TORONTO (WKZO) -- Detroit may have lost 6-5 to Toronto on Sunday, but at least the game was one for the books.
It's safe to say that the weekend's series against the Blue Jays was one of the Tigers' most difficult in recent years. They haven't, in fact, had a 19-inning game since losing to the Indians in April of 1984 (the game was actually the longest in Toronto's history.) What's more, Sunday's loss was the second straight with extra innings, after Saturday's disappointing 3-2 loss in 10. Toronto takes the three-game series 2-1, but it wasn't a clean sweep like the series back in June.
Things didn't start out bad, however. Detroit quickly built a three-run lead in the first inning, thanks to singles from J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos with bases loaded, which allowed Victor Martinez, Miguel Cabrera and Torii Hunter to score. Five innings later, with Toronto still scoreless (and Detroit up to a five-run lead,) a Tigers series win looked like a sure bet.
Even after a Dioner Navarro homer which thinned Detroit's lead to 3 runs, the win still looked possible, but Toronto quickly added a couple more singles. Things were tied up in the bottom of the 9th, and that's when the game started to get a little crazy.
The teams went through 9 more innings of scoreless play, and Detroit cycled through the entire bullpen, finally sending in Rick Porcello (13-7) for the last three. Jose Bautista hit the game-winning single for Toronto off a Porcello pitch in the 19th inning, with Munenori Kawasaki scoring the run.
Detroit's road trip continues, with two games hosted by the Pirates (who then come to Comerica Park for two, later in the week.) Broadcast time for game one is 6:40 PM Monday night on 590 WKZO.