Rajai Davis of the Tigers steals third base, beating Josh Donaldson to the bag in the top of the eighth inning. Davis would later score the go-ahead run making the score 6-5. (Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images)
For the second time in as many years, the Tigers saw Rajai Davis pull off quite a trick on the basepaths.
Fortunately for them, this time it was to their benefit.
Davis on Tuesday night caught the A's napping and stole third on catcher Derek Norris' casual throw back to pitcher Fernando Abad — a huge play that set Detroit up for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning when Austin Jackson beat out a potential double-play ball.
It led to a 6-5 win that the tamed Tigers desperately needed.
Turns out, that was a carbon copy of a stunt Davis performed against the Tigers last summer.
At Rogers Centre in Toronto last July 1, Davis, then with the Blue Jays, swiped third when then-Tigers catcher Brayan Pena softly tossed the ball back to Jose Alvarez. That also helped lead to a pivotal run, a victory for Davis' team — and a ticked-off Pena.
"That'll never happen again," Pena vowed afterward, in a chat with The News.
Turns out, however, it sure did.
This time, much to the Tigers' liking.