Martinez homer gives Tigers 7-6 win over Dodgers
April 11, 2014, 12:02 am TWN
LOS ANGELES -- Detroit's Victor Martinez hit a leadoff home run in the 10th inning to give the Tigers a 7-6 win at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday and rescue his closer who gave up a big lead.
Elsewhere, Washington opened up a one-game lead atop the National League East by beating Miami, Colorado produced a big eighth inning to overwhelm the Chicago White Sox and Ryan Braun again led Milwaukee over Philadelphia.
Detroit closer Joe Nathan blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning but was bailed out by Martinez, who drove a 2-2 pitch off Kenley Jansen beyond right-center.
It was the second night running Martinez had produced a clutch hit against Jansen, having tied the score with two outs in the ninth on Tuesday.
Washington's Jayson Werth hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning as the Nationals beat Miami 10-7.
Werth's homer off Carlos Marmol followed Bryce Harper's three-run homer that started a comeback from an early 5-0 deficit. It was the first homer of the season for both.
Marmol (0-1) loaded the bases with one out, allowing a single, hitting a batter, and issuing an intentional walk before Werth's homer.
Colorado's D.J. LeMahieu's two-run single broke a tie in a six-run eighth inning that lifted the Rockies to a 10-4 win over the White Sox.
LeMahieu finished with three hits, including an RBI double in the sixth that tied the game 4-4.
Rex Brothers (1-0) got two outs in the eighth to take the win.
Milwaukee notched its fifth-straight victory by winning 9-4 at Philadelphia, with Ryan Braun hitting a two-run triple during a four-run eighth inning rally.
Carlos Gomez and Mark Reynolds homered and Jean Segura doubled and drove in a run for Milwaukee, which has won all five games of the streak on the road.
Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler, left, scores on a sacrifice fly by Victor Martinez as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Tim Federowicz takes a high throw during the first inning of a ...