Tigers deck Cards 4-3 on wild pitch after Ozuna's tying HR

DETROIT (AP) Fifty years ago, a Detroit Tigers lefty dominated the St. Louis Cardinals on the way to a World Series victory.

Matthew Boyd took his turn Saturday night, albeit in a less important game, as the Tigers beat the Cardinals 4-3.

On the day the Tigers celebrated their 1968 championship - aided by Mickey Lolich defeating the Cardinals three times in the World Series - Boyd pitched one of the best games of his career.

He struck out a career-high 11 and allowed only one hit in the first seven innings. His night ended after a homer and a walk to start the eighth, but Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire was still impressed.

''He pitched his tail off,'' Gardenhire said. ''That's a team in a pennant race, and he might have had his best outing of the season. I just wish he could have gone all nine.''

Boyd was willing - he lobbied Gardenhire to stay in - but he didn't want to be compared to Lolich, who threw three complete games to earn MVP honors in the `68 Series.

''You can't even mention me in the same breath as Mickey Lolich,'' Boyd said. ''Everyone that's around this team knows what he did for this franchise and this city. It was incredible just to see him in the clubhouse today.''

In the end, Boyd didn't even get the win. The Tigers led 3-1 with two outs in the top of the ninth, but Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run homer off Shane Greene (4-6) to tie the game. It was Ozuna's 18th homer and third in two days.

It was the second day in a row the teams went into the bottom of the ninth tied at 3. Victor Reyes scored the winning run Friday to prevent extra innings, and then did the same thing Saturday.

Reyes led off and reached second on first baseman Matt Carpenter's fielding error. Bud Norris (3-5) walked Jeimer Candelario, and both runners moved up on Jim Adduci's sacrifice bunt.

The Cardinals intentionally walked Nicholas Castellanos to load the bases for Victor Martinez with one out, but Norris bounced the next pitch and Reyes scored easily.

''That's a tough one to swallow,'' Norris said. ''We've been fighting all year, and we won't give in, but that was tough.''

The Cardinals, who entered with a one-game lead for the second National League wild card, have lost five of seven. The Tigers have won four straight.

''Ozuna gets us a big, two-out, two-run homer to tie the game and give us the momentum, and then we get walked off,'' St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said.

Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty yielded three runs on four hits and four walks in five innings. He struck out six.

After Boyd struck out the side in the first, the Tigers scored twice in the bottom of the inning. Two walks and a single loaded the bases with none out, and Candelario scored on a wild pitch. Victor Martinez made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly, but Flaherty struck out the next two batters.

Boyd fanned nine in the first four innings, and the Tigers gave him another run in the fourth. With two outs and a full count, Reyes broke from first and was able to score on Candelario's bloop single to center.

Harrison Bader nearly got the Cardinals on the board in the fifth, but Mikie Mahtook made a running leap into the left-field fence to rob him of a home run. Bader is usually on the other end of such plays - according to MLB Statcast, he leads the majors with seven 5-star catches.

''I knew I was in trouble as soon as I released the pitch,'' Boyd said. ''I can't even tell you how good it felt to look back and see a guy making a freakish athletic play like that.''

Paul DeJong led off the eighth with his 17th homer, cutting Detroit's lead to 3-1.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha was scratched from Friday night's Triple-A rehab start with soreness in his left oblique.

BIG NIGHT FOR BOYD

Boyd's 11 strikeouts were the most by a Tigers pitcher in any game against the Cardinals, including their three World Series matchups. Lolich, who received a standing ovation during the pregame festivities, had nine in Game 2 in 1968, and David Price matched that mark in a 2015 interleague game.

GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

The teams wore throwback jerseys as part of Detroit's celebration of its 1968 World Series victory over St. Louis, but they had to fudge things a bit. The Tigers haven't changed the design of their home jersey in the last 50 years, so they wore replicas of their 1968 road jerseys - a plain black ''Detroit'' on a gray uniform.

UP NEXT

The teams finish their three-game series Sunday afternoon, with Detroit RHP Michael Fulmer (3-10, 4.57) facing John Gant (6-5, 3.10).

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  • W: S. Greene (4-6)L: B. Norris (3-5)
  • HR: STL - M. Ozuna (21), P. DeJong (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 1B41100020.272.387.563.9501.0
J. Martinez DH40000031.303.362.457.820-1.5
T. O'Neill RF40000031.245.280.473.752-1.5
M. Ozuna LF41121010.278.322.435.7576.5
A. Garcia LF00000000.077.077.077.1540.0
P. DeJong SS41111000.228.308.426.7346.0
Y. Munoz 2B20100100.281.348.438.7863.0
H. Bader CF30000022.274.344.431.774-1.0
P. Wisdom 3B30000011.194.324.484.808-0.5
F. Pena C20000020.200.240.267.507-1.0
a- M. Adams PH10000001.249.322.498.8210.0
C. Kelly C00000000.080.179.080.2590.0
  • a-lined out for Pena in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Candelario 3B31110212.230.317.411.7294.5
J. Adduci 1B41100023.298.324.427.7511.0
N. Castellanos RF30100200.293.350.484.8343.0
V. Martinez DH20010101.249.296.352.6472.0
N. Goodrum SS20000212.236.312.432.7451.5
M. Mahtook LF40000024.213.294.365.659-1.0
G. Greiner C30100110.240.330.320.6501.5
D. Lugo 2B40000003.278.297.361.6580.0
V. Reyes CF42200001.241.256.314.5714.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Munoz (15)
    • HR - M. Ozuna (21), P. DeJong (17)
    • RBI - M. Ozuna 2 (75), P. DeJong (52)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Ozuna 2 (29)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Bader, M. Adams
    BATTING
    • SF - V. Martinez (7)
    • SH - J. Adduci (2)
    • RBI - J. Candelario (51), V. Martinez (52)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Candelario (13)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Adduci 3 (3), V. Martinez, M. Mahtook 3 (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Carpenter-DeJong-Poncedeleon; Wisdom-Munoz-Carpenter)
    • E - M. Carpenter (14), P. Wisdom (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Flaherty5.04334602.921.077.0
    D. Poncedeleon2.01001102.671.154.5
    B. Cecil0.11001006.592.02-2.0
    J. Brebbia0.20000003.641.240.0
    B. Norris (L, 3-5)0.10102003.581.19-7.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Boyd7.021111114.111.1025.5
    A. Wilson (H, 12)0.20000103.581.100.5
    D. Stumpf (H, 11)0.10000005.291.650.0
    S. Greene (W, 4-6) (BS, 6)1.02220214.871.347.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Boyd7.0
    A. Wilson (H, 12)0.2
    D. Stumpf (H, 11)0.1
    S. Greene (W, 4-6) (BS, 6)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Flaherty 2 (2), B. Norris (9)
    • IBB - B. Norris (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 92-57, D. Poncedeleon 27-17, B. Cecil 14-7, J. Brebbia 2-1, B. Norris 15-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 5-5, D. Poncedeleon 3-1, B. Cecil 1-0, J. Brebbia 1-0, B. Norris 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 24, D. Poncedeleon 7, B. Cecil 3, J. Brebbia, B. Norris 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 98-68, A. Wilson 7-6, D. Stumpf 3-1, S. Greene 23-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 1-9, A. Wilson 1-0, S. Greene 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 24, A. Wilson 2, D. Stumpf, S. Greene 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    200100001460
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Carpenter 1B41100020.272.387.563.9501.0
    J. Martinez DH40000031.303.362.457.820-1.5
    T. O'Neill RF40000031.245.280.473.752-1.5
    M. Ozuna LF41121010.278.322.435.7576.5
    A. Garcia LF00000000.077.077.077.1540.0
    P. DeJong SS41111000.228.308.426.7346.0
    Y. Munoz 2B20100100.281.348.438.7863.0
    H. Bader CF30000022.274.344.431.774-1.0
    P. Wisdom 3B30000011.194.324.484.808-0.5
    F. Pena C20000020.200.240.267.507-1.0
    a- M. Adams PH10000001.249.322.498.8210.0
    C. Kelly C00000000.080.179.080.2590.0
    Total3134321146-----
    • a-lined out for Pena in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Candelario 3B31110212.230.317.411.7294.5
    J. Adduci 1B41100023.298.324.427.7511.0
    N. Castellanos RF30100200.293.350.484.8343.0
    V. Martinez DH20010101.249.296.352.6472.0
    N. Goodrum SS20000212.236.312.432.7451.5
    M. Mahtook LF40000024.213.294.365.659-1.0
    G. Greiner C30100110.240.330.320.6501.5
    D. Lugo 2B40000003.278.297.361.6580.0
    V. Reyes CF42200001.241.256.314.5714.0
    Total2946208716-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Munoz (15)
      • HR - M. Ozuna (21), P. DeJong (17)
      • RBI - M. Ozuna 2 (75), P. DeJong (52)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Ozuna 2 (29)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Bader, M. Adams
      BATTING
      • SF - V. Martinez (7)
      • SH - J. Adduci (2)
      • RBI - J. Candelario (51), V. Martinez (52)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Candelario (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Adduci 3 (3), V. Martinez, M. Mahtook 3 (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Carpenter-DeJong-Poncedeleon; Wisdom-Munoz-Carpenter)
      • E - M. Carpenter (14), P. Wisdom (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Flaherty5.04334602.921.077.0
      D. Poncedeleon2.01001102.671.154.5
      B. Cecil0.11001006.592.02-2.0
      J. Brebbia0.20000003.641.240.0
      B. Norris (L, 3-5)0.10102003.581.19-7.0
      Total8.1643870---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Flaherty5.0
      D. Poncedeleon2.0
      B. Cecil0.1
      J. Brebbia0.2
      B. Norris (L, 3-5)0.1
      Total8.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Boyd7.021111114.111.1025.5
      A. Wilson (H, 12)0.20000103.581.100.5
      D. Stumpf (H, 11)0.10000005.291.650.0
      S. Greene (W, 4-6) (BS, 6)1.02220214.871.347.0
      Total9.04331142---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Boyd7.0
      A. Wilson (H, 12)0.2
      D. Stumpf (H, 11)0.1
      S. Greene (W, 4-6) (BS, 6)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Flaherty 2 (2), B. Norris (9)
      • IBB - B. Norris (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 92-57, D. Poncedeleon 27-17, B. Cecil 14-7, J. Brebbia 2-1, B. Norris 15-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 5-5, D. Poncedeleon 3-1, B. Cecil 1-0, J. Brebbia 1-0, B. Norris 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 24, D. Poncedeleon 7, B. Cecil 3, J. Brebbia, B. Norris 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 98-68, A. Wilson 7-6, D. Stumpf 3-1, S. Greene 23-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 1-9, A. Wilson 1-0, S. Greene 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 24, A. Wilson 2, D. Stumpf, S. Greene 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Reyes scored on wild pitch34
        Ozuna homered to left, Carpenter scored33
      • 8TH INNING
        DeJong homered to right center13
      • 4TH INNING
        Candelario singled to center, Reyes scored03
      • 1ST INNING
        Martinez hit sacrifice fly to right, Adduci scored, Castellanos to third02
        Candelario scored, Adduci to third, Castellanos to second on wild pitch01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Shane Greene relieved Daniel Stumpf
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Carpenter reached on an infield single to first
        • Jo. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • T. O'Neill: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna homered to left, Carpenter scored
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, DeJong grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Bud Norris relieved John Brebbia
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Reyes safe at first on 1st baseman Carpenter fielding error, Reyes to second
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Candelario walked
        • J. Adduci: Adduci hit sacrifice bunt to third, Reyes to third, Candelario to second
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos intentionally walked
        • Adolis Garcia in left field
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Reyes scored on wild pitch
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeJong homered to right center
        • Y. Munoz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Munoz walked
        • Alex Wilson relieved Matthew Boyd
        • H. Bader: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
        • P. Wisdom: Strike looking, Foul, Wisdom reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Munoz out at second
        • Matt Adams hit for Francisco Pena
        • Daniel Stumpf relieved Alex Wilson
        • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Adams lined out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Carson Kelly catching
        • Brett Cecil relieved Daniel Poncedeleon
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Goodrum walked
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Mahtook reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Goodrum out at second
        • G. Greiner: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Greiner singled to shallow center, Mahtook to second
        • John Brebbia relieved Brett Cecil
        • D. Lugo: Ball, Lugo grounded out to second, Greiner out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • Jo. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Martinez flied out to center
        • T. O'Neill: O'Neill flied out to deep left
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Foul, Ozuna popped out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Poncedeleon Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • J. Adduci: Ball, Foul, Ball, Adduci grounded out to second
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Castellanos singled to shallow center
        • V. Martinez: Strike swinging, Martinez lined out to left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • P. Wisdom: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Wisdom grounded out to shortstop
        • F. Pena: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pena struck out swinging
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Daniel Poncedeleon relieved Jack Flaherty
        • G. Greiner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Greiner walked
        • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Lugo reached on fielder's choice to third, Greiner out at second
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Reyes grounded out to shortstop, Lugo out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • P. DeJong: DeJong flied out to right
        • Y. Munoz: Ball, Foul, Munoz popped out to second
        • H. Bader: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bader flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum lined out to shortstop
        • M. Mahtook: Foul, Mahtook fouled out to first
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • Jo. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • T. O'Neill: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, O'Neill struck out looking
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Ball, Greiner grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Lugo: Lugo grounded out to second
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes reached on an infield single to first
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Candelario singled to center, Reyes scored
        • J. Adduci: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Adduci struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • P. Wisdom: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Wisdom struck out looking
        • F. Pena: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pena struck out swinging
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter flied out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Foul, Ball, Castellanos flied out to right
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goodrum walked
        • M. Mahtook: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Mahtook struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ozuna flied out to center
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, DeJong flied out to deep right
        • Y. Munoz: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Munoz doubled to left center
        • H. Bader: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Greiner struck out swinging
        • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Ball, Lugo safe at first on 3rd baseman Wisdom fielding error
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Reyes singled to shallow left center, Lugo to second
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Candelario popped out to third
        • J. Adduci: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lugo to third, Reyes to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adduci struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
        • Jo. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • T. O'Neill: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Candelario walked
        • J. Adduci: Adduci singled to shallow left center, Candelario to second
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Castellanos walked, Candelario to third, Adduci to second
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Candelario scored, Adduci to third, Castellanos to second on wild pitch, Ball, Martinez hit sacrifice fly to right, Adduci scored, Castellanos to third
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)