DH0100000 .256
Ray Durham, 2B3110100 .277
Pedro Feliz, 3B3100224 .272
Yorvit Torrealba, C5110024 .250
Todd Linden, RF3213200 .190
Adam Shabala, LF4022010 .222
Totals4081286817 
Batting
HR - Lance Niekro (8, Maroth), Todd Linden (1, Percival)
SH - Adam Shabala (1)
RBI - Deivi Cruz (9), Lance Niekro 2 (25), Todd Linden 3 (3), Adam Shabala 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Deivi Cruz (2), Todd Linden 3 (3), Adam Shabala 2 (2)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Cruz-Durham-Niekro
San Francisco Giants
Jesse Foppert 3.1444631 6.00
Jeff Fassero 2.2200030 3.78
Scott Munter 2111100 2.04
Tyler Walker (BS,2) 1233111 5.28
Scott Eyre (L,1-1) 0.1222001 3.38
HBP - Rodriguez (by Jesse Foppert)
WP - Jeff Fassero (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jesse Foppert 83-40, Jeff Fassero 38-28, Scott Munter 26-17, Tyler Walker 22-13, Scott Eyre 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jesse Foppert 3-3, Jeff Fassero 2-3, Scott Munter 5-1, Tyler Walker 1-1
Batters Faced - Jesse Foppert 20, Jeff Fassero 10, Scott Munter 8, Tyler Walker 6, Scott Eyre 3
Detroit Tigers
Brandon Inge, 3B6120026 .306
Placido Polanco, 2B4312203 .328
Dmitri Young, DH5011012 .257
Rondell White, LF4221101 .304
Ivan Rodriguez, C4120011 .298
Craig Monroe, RF2002100 .265
Chris Shelton, 1B4112102 .302
Alexis Gomez, CF3100223 .000
    Nook Logan, CF0000000 .297
Omar Infante, SS4121113 .227
Totals36101198721 
Batting
2B - Dmitri Young (15, Fassero), Omar Infante (15, Fassero)
3B - Omar Infante (2, Munter)
HR - Placido Polanco (4, Eyre), Rondell White (8, Foppert), Chris Shelton (2, T. Walker)
SF - Craig Monroe 2 (7)
RBI - Placido Polanco 2 (27), Dmitri Young (32), Rondell White (35), Craig Monroe 2 (44), Chris Shelton 2 (10), Omar Infante (21)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Shelton 2 (4)
SB - Ivan Rodriguez (4, 2nd base off Foppert/Torrealba), Omar Infante (4, 2nd base off Foppert/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Infante-Polanco-Shelton
E - Brandon Inge (11, Throwing error)
Detroit Tigers
Mike Maroth 5744321 4.39
Franklyn German 1.2200110 2.39
Chris Spurling 0.1000010 1.89
Kyle Farnsworth 1111100 2.54
Troy Percival 1233131 4.42
Jamie Walker (W,3-3) 1000010 1.88
HBP - Durham (by Franklyn German)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Maroth 79-49, Franklyn German 32-17, Chris Spurling 6-3, Kyle Farnsworth 15-9, Troy Percival 32-24, Jamie Walker 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Maroth 5-7, Franklyn German 2-2, Kyle Farnsworth 1-2, Jamie Walker 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Maroth 24, Franklyn German 9, Chris Spurling 1, Kyle Farnsworth 5, Troy Percival 6, Jamie Walker 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35191
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Larry Poncino, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Gary Darling