Hunter's 9th-inning blast sends Tigers past A's
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - On the brink of being swept in a four-game series, Torii Hunter rescued the Detroit Tigers and prevented Max Scherzer from absorbing his second loss of the season.
Hunter crushed a three-run homer to cap a four-run bottom of the ninth inning and lift the Tigers to a dramatic 7-6 come-from-behind win at Comerica Park.
Scherzer was bidding to join Roger Clemens (2001) as the only pitchers to win 20 of their first 21 decisions. Instead, the Detroit right-hander was tagged for a season-high six runs (five earned). He tied a season high with eight hits allowed and matched a season low by lasting only five innings.
However, the Tigers erased a 6-1 deficit against the Oakland bullpen.
Bartolo Colon was in line for his 15th win in his return from the disabled list. Colon worked five innings in his 400th career start, giving up just one run on seven hits in his first action since Aug. 13. The 40-year-old struggled in two outings prior to landing on the 15-day DL with a strained left groin, surrendering 10 earned runs and 14 hits over 6 2/3 innings.
08/29 16:33:28 ET