With Gardy in mind, Tigers rally to top Tribe

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DETROIT — The Tigers were getting ready to take their at-bats in the fourth inning Saturday as the Comerica Park scoreboard played a video tribute to manager Ron Gardenhire, who announced his retirement a mere few hours earlier. With the setting sun casting light over the downtown Detroit skyline in

DETROIT — The Tigers were getting ready to take their at-bats in the fourth inning Saturday as the Comerica Park scoreboard played a video tribute to manager Ron Gardenhire, who announced his retirement a mere few hours earlier. With the setting sun casting light over the downtown Detroit skyline in the background, it seemed a perfect snapshot not only for a crazy day, but an unusual Tigers season.

One night after Gardenhire used rookie Daz Cameron as a ninth-inning pinch-hitter in what turned out to be the final move of his managerial career, Cameron hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning to complete a Tigers comeback for a 5-2 win over the Indians. The victory ended Cleveland’s 12-game winning streak at Comerica Park.

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The Tigers took the field with bench coach Lloyd McClendon stepping in as manager, but they competed for Gardenhire.

José Ramírez’s third-inning, two-run double stood as the difference for much of the game despite six-plus quality innings and seven strikeouts from Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull. Daniel Norris stranded a potential insurance run on third with back-to-back strikeouts in the seventh, then Jeimer Candelario made a quick catch to rob Ramírez and a diving tag to double off Cesar Hernandez and end another threat in the eighth.

Harold Castro’s leadoff walk and Niko Goodrum’s one-out single set up Detroit’s go-ahead rally in the bottom of the inning. Former Indians Minor Leaguer Eric Haase worked out of an 0-2 hole against reliever Phil Maton to send a ground-ball single up the middle to tie the game.

Up came Cameron, who was 2-for-28 entering the game but posted a two-hit night. His second hit, an opposite-field line-drive single, scored Goodrum to put the Tigers in front. Victor Reyes’ bases-loaded walk and Willi Castro’s sacrifice fly tacked on insurance runs, the latter of which scored Cameron without a play at the plate as the rookie made an aggressive dash home.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason.

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