Game Report: Tigers 5, Cardinals 3

Kolten Wong might have saved the game with two great defensive plays for the Cardinals in the seventh inning on Friday night, but there was nothing he could do to help his team in the ninth.

Jeimer Candelario hit a 102 miles per hour fastball from Jordan Hicks over the left field wall to break a 3-3 tie and give the Tigers the win over the Cardinals in Detroit.

Hicks had entered the game in the eighth and opened the ninth with a strikeout before giving up a single and the two-run homer, only the second home run allowed by Hicks this season.

The only other home run hit off Hicks this season was by Jason Heyward of the Cubs on June 16 in St. Louis. It was the third walk-off homer allowed by the Cardinals this season, both of the others coming in Milwaukee, one off Dominic Leone on April 3 and one off Bud Norris on June 22.

Wong was back in the lineup for the first time since coming off the disabled list and made his presence known with his glove in the seventh inning, first by being in the right position backing up first base when Dominic Leone made a high throw on a sacrifice bunt, perhaps saving a run.

He then definitely saved at least one run in the tie game when he dove to his left in shallow right field to retire Victor Martinez with the bases loaded, ending the inning.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Marcell Ozuna had his second two homer game in the last three games, leading off both the second and fourth innings with home runs, increasing his season total to 20 … The Cardinals’ only other run scored in the fifth when Wong hit a leadoff double, went to third on a balk and scored on a sacrifice fly by Francisco Pena … The Cardinals had only two hits after Wong’s double, both singles by Harrison Bader, in the seventh and ninth … Bader got to third in the seventh but was stranded when Pena struck out and Matt Carpenter grounded out.

On the mound: Austin Gomber worked into the seventh inning, scattering six hits and allowing the first three Detroit runs. He walked three and struck out six … Leone relieved Gomer and stranded two runners thanks to Wong’s defensive plays … Hicks retired the side on just eight pitches in the eighth, prompting the Cardinals to send him back to the mound for the ninth in the tie game.

Key stat:
This was the Cardinals 13th game in Detroit since 2006 as part of inter-league and was the fourth time they suffered a walk-off loss but was the first of those losses which came on a walk-off home run.

Worth noting: The odds are getting longer than Michael Wacha will be able to pitch again this season. He was scratched from his scheduled start for Memphis in the PCL playoffs on Friday night because of oblique discomfort, the same injury that send him to the disabled list in June … Yadier Molina likely will not play during the series in Detroit after injuring his hamstring Wednesday night in Washington … Jedd Gyorko is expected to be activated from the DL on Saturday.

Looking ahead: Jack Flaherty will get the start on Saturday in the second game of the series.