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.
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."
|Clutch Placido Polanco (right) celebrates his game-winning, two-run homer in the 10th inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|San Francisco Giants|
|Jason Ellison, CF||5||0||1||0||1||1||1||.311|
|Deivi Cruz, SS||5||1||3||1||0||0||5||.296|
|Omar Vizquel, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Lance Niekro, 1B||6||1||2||2||0||0||2||.309|
|Moises Alou, DH||5||0||1||0||0||2||1||.306|
|Michael Tucker, PR-DH||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.256|
|Ray Durham, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.277|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||3||1||0||0||2||2||4||.272|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||5||1||1||0||0||2||4||.250|
|Todd Linden, RF||3||2||1||3||2||0||0||.190|
|Adam Shabala, LF||4||0||2||2||0||1||0||.222|
|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|
|DP - Cruz-Durham-Niekro|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Tyler Walker (BS,2)||1||2||3||3||1||1||1||5.28|
|Scott Eyre (L,1-1)||0.1||2||2||2||0||0||1||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|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||6||1||2||0||0||2||6||.306|
|Placido Polanco, 2B||4||3||1||2||2||0||3||.328|
|Dmitri Young, DH||5||0||1||1||0||1||2||.257|
|Rondell White, LF||4||2||2||1||1||0||1||.304|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.298|
|Craig Monroe, RF||2||0||0||2||1||0||0||.265|
|Chris Shelton, 1B||4||1||1||2||1||0||2||.302|
|Alexis Gomez, CF||3||1||0||0||2||2||3||.000|
|Nook Logan, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.297|
|Omar Infante, SS||4||1||2||1||1||1||3||.227|
|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|
|DP - Infante-Polanco-Shelton|
|E - Brandon Inge (11, Throwing error)|
|Jamie Walker (W,3-3)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||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|
|Attendance - 35191|
|Game Time - 3:37|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Larry Poncino, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Gary Darling|