Tigers 2, Cardinals 1(10)

Quintin Berry slapped a base hit through the drawn-in infield,

then took off for first base. He raised both hands in the air in

celebration, rounded the bag and ripped off his helmet.

”I’ve never had a walk-off before,” the Detroit outfielder

said. ”I showed it out there, jumping around, acting crazy. You

don’t know what to do with yourself.”

Berry’s tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th inning gave the

Tigers a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. It was

another bright moment for the 27-year-old rookie, who is hitting

.315 on the year.

Detroit also got an encouraging performance from another

youngster. Jacob Turner allowed a run and four hits in five innings

in his first start of the season.

”He did fine. I will say this: He’s much improved,” Detroit

manager Jim Leyland said. ”There’s no question about that. He’s

much improved from the last time I saw him, particularly at the big

league level.”

Prince Fielder homered for the Tigers.

Ramon Santiago and Jhonny Peralta started the winning rally with

one-out singles off Victor Marte (0-1), who then grazed Austin

Jackson’s jersey with a pitch. Berry followed with a grounder up

the middle to end it, and the Tigers poured onto the field to mob

him.

”They gave me a good shot, but it’s the best feeling you could

get, being ripped up a little bit,” Berry said. ”I’ll let them do

it every day.”

Joaquin Benoit (1-1) got the win.

Kyle Lohse allowed a run and four hits in seven innings for the

Cardinals.

The 21-year-old Turner was recalled from Triple-A Toledo before

the game. Left-hander Drew Smyly has been out because of a blister

on his left middle finger.

Turner kept the Tigers in the game while their offense

struggled. He walked five – one intentionally – and struck out

three.

Fielder put Detroit in front with a 425-foot homer in the

fourth. The slugging first baseman flipped his bat forward after

making contact with his huge uppercut swing, and there was no doubt

about his 11th homer of the year.

”I was going to bounce a breaking ball,” Lohse said.

”Unfortunately, I missed bouncing it by about four feet and Prince

killed it.”

The lead didn’t last long. With one out and men on second and

third in the fifth, Matt Holliday lifted a foul fly that Detroit

right fielder Don Kelly caught while almost falling into the seats.

The tying run came home on the play, but after an intentional walk

to Carlos Beltran, Turner got out of the inning on a flyout by

Allen Craig.

Kelly appeared OK after his catch but eventually left in the

eighth with a left knee contusion. He is day to day.

Turner, a first-round draft pick in 2009, posted an 8.53 ERA in

three starts last year. He was named Detroit’s top prospect by

Baseball America earlier this year, and he acquitted himself fine

in his return to the big leagues – against his hometown team,

too.

Turner grew up about 25 miles outside St. Louis, and current

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny actually helped mentor him in high

school.

”My parents came up for the game,” Turner said. ”I grew up

rooting for the Cardinals, so it’s kind of surreal to pitch against

them.”

After Turner departed, Octavio Dotel, Phil Coke, Brayan

Villarreal and Benoit pitched the next five innings, holding the

Cardinals to two hits and striking out six.

The Tigers are without closer Jose Valverde, who has an injured

right wrist.

Daniel Descalso hit a leadoff double against Coke in the

seventh, but the Cardinals couldn’t get him home.

Detroit intentionally walked Beltran with first base open again

in the 10th, and again the move worked. Craig popped out with men

on first and second to end the threat.

Tigers catcher Alex Avila had a single in his return from a

right hamstring injury.

NOTES: The Tigers optioned C Bryan Holaday to Toledo to make

room for Avila. … The Tigers announced a scoring change from a

wacky play in a June 16 game against Colorado. The Rockies

misplayed Miguel Cabrera’s comebacker into a Little League-style

home run, and although there were initially two errors charged on

the play, Cabrera is now being credited with a single in addition

to the two errors. … Detroit now travels to Pittsburgh for a

three-game series. Doug Fister (1-3) takes the mound Friday night

for the Tigers against A.J. Burnett (7-2). … St. Louis plays

three games at Kansas City. Joe Kelly (0-0) starts for the

Cardinals on Friday night against Vin Mazzaro (3-1).