Tigers 7, Reds 6

Detroit manager Jim Leyland told reporters Saturday that he

wanted to get out of Cincinnati without facing Aroldis Chapman. His

wounded Tigers ended up handing the Cuban left-hander his second

loss of the season Sunday night.

Austin Jackson homered and hit a two-run double off Chapman

during a four-run eighth inning, rallying the Tigers to a 7-6

victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

”To show you how dumb I am, I was thinking about resting

Jackson but when (Brennan) Boesch went down I couldn’t,” Leyland


Jackson came off the disabled list Saturday. Boesch sprained his

right ankle sliding into home plate that day and could only

pinch-hit on Sunday. But his single loaded the bases in the eighth

and helped set up the Tigers’ big inning.

Virtually unhittable all season, Chapman (4-2) entered with two

on in the eighth and the Reds leading 6-3. He gave up a single to

Boesch and hit Matt Young with a pitch, forcing in a run.

”It grazed my elbow,” Young said. ”For an 0-for-2 day with

two strikeouts, it was a good day.”

Jackson’s double tied it and Young scored the go-ahead run on

Chapman’s wild pitch, helping the Tigers take two of three in the

interleague series.

”The guys played hard and never gave up. They finally did

enough to win one. We hung in there,” Leyland said. ”We beat a

guy that throws 105 mph. That’s pretty good.”

Chapman finished off the middle of Detroit’s lineup after the

damage was done.

”Sometimes it happens,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. ”I

don’t care how good you are. He spoiled us by being so good and he

will be great again.”

Cincinnati wasted Todd Frazier’s homer and career-high four

RBIs. The Reds dropped into a tie with Pittsburgh for first place

in the NL Central with their third loss in four games.

”I would rather have one RBI and get the win, but we’re still

in first place,” Frazier said. ”Tied or not, we’re still the


Brayan Villareal (3-1) pitched two innings for the win. Jose

Valverde worked the ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances.

The Reds took a 2-0 lead against Drew Smyly in the second on

Frazier’s broken-bat, two-run single, his second two-run single in

two days.

Zack Cozart made it 3-0 with his seventh homer leading off the

third inning, the last for Smyly, who left with a blister on the

middle finger of his pitching hand. The rookie left-hander allowed

four hits and three runs with one walk and three strikeouts.

”It was the worst blister I’ve ever seen,” Leyland said.

Detroit got on the board against Homer Bailey in the fourth with

a two-out rally that started with Prince Fielder’s walk. Delmon

Young doubled and Fielder scored when second baseman Brandon

Phillips couldn’t make a do-or-die backhand grab of Ramon

Santiago’s chopper near second base. Phillips was charged with an

error, which was changed two innings later by the official scorer

to a hit for Santiago.

The Reds got the run back in the bottom half on Devin Mesoraco’s

432-foot solo homer into the second deck in left field off Luis

Marte, his fourth homer of the year.

Detroit came right back with Jackson’s opposite-field solo shot

to right in the fifth, his sixth homer of the season. Bailey then

hit Quintin Berry with a pitch and Miguel Cabrera just missed tying

the game with a drive that Chris Heisey hauled in a step from the

right-center wall.

Frazier gave the Reds a 6-2 lead in the sixth with his seventh

homer, a 346-foot, opposite-field fly off Villareal that Berry just

missed catching before it bounced off the top of the wall and was

gathered in by fans.

”Taking two out of three from a first-place team and a really

good team is a step in the right direction. We’ve certainly been

challenged. We need to get a couple of our guys back,” Leyland

said. ”We’ve got to be tough.”

NOTES: Boesch was scratched from the starting lineup because of

the right ankle sprain he sustained while scoring the decisive run

in Saturday’s 3-2 win. He was replaced in right field by Berry. …

LHP Casey Crosby, who isn’t scheduled to start for the Tigers until

Friday, will be available in the bullpen, Leyland said, adding that

he hopes RHP Octavio Dotel might be ready by Tuesday. Dotel hasn’t

pitched since June 2 because of elbow inflammation. … Reds 1B

Joey Votto went 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at a career-high

15 games.