DETROIT (AP)—Marcus Thames’ hit with the bases-loaded over a drawn-in outfield completed a two-run rally in the 11th inning and gave the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
Rondell White’s double down the right-field line scored Ivan Rodriguez to tie it at 2 with one out. Rodriguez led off with a double and moved to third on a groundout. Dmitri Young was then walked intentionally and Brian Bruney (0-2) walked Craig Monroe.
Thames then lined a pitch deep into left-center field to score White.
Diamondbacks’ starter Shawn Estes allowed a run and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Tigers’ starter Nate Robertson matched him into the seventh, giving up a run and four hits in 6 2-3 innings. He held Arizona hitless for the first 4 1-3 innings before Royce Clayton’s double into the left-field corner.
Robertson, who was replaced by Doug Creek, walked four and struck out five.
Estes also held the Tigers scoreless until the seventh.
Rodriguez led off with a triple into the right-center gap and scored on Carlos Guillen’s single. After a flyout, Young singled and Monroe walked to load the bases.
Brandon Inge doubled with one out in the Detroit eighth and went to third on a groundout. But Guillen was walked intentionally and White grounded into a force out at second to end the inning.
But Urbina got Craig Counsell to pop up to end the inning.
Tigers RF Magglio Ordonez, on the DL recovering from a hernia operation, began rehabilitation in a pool on Wednesday. … Clayton got his 300th career double. … White stretched his hitting streak to 10 games (14-for-41, .341).