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Tigers get to Chapman, rally past Reds

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CINCINNATI -- Detroit manager Jim Leyland told reporters Saturday that he wanted to get out of Cincinnati without facing Aroldis Chapman. His wounded Tigers ended up handing the Cuban left-hander his second loss of the season Sunday night.

Austin Jackson hit a two-run double off Chapman during a four-run eighth inning, rallying the Tigers to a 7-6 victory against the Cincinnati Reds.

"To show you how dumb I am, I was thinking about resting Jackson but when [Brennan] Boesch went down, I couldn't," Leyland said.

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Jackson came off the disabled list Saturday. Boesch sprained his right ankle sliding into home plate that day and could only pinch-hit on Sunday. But his single loaded the bases in the eighth and helped set up the Tigers' big inning.

Virtually unhittable all season, Chapman (4-2) entered with two on in the eighth and the Reds leading 6-3. He gave up a single to Boesch and hit Matt Young with a pitch, forcing in a run.

"It grazed my elbow," Young said. "For an 0-for-2 day with two strikeouts, it was a good day."

Jackson's double tied it and Young scored the go-ahead run on Chapman's wild pitch, helping the Tigers take two of three in the interleague series.

"The guys played hard and never gave up. They finally did enough to win one. We hung in there," Leyland said. "We beat a guy that throws 105 mph. That's pretty good."

Chapman finished off the middle of Detroit's lineup after the damage was done.

"Sometimes it happens," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I don't care how good you are. He spoiled us by being so good, and he will be great again."

Cincinnati wasted Todd Frazier's home run and career-high four RBI. The Reds dropped into a tie with Pittsburgh for first place in the NL Central with their third loss in four games.

"I would rather have one RBI and get the win, but we're still in first place," Frazier said. "Tied or not, we're still the leaders."

Brayan Villareal (3-1) pitched two innings for the victory. Jose Valverde worked the ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances.

The Reds took a 2-0 lead against Drew Smyly in the second on Frazier's broken-bat, two-run single, his second two-run single in two days.

Zack Cozart made it 3-0 with his seventh home run leading off the third inning, the last for Smyly, who left with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. The rookie left-hander allowed four hits and three runs with one walk and three strikeouts.

"It was the worst blister I've ever seen," Leyland said.

Detroit got on the board against Homer Bailey in the fourth with a two-out rally that started with Prince Fielder's walk. Delmon Young doubled and Fielder scored when second baseman Brandon Phillips couldn't make a do-or-die backhand grab of Ramon Santiago's chopper near second base. Phillips was charged with an error, which was changed two innings later by the official scorer to a hit for Santiago.

The Reds got the run back in the bottom half on Devin Mesoraco's 432-foot solo home run into the second deck in left field off Luis Marte, his fourth home run of the year.

Detroit came right back with Jackson's opposite-field solo shot to right in the fifth, his sixth home run of the season. Bailey then hit Quintin Berry with a pitch and Miguel Cabrera just missed tying the game with a drive that Chris Heisey hauled in a step from the right-center wall.

Frazier gave the Reds a 6-2 lead in the sixth with his seventh home run, a 346-foot, opposite-field fly off Villareal that Berry just missed catching before it bounced off the top of the wall and was gathered in by fans.

"Taking two out of three from a first-place team and a really good team is a step in the right direction. We've certainly been challenged. We need to get a couple of our guys back," Leyland said. "We've got to be tough."

Notes

  • Boesch was scratched from the starting lineup because of the right ankle sprain he sustained while scoring the decisive run in Saturday's 3-2 victory. He was replaced in right field by Berry.
  • LHP Casey Crosby, who isn't scheduled to start for the Tigers until Friday, will be available in the bullpen, Leyland said, adding that he hopes RHP Octavio Dotel might be ready by Tuesday. Dotel hasn't pitched since June 2 because of elbow inflammation.
  • Reds 1B Joey Votto went 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at a career-high 15 games.
 
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Aroldis Chapman can only look on as Matt Young scores the deciding run on his wild pitch in the eighth inning.  (US Presswire)
Aroldis Chapman can only look on as Matt Young scores the deciding run on his wild pitch in the eighth inning. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Detroit

A. Jackson
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Cincinnati

T. Frazier
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF5123000 .324
Quintin Berry, RF3110120 .290
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3010203 .317
Prince Fielder, 1B3111113 .316
Delmon Young, LF5010025 .254
    Joaquin Benoit, P0000000 .000
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
Ramon Santiago, SS4111111 .210
Gerald Laird, C5120012 .317
Danny Worth, 2B3000012 .184
    Brayan Villarreal, P0000000 .000
   a- Brennan Boesch, PH1010000 .240
    Hernan Perez, PR-2B1110000 .500
Drew Smyly, P1000000 .000
    Luis Marte, P1000000 .000
    Matt Young, 2B-LF2101021 .111
Totals377116510  
a-singled for Villarreal in the 8th
Batting
2B - Austin Jackson (11, Chapman), Delmon Young (12, Bailey)
HR - Austin Jackson (6, Bailey)
RBI - Austin Jackson 3 (20), Prince Fielder (40), Ramon Santiago (10), Matt Young (1)
2-OUT RBI - Austin Jackson (4), Prince Fielder (15), Ramon Santiago (4)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Worth-Santiago-Fielder, Villarreal-Young-Fielder
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Drew Smyly 3433131 3.96
Luis Marte 2322121 3.38
Brayan Villarreal (W,3-1) 2211031 1.65
Joaquin Benoit (H,16) 1100020 2.33
Jose Valverde (S,12) 1000010 3.91
WP - Joaquin Benoit (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Drew Smyly 53-33, Luis Marte 29-19, Brayan Villarreal 35-24, Joaquin Benoit 21-14, Jose Valverde 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Smyly 2-3, Luis Marte 1-2, Brayan Villarreal 2-0, Joaquin Benoit 1-0, Jose Valverde 1-1
Batters Faced - Drew Smyly 14, Luis Marte 9, Brayan Villarreal 7, Joaquin Benoit 4, Jose Valverde 3
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Zack Cozart, SS5121020 .248
Chris Heisey, CF4010011 .265
Joey Votto, 1B4000012 .355
Brandon Phillips, 2B4220001 .271
Jay Bruce, RF2110201 .265
Ryan Ludwick, LF4000034 .203
Todd Frazier, 3B4124011 .275
    Alfredo Simon, P0000000 .000
Devin Mesoraco, C4121011 .200
Homer Bailey, P3000022 .167
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
    Miguel Cairo, 3B1000000 .156
Totals356106211  
Batting
2B - Chris Heisey (8, Smyly), Brandon Phillips (9, Smyly)
HR - Zack Cozart (7, Smyly), Todd Frazier (7, Villarreal), Devin Mesoraco (4, Marte)
RBI - Zack Cozart (15), Todd Frazier 4 (22), Devin Mesoraco (9)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Frazier 2 (9), Devin Mesoraco (1)
SB - Brandon Phillips (2, 3rd base off Smyly/Laird), Jay Bruce (4, 2nd base off Smyly/Laird)
Team LOB - 4
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey 6.2633271 4.35
Jose Arredondo0000100 2.22
Sean Marshall0100000 3.63
Logan Ondrusek (H,8) 0.1122110 3.28
Aroldis Chapman (BS,2; L,4-2) 1222110 0.87
Alfredo Simon 1100010 1.59
HBP - Berry (by Homer Bailey), Fielder (by Homer Bailey), Young (by Aroldis Chapman)
WP - Aroldis Chapman (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 112-70, Jose Arredondo 5-1, Sean Marshall 2-1, Logan Ondrusek 11-5, Aroldis Chapman 27-15, Alfredo Simon 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 9-3, Aroldis Chapman 2-0, Alfredo Simon 1-1
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 29, Jose Arredondo 1, Sean Marshall 1, Logan Ondrusek 3, Aroldis Chapman 7, Alfredo Simon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34056
Game Time - 3:33
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Tom Hallion