DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers had managed four runs in 34 innings and were on the way to what seemed like would be their fourth loss in a row.
Then came the eighth inning.
“We really didn’t do much offensively until that eighth inning,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “We hadn’t done much offensively since we got back from Texas.”
The Tigers scored three in the eighth, including a run driven in by Miguel Cabrera that marked his 1,000th RBI in his Detroit career.
The Tigers (64-57) survived a dangerous ninth inning to beat the Red Sox 4-3 and break a three-game losing streak.
What could have been a devastating loss was instead greeted with relief in the Tigers’ dugout.
“It was fun. It hasn’t been fun for the last three days,” Ausmus said. “There wasn’t a lot of activity in the dugout because we didn’t have a lot of offense going on. It was fun to do it in a situation where the game is on the line and come back from behind and basically have the whole lineup contribute in some fashion.”
Cabrera received a standing ovation from fans at Comerica Park, who awakened along with the Tigers’ bats in the eighth inning.
The Tigers slugger was unusually effusive after the game, expressing gratitude to fans for his milestone.
“I feel part of this city, this community in Detroit,” Cabrera said. “It makes me proud.”
Even with six weeks still left in the season, there was a sense that the Tigers were teetering on the brink after being swept by the Kansas City Royals. Injuries were mounting. One-third of Thursday’s lineup had been on the team for about a week or less.
That made Thursday’s comeback win all the more satisfying.
“The last three games were tough,” Cabrera said. “Against Kansas City, we didn’t play well. When you don’t get runs, it’s tough to win.”
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