DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers tied the game with an astonishing six-run rally in the ninth inning, then beat the Chicago White Sox 7-6 on Saturday when Omar Infante hit an infield single with the bases loaded in the 12th.
Infante’s grounder deflected off the glove of reliever Jacob Petricka (1-1) with one out, and the Tigers spilled onto the field with Comerica Park in a frenzy. Detroit plays its final scheduled home game of the year Sunday and can clinch a third straight AL Central title with a win and a Cleveland loss.
Trailing 6-0 in the ninth, the Tigers scored five runs before the first out. Pinch-hitter Andy Dirks hit a three-run homer to pull Detroit within one.
Al Alburquerque (4-3) got the win.
The Tigers won after trailing by six in the ninth for the first time since Aug. 22, 1947, according to STATS. They beat the Washington Senators 7-6 that day.
Rays 5, Orioles 1 Alex Cobb took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning and Desmond Jennings drove in four runs as the Tampa Bay Rays beat Baltimore in a matchup of exhausted teams to maintain their lead in the AL wild-card race.
The first pitch came 10 hours, 56 minutes after the Rays’ 5-4, 18-inning win over Baltimore that ended at 2:05 a.m., a game that stretched on for 6:54 — a record time for both teams. Saturday’s game, by comparison, seemed to breeze by in 2:51.
Tampa Bay leads for the wild card, a half-game ahead of Cleveland. Texas is one game behind the Rays.
Cobb (10-3) struck out 12. He didn’t allow a hit until Steve Clevenger singled with two outs in the fifth, and left after Adam Jones’ RBI single in the ninth.
Miguel Gonzalez (10-8) gave up three runs, two hits and five walks in six innings.
Indians 4, Astros 1 Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings and Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer as the Cleveland Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a win over Houston.
The Indians won for the eighth time in 10 games. They lead Texas by a half-game for the second wild-card slot.
Houston, a major league-worst 51-104, has lost a season-high eight in a row.
Kazmir (9-9) struck out 10 and walked two. Paul Clemens (4-6) allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings. Other games on Saturday: Rangers 3, Royals 1
Athletics 9, Twins 1
Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 2
Yankees 6, Giants 0
Angels 6, Mariners 5