1:08 PM ET, August 29, 2013
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Hunter hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth, lifting Detroit to a 7-6 win over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday that averted a four-game series sweep.
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The celebration continued after the Tigers' biggest comeback victory, with Cabrera vowing he would be in the lineup Friday when the AL Central leaders begin a three-game series with the second-place Cleveland Indians.
Cabrera departed in the fifth inning after hurting his abdomen while making an awkward slide trying to stretch a single into a double. But he insisted he would be able to play in Detroit's next game.
"I'm OK," he said. "I'll play (Friday) -- don't worry."
The reigning Triple Crown winner limped off the field after aggravating a strain in his groin, abdominal and hip area that has bothered him for much of the month. He got two hits before the injury, increasing his major league-leading batting average to .359. He leads baseball with 130 RBIs, and his 43 homers trail only Baltimore's Chris Davis.
"Every time something like that happens, we all get scared," Tigers catcher Brayan Pena said. "But then when we see him smiling and stuff like that after the game, everybody starts breathing again."
Scherzer gave up six runs in five innings, ending up with a no-decision instead of a loss.
"He still can go 20-1," Hunter said. "He was jumping up and down when I came upstairs. He hugged me so tight I couldn't breathe. I'm pretty sure he's excited."
Scherzer's bid to become the first pitcher in the major leagues with 20 wins this season didn't look good at the start.
"I probably should've taken a loss," he said. "Torii bailed me out."
The bullpen did, too.
Coco Crisp led off the game with a double and Jed Lowrie hit a one-out, two-run homer on a thigh-high, 92-mph fastball. Scherzer held the A's to only one hit over the next two innings, but they built a four-run cushion in the fourth on sacrifice flies by Daric Barton and Eric Sogard.
A's starter Bartolo Colon was in a position to win his 15th game. He allowed only one run and five hits without a walk over five innings in his first start since Aug. 13, when a groin injury landed him on the disabled list.
Balfour gave up a leadoff walk to Austin Jackson and walked Fielder with two outs. He then got ahead 0-2 against Martinez, but couldn't get a third strike against him and that proved to be costly. The All-Star closer gave up two hits and walked two.
"It's nice to win three games here when you're looking at it coming in," A's manager Bob Melvin said, "but certainly when you're in position to win the fourth one, you want to win four."
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said the team has decided which players will be added to the roster when it expands to 40 players on Sept. 1, but declined to make any announcements. Leyland said the callups will happen in multiple groups, starting on Sept. 1 and continuing as minor league seasons come to an end. ... Moss' four homers in the series were more than he hit in three of his first five major league seasons. Moss didn't reach double figures until last year, his sixth, when he hit 21 for Oakland.
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 29: Bartolo Colon #40 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Detroit Tigers in the...(Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||J Lowrie homered to right (359 feet), C Crisp scored.||2||0|
|4th||D Barton hit sacrifice fly to center, A Callaspo scored, S Smith to third.||3||0|
|4th||E Sogard hit sacrifice fly to left, S Smith scored.||4||0|
|4th||B Pena hit sacrifice fly to center, P Fielder scored.||4||1|
|5th||B Moss homered to right (421 feet), J Donaldson scored.||6||1|
|6th||P Fielder homered to right center (429 feet).||6||2|
|6th||R Santiago singled to right, D Kelly scored, O Infante to second.||6||3|
|9th||V Martinez singled to center, A Jackson scored, P Fielder to third.||6||4|
|9th||T Hunter homered to left center (396 feet), P Fielder and J Iglesias scored.||6||7|
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|Stadium||Comerica Park, Detroit, MI|
|Attendance||39,212 (95% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||84 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jerry Meals, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Will Little, Third Base - Gary Darling|
Max Scherzer allowed a season-high six runs Thursday but the Tigers came back and won, 7-6, on Torii Hunter's walk-off home run. The Tigers have won 22 of the 27 games Scherzer has started this season, and are hitting over .300 in those games.[+]
Tigers This Season
Athletics Jed Lowrie extends career-high hit streak to 11 games, going 3-for-5 with 2 RBI in Oakland's loss at Tigers (.413 BA (19-46) with 8 RBI during streak).
Bartolo Colon has thrown his fastball on 84 percent of his pitches, 10 percentage points higher than the next-closest qualified pitcher. Tigers hitters have a well-hit ball in an MLB-best 22 percent of at-bats ending in a fastball or sinker.
Athletics Brandon Moss has now hit a HR in 3 straight games (2nd-longest streak of career); career-high: 4 games between June 12-15, 2012. Moss is the 1st Athletics player to hit a HR in 3+ straight games vs the Tigers in a single season since John Jaha hit a HR in 3 straight games between June 18-20, 1999.
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