Jorge Alfaro gets key 10th-inning hit as Padres beat Tigers 6-4
DETROIT -- Jorge Alfaro capped San Diego’s three-run 10th inning with a two-run single, and the Padres beat the Detroit Tigers 6-4 on Tuesday night.
Luke Voit finished with three RBIs for San Diego after he was hit by a bases-loaded pitch from All-Star Gregory Soto (2-5) in the 10th. After Matthew Batten struck out swinging for the second out, Alfaro drove in Jake Cronenworth and Manny Machado with a single to right.
Cronenworth was hit by a pitch leading off the inning, and Machado reached on shortstop Javier Baez’s throwing error.
Detroit got one back on Jeimer Candelario’s RBI double in the bottom half. But Nick Martinez retired Willi Castro on a fly ball to center, earning his fourth save.
The big 10th helped end San Diego’s 38-year quest to win a game in Detroit. The Padres lost the final three games of the 1984 World Series at Tiger Stadium, were swept in a three-game series at Comerica Park in 2007 and lost 12-4 on Monday.
Candelario finished with two hits and three RBIs. Rookie Riley Greene, All-Star Miguel Cabrera and Harold Castro also had two hits in Detroit’s 12th loss in 15 games.
The Tigers trailed 3-0 before rallying in the seventh. Cabrera hit a leadoff double ahead of Candelario’s 10th homer, a drive to right against Mike Clevinger.
Castro led off the Detroit ninth with a base hit against Padres closer Taylor Rogers, but Jurickson Profar made a diving catch of Jonathan Schoop’s foul fly to left for the first out. Pinch-hitter Eric Haase, who hit a grand slam in Monday’s win, struck out, but Robbie Grossman walked.
Greene fell behind 0-2 before tying the game with a single to left, but Rogers (1-4) struck out Baez to force extra innings.
The Padres got good news before the game when Fernando Tatis, Jr. took batting practice for the first time since hurting his wrist in March. Tatis could start a minor league rehab assignment within a week.
Cabrera’s seventh-inning double was No. 606 for his career, tying Paul Waner for 14th place.
As the Tigers struggled through the 10th, fans broke into the Pistons’ trademark chant of “Detroit Basketball!” as well as “Let’s Go Red Wings.”
The teams finish the three-game series on Wednesday afternoon, with Detroit’s Tarik Skubal (7-8, 3.88 ERA) facing Yu Darvish (9-4, 3.28 ERA).