Martinez homers in 10th to send Tigers past Dodgers
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Victor Martinez homered in the top of the 10th inning to help the Detroit Tigers split a two-game series with a 7-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.
Detroit led 6-3 entering the bottom of the ninth when Adrian Gonzalez greeted Tigers closer Joe Nathan (2-0) with a leadoff homer to center.
Nathan then walked Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp before giving up a single to Juan Uribe that loaded the bases. Yasiel Puig pinch-hit for Tim Federowicz and struck out for the first out in the inning.
Pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke followed with a groundout that scored Ethier and put runners at the corners with two down. Dee Gordon then slapped a single into right field to tie the game at 6-6 and send it to extras.
Martinez, who tied the game on Tuesday with a single in the ninth, quickly helped Detroit regain the lead with a long drive off Kenley Jansen (0-1) that cleared the wall in right and made it 7-6.
Joba Chamberlain allowed an infield single to Hanley Ramirez to leadoff the home half of the 10th and was immediately replaced by Ian Krol, who struck out Gonzalez and Ethier before giving way to Al Alburquerque.
Alburquerque needed only four pitches to induce a groundout off the bat of Kemp and nail down his first save of the season.
Martinez finished 3-for-3 with two RBI, while Nick Castellanos hit his first career home run and drove in three as the Tigers snapped their two-game losing streak. Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and Austin Jackson added an RBI in the win.
Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez labored through five innings, allowing three runs -- one earned -- on six hits and one walk with six strikeouts.
Gordon went 3-for-5, Carl Crawford had two doubles with a run scored and Ethier also knocked in a run for LA, which had its two-game winning streak snapped.
Josh Beckett, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game, made the start for LA and surrendered five runs -- four earned -- over four innings with five strikeouts and a walk.
04/10 02:43:56 ET