Andrew Romine drove in the tie breaking run on a play that withstood a replay challenge under the new slide rule.
Miguel Cabrera tacked on a pinch-hit RBI, and the Detroit Tigers overcame Ryan Zimmerman’s two home runs to beat the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Tuesday night, ending a seven-game losing streak.
The Tigers trailed 3-2 before scoring three runs in the sixth off Joe Ross (3-2). After James McCann’s RBI single tied it, Romine came up with the bases loaded and one out.
His grounder led to a force out at second base, but Romine beat shortstop Danny Espinosa’s throw to first in a bid for a double play.
Cabrera then produced a bloop single to add an insurance run and make it 5-3 – which became important when Zimmerman delivered his second home run of the night, in the seventh off reliever Drew VerHaven.
That solo shot followed Zimmerman’s two-run homerun in the fifth off Michael Fulmer (2-1), after Harper was walked.
Former teammates and current friends, Nationals RHP Max Scherzer (3-2, 4.60 ERA) will face Tigers RHP Jordan Zimmermann (5-1, 1.10 ERA) in Wednesday’s series finale.
By: Mike Plourde – for Great Lakes Radio Sports