TODAY'S PAPER
44° Good Morning
44° Good Morning
SportsBaseball

Jackson nails runner at plate to end game

DETROIT -- The boxscore says that Jose Valverde extended his franchise-record save streak to 37 Sunday. But he'll be the first to tell anyone that the save really belongs to Tigers centerfielder Austin Jackson.

Jackson threw out Kosuke Fukudome at the plate to complete a game-ending double play and Detroit held on to beat Cleveland, 8-7.

Valverde had walked Fukudome to start the inning and hit Jason Donald on an 0-and-2 pitch.

"This really wasn't my day -- my pitches were going all over the place," Valverde said. "That was the hardest save of my career."

Jack Hannahan bunted the runners over, then pinch hitter Matt LaPorta lined to centerfield and Jackson threw a perfect strike to the plate to get Fukudome by a step.

"It wasn't hit that hard, so I was just trying to get lined up," Jackson said. "I knew I had to get it there on the fly, but I didn't know if I even had a chance until I saw Alex [Avila] put on the tag."

The play ended Detroit's weekend sweep of the Indians in the most-attended three-game series in Comerica Park's 12-season history.

Delmon Young and Victor Martinez homered in a seven-run third inning, but starter Rick Porcello lasted just 32/3 innings despite the big lead.-- AP

Comments

We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.

New York Sports