Game Report: Cardinals 5, Tigers 2

After losing the first two games in their weekend series in Detroit by walk-offs in the ninth inning, the Cardinals definitely needed something to go their way in the series finale on Sunday.

After watching their first 15 batters go down in order through the fifth inning, however, the Cardinals had to wonder if that was going to happen.

Two innings later it did, when the baseball finally started falling their way in what turned out to be a five-run inning that carried the Cardinals to the win over the Tigers.

The Cardinals sent 10 players to the plate in the inning and recorded the big inning despite hitting only four balls out of the infield, taking advantage of three infield singles, two sacrifice flies and an error by the Tigers.

John Gant was the beneficiary of the big inning after he carried a shutout into the seventh inning.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals first baserunner against Michael Fullmer came when he walked Yairo Munoz on a 3-2 pitch leading off the sixth. Munoz tried to steal on a pitch-out and was thrown out … Greg Garcia also walked and Carson Kelly got the first hit, a single to right, but both runners were left on base … The Cardinals’ luck turned in the seventh, with Kolten Wong’s RBI single producing the first run. Kelly and Jose Martinez also had RBI singles and Munoz and Matt Carpenter delivered sacrifice flies.

On the mound: Gant allowed only two hits through the first six innings before running into trouble in the seventh, when he allowed a pair of two-out RBI doubles. He only walked one and struck out six … Dakota Hudson relieved and after walking the first hitter he faced got a ground ball to get out of the inning … Jordan Hicks pitched a scoreless eighth, working around a two-out walk, before Carlos Martinez worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his second save.

Key stat: Gant has not allowed more than two earned runs in his last seven starts, compiling an ERA of 1.60 (seven earned runs in 39 1/3 innings). He is 4-1 in those starts and the team has won five of the seven games.

Worth noting: Carpenter and manager Mike Shildt were ejected by home plate umpire Lance Barrett in the ninth inning for arguing a called third strike … The win was only the fourth in 18 games for the Cardinals at Comerica Park since the Tigers moved there in 2000 … All seven of the Cardinals hits were singles, and this was only the second time (out of 10 games) the Cardinals have won when they failed to get at least one extra-base hit.

Looking ahead: Adam Wainwright returns to the starting rotation on Monday night when the Cardinals come home to begin a series against the Pirates at Busch Stadium. It will be his first game in the majors since May 13.