Final in 10

Series: Game 3 of 3

Detroit won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, June 10
Montreal 4Final
Detroit 6
Game 2: Tuesday, June 11
Montreal 1Final
Detroit 2
Game 3: Wednesday, June 12
Montreal 2Final
in 10
Detroit 1

Expos 2

(32-33, 13-22 away)

Tigers 1

(23-41, 16-19 home)

7:05 PM ET, June 12, 2002

Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

12345678910 R H E
MON 0000100001 2 - -
DET 0001000000 1 - -

W: S. Stewart (2-1)

L: J. Acevedo (1-2)

S: G. Lloyd (5)

Guerrero homers, scores winning run in 10th

DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit Tigers manager Luis Pujols spent enough time with the Montreal Expos to know what kind of havoc Vladimir Guerrero can wreak on an opponent.

Vladimir Guerrero
Guerrero

On Wednesday night, he got an unwanted refresher course.

Guerrero hit his 16th home run and later used his daring baserunning to set up Andres Galarraga's 10th-inning RBI single as the Expos beat the Tigers 2-1.

"He always plays hard,'' said Pujols, an Expos coach from 1993-2000. "That's what makes him a great player. Monday, he scored from first on a basehit, and he throws and he hits homers and he makes those plays tonight. He's tremendous.''

Expos manager Frank Robinson had no doubts about who won the game for his team.

"This was Vladimir's game,'' he said. "If it hadn't been for him, we'd be going away from here losing 1-0.''

The Tigers had the potential tying run thrown out at the plate in the bottom of the 10th, then left the bases loaded when Graeme Lloyd struck out Randall Simon to end it and prevent a Detroit sweep.

"We won two out of three against Montreal, and I'll take that,'' said Pujols, whose Tigers came into the series having lost 10 of 11. "We played good baseball in the last three days.''

Guerrero led off the 10th with a single against Tigers closer Juan Acevedo (1-2) and took second when the reliever threw away a pickoff attempt.

Troy O'Leary grounded to former Expos third baseman Chris Truby, who looked Guerrero back before throwing to first. But Guerrero broke as soon as Truby released the ball, and beat Simon's throw.

"I took advantage of the second baseman not coming to the bag,'' Guerrero said through a translator. "I knew he wasn't there, so I didn't have to come all the way back to the base and I could gamble for third.''

Truby wasn't surprised by Guerrero's play.

"I knew he was going to do whatever he could to get to third,'' he said. "But the ball wasn't hit hard enough for me to do more than look him back. He knew I was going to have to get the ball over to first.''

Galarraga followed with a liner to center over a drawn-in infield.

Ryan Jackson, called up by the Tigers from the minors before the game, tripled with one out in the 10th. After a walk, Wendell Magee hit a grounder to third baseman Mike Mordecai, and pinch-runner Damian Jackson tried to score from third but was tagged out in a rundown.

"Mordecai made quite a play, because he had to throw around the runner,'' Robinson said.

T.J. Tucker intentionally walked Dmitri Young and Lloyd relieved. Lloyd fell behind in the count 3-0 before coming back to strike out a swinging Simon on a full count for his career-high fifth save.

Simon had struck out only nine times in 206 at-bats this season before fanning in two key spots Wednesday.

"You don't expect to see that,'' Pujols said. "He usually always makes contact. I was shocked when he took the 3-1 pitch -- he never does that. I had him taking 3-0, but he had the green light 3-1. He just must have been looking for something else.''

Scott Stewart (2-1) picked up the win with 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief.

Jeff Weaver pitched nine innings for the Tigers, allowing one run on two hits, but declined to talk to the media after the game. He struck out nine.

Tony Armas Jr. started for Montreal, giving up a run on five hits in 7 1/3 innings.

"Armas did an outstanding job for us tonight,'' Robinson said. "I just didn't want to stretch him any further. Stewart came in and did a good job and Tucker did a good job.''

Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Dmitri Young singled and scored on Simon's double into the right-field corner.

Weaver retired the first 12 batters before Guerrero led off the fifth with his homer.

"On the at-bat before, he had struck me out with the slider, so I was looking for it again,'' he said. "I got good wood on it and it went out.''

The Tigers hadn't drawn an unintentional walk in 36 innings before Armas walked Ramon Santiago and Magee with one out in the eighth. That brought Stewart out of the bullpen to face Young, who had gotten the game-winning hit off him the night before.

This time, Young grounded into a force play at third, but kept the inning alive by beating Fernando Tatis' throw to first. Stewart then struck out Simon to end the inning.

Game notes


Robert Fick led off the Detroit seventh with a double, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games. ... The Tigers finished their season-long homestand with a 3-10 record. They begin a two-week road trip Friday in Arizona. ... Before Wednesday, the home team had won all five games played between Montreal and Detroit.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

SPONSORED HEADLINES