A wild pitch brought the Comerica Park crowd to its feet as the go-ahead run stood 90-feet from home plate.
And Mikie Mahtook took advantage with a walk-off RBI single to score Jeimer Candelario.
The Tigers defeated the White Sox 3-2.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria had made all the right choices with his bullpen usage in the bottom of the ninth – but the final choice burned him.
Here’s how the final inning transpired:
It began with White Sox right-handed reliever Al Alburquerque on the mound. Tigers right fielder Nick Castellanos hit a ground ball to Alburquerque, who snagged the ball, spun off the mound, and drew a memory as he threw to first base. (Remember Game 2 of the 2012 ALDS against Oakland, when he fielded a grounder — and then kissed the ball?)
From there, Candelario drew a walk. Catcher James McCann flied out to short centerfield – which caused Candelario to stay put.
Renteria came to the mound and motioned for left-handed reliever Aaron Bummer to face Tigers centerfielder Tyler Collins.
Collins drew a walk, which ultimately advanced Candelario to second base.
Renteria came out to the mound again and motioned for right-hander Juan Minaya to face Mahtook.
A wild pitch during Mahtook’s at-bat allowed the runners to advance to second and third.
Mahtook then delivered with a line drive to center field. It's his first career walk-off hit.
Top 9: Greene gets 1-2-3 inning
Tigers right-hander Shane Greene earned a 1-2-3 frame in the top of the ninth.
The White Sox and Tigers are tied 2-2 at Comerica Park.
In the top of the ninth, Greene retired left-handed pinch-hitter Omar Narvaez (ground out), centerfielder Adam Engel (strike out) and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez (fly out).
Bottom 8: Renteria uses three relievers — and it pays off
White Sox manager Rick Renteria took a page out of Brad Ausmus’ book and used three relievers in the eighth inning.
For Renteria, however, it worked in his favor.
The Tigers and White Sox are tied 2-2 after eight innings.
In the eighth, White Sox right-handed reliever Gregory Infante retired Ian Kinsler (line out) and was pulled.
To the mound next: White Sox left-handed reliever Jace Fry. Ausmus inserted pinch-hitter John Hicks, who lined out on the first pitch of the at-bat. (Hicks replaced Alex Presley, who is 2-for-3 tonight).
From there, as Miguel Cabrera readied to entered the batter’s box, Renteria motioned to the bullpen for right-handed reliever Al Alburquerque.
Alburquerque, a former Tiger (2011-15), struck out Cabrera to end the inning.
Top 8: Ausmus' strategy does not work as planned
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus saw his strategy of three relievers end in a poor result as Matt Davidson’s RBI single tied the game 2-2 in the top of the eighth.
Here’s how the inning transpired: Tigers left-handed reliever Daniel Stumpf earned the first out of the frame by retiring White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada (ground out).
From there, Ausmus pulled Stumpf for right-hander Alex Wilson, who plunked White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu on the second pitch of the at-bat. The Tigers challenged the call on the field that Abreu was hit by the pitch (Abreu nearly swung as he was hit). But the call stood: Abreu was awarded first base.
From there, White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia hit an infield single on a slow chopper. There were two men on base, one out, but left fielder Nicky Delmonico lined out softly to second base. That made two outs.
And that's when Ausmus called to the bullpen again, optioning for right-hander Shane Greene to face Davidson, who took advantage when he singled through the right side of the infield. Abreu scored from second base to tie the game.
Tim Anderson flied out to end the inning.
Bottom 7: Collins hits solo homer
Tyler Collins hit his first home run with Detroit since May 17 to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh.
Collins swung at the first pitch from White Sox reliever Gregory Infante, who threw a 95-mph fastball.
White Sox right-handed starter Carson Fulmer struck out five and walked one in six innings. He gave up four hits and threw 95 pitches but did not come out for the seventh inning.
Collins, who was added to the 40-man roster on Monday, was 2-for-11 in his most recent stint in Detroit, but then hit a clutch homer. He raised his batting average by 51 points (.237 to .288) from July 26 to Sept. 4 at AAA Toledo, prior to returning to Detroit.
Top 7: Stumpf shuts door after two-out error
Tigers right-handed reliever Drew VerHagen took the mound in the top of the seventh inning and became the victim of a two-out error. But the Tigers survived without giving up a run.
It’s 1-1 between the Tigers and White Sox at Comerica Park.
Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez threw 96 pitches through six innings and recorded a season-high 11 strikeouts. But he did not leave the dugout for the seventh as VerHagen entered the game.
VerHagen retired White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and catcher Kevan Smith on ground outs. It appeared the inning was going to end when White Sox centerfielder Adam Engel hit another ground ball. But Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario committed his first error in Detroit when he threw wide and inside of first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
From there, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus inserted left-handed reliever Daniel Stumpf, who needed two pitches to retire Yolmer Sanchez on a fly out (caught by Nick Castellanos).
Anibal Sanchez’s 11 strikeouts are the most since May 24, 2015 vs. Houston. His career high for strikeouts is 17 batters on April 26, 2013 vs. Atlanta, the same year he led the American League in ERA (2.57).
Bottom 6: Quick inning for Tigers bats
White Sox right-hander Carson Fulmer earned a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the sixth at Comerica Park.
The Tigers and White Sox are tied 1-1.
In the sixth, Fulmer retired Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (line out), right fielder Nick Castellanos (fly out) and third baseman Jeimer Candelario (pop out).
Candelario popped out on the first pitch of his at-bat.
Fulmer has struck out five and walked one in six innings. He’s given up four hits and thrown 95 pitches.
Top 6: Sanchez strikes out the side, reaches season-high 11 strikeouts
Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez has a season-high 11 strikeouts.
It’s 1-1 between the Tigers and White Sox at Comerica Park.
White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu led off the top of the sixth with a single. From there, Sanchez struck out the side to reach his highest strikeout total in a game since May 24, 2015 vs. Houston.
White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia went down looking for the first out. From there, Chicago left fielder Nicky Delmonico swung and missed at strike three — but in the process, Abreu stole second base.
Sanchez, however, buckled down and struck out White Sox designated hitter Matt Davidson to end the inning.
Bottom 5: Kinsler draws two out walk
White Sox right-hander Carson Fulmer issued a two-out walk in the bottom of the fifth inning, but escaped without giving up a run.
It’s 1-1 between the Tigers and White Sox at Comerica Park.
In the fifth, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler drew a two-out walk, but left fielder Alex Presley grounded out to end the inning.
Fulmer started the inning by retiring Tigers designated hitter Mikie Mahtook and shortstop Jose Iglesias, both via ground out.
Fulmer has five strikeouts and one walk. He’s given up four hits in five innings.
Top 5: Sanchez matches season-high 8 strikeouts
Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez has matched a season-high mark with eight strikeouts.
The Tigers and White Sox are tied 1-1 at Comerica Park.
In the top of the fifth, White Sox catcher Kevan Smith extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a leadoff double, but Sanchez buckled down by fanning centerfielder Adam Engel.
From there, White Sox third baseman Yolmer Sanchez popped out and second baseman Yoan Moncada struck out.
Bottom 4: Castellanos extends hit streak to career-high 12 games with RBI single
Tigers right fielder Nick Castellanos extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI single to tie the game, 1-1.
Alex Presley and Miguel Cabrera hit consecutive singles to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. Presley (2-for-2) advanced to third base when Cabrera singled and scored on Castellanos’ base hit.
The Tigers, however, could not push across another run despite having two men on base with none out.
Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario flied out on the first pitch of his at-bat. From there, catcher James McCann and centerfielder Tyler Collins both struck out.
White Sox right-handed Carson Fulmer retired eight straight Tigers until Presley led off the frame with a single.
The 12-game hitting streak is a career-high for Castellanos, who upped his RBI total to 88.
During the fourth inning, White Sox catcher Kevan Smith and first baseman Jose Abreu allowed a foul pop up to hit the ground and extend the at-bat for McCann. Smith looked ready to catch the foul ball near the Chicago dugout, but hesitated as he saw Abreu out of the corner of his eye.
McCann, however, could not take advantage and struck out for the second time of the night.
Top 4: Sanchez records sixth strikeout
Tigers right-handed starter Anibal Sanchez recorded his sixth strikeout of the night to end the top of the fourth inning.
The White Sox lead 1-0 at Comerica Park.
Avisaíl García continued his success against the Tigers with a leadoff single, but White Sox left fielder Nicky Delmonico grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. From there, White Sox designated hitter Matt Davidson drew a walk, but Sanchez struck out shortstop Tim Anderson to end the frame.
Garcia is 26-for-62 (.419) against the Tigers this year. On Thursday, Garcia became the second player in White Sox franchise history to notch five hits and seven RBIs in a game.
Bottom 3: Eight straight Tigers retired
White Sox right-hander Carson Fulmer has retired eight straight Tigers batters.
The White Sox lead 1-0 after three innings at Comerica Park.
In the bottom of the third, Fulmer struck out Tigers designated hitter Mikie Mahtook to start the inning. From there, he retired shortstop Jose Iglesias (fly out) and second baseman Ian Kinsler (pop out).
Fulmer has struck out three and walked none tonight. He’s given up one hit.
Top 3: White Sox No. 1 prospect homers
White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada belted a solo homer to give Chicago a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning at Comerica Park.
Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez showed his puzzling, up-and-down form, earning two strikeouts to up his total tonight to five — and yet, one batter later, he watched Moncada round the bases.
Sanchez needed three pitches to strike out centerfielder Adam Engel. He then tossed three pitches to strikeout third baseman Yolmer Sanchez.
But then Sanchez bucked the trend and saw Moncada crank a 90-mph cutter into the right-field seats.
Moncada, who is the No. 1 prospect in the majors according to Baseball America, uncorked his sixth homer of the year.
White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu grounded out to end the inning.
Bottom 2: Fulmer strikes out two
White Sox right-handed starter Carson Fulmer struck out two batters in a scoreless second inning.
It’s 0-0 after two innings at Comerica Park.
Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario grounded out, catcher James McCann struck out swinging and centerfielder Tyler Collins struck out on a foul tip.
Collins is 2-for-10 with six strikeouts since being added to the roster on Monday.
Candelario, who leads the Tigers with a .420 on-base percentage, yet again showed the ability to see multiple pitches in at-bat — a sight that’s been sorely lacking in recent seasons.
Top 2: Sanchez escapes back-to-back singles
Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez gave up back-to-back singles with two outs, but he escaped the inning by striking out White Sox red-hot catcher Kevan Smith.
It’s 0-0 after the top of the second inning at Comerica Park.
White Sox designated hitter Matt Davidson ripped a two-out line drive single, and shortstop Tim Anderson followed with another base hit. That set the table for Smith, who entered tonight with a nine-game hitting streak, but Sanchez struck him out with an 84-mph splitter.
White Sox right fielder (and former Tiger) Avisail Garcia grounded out to start the inning. From there, Sanchez struck out White Sox left fielder Nicky Delmonico — also with a splitter.
Bottom 1: Presley's single goes for naught
White Sox right-handed starter Carson Fulmer gave up a one-out single to Tigers left fielder Alex Presley, but that was the extent of the damage.
It’s 0-0 after the first inning at Comerica Park.
Presley hit a bloop single to left field, but Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera and right fielder Nick Castellanos both flied out.
Ian Kinsler grounded out to start the inning.
Top 1: Sanchez strikes out No. 1 prospect Moncada
Tigers right-handed starter Anibal Sanchez survived the opening inning at Comerica Park.
Sanchez needed nine pitches to earn a 1-2-3 inning. The highlight: Sanchez struck out White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada, a left-handed hitter who’s rated the No. 1 prospect in the majors by Baseball America.
White Sox third baseman Yolmer Sanchez popped out to start the inning, and first baseman Jose Abreu grounded out to end the frame.
Battered Sanchez returns for more
A depleted rotation features Anibal Sanchez on the mound tonight for the Tigers, who have dropped 12 of their past 14 games.
Sanchez has endured back-to-back rough outings. He lasted just five pitches in Kansas City, courtesy of a line drive to the leg. Then Toronto hammered him for 12 hits on Sunday.
In the top of the first tonight, Sanchez will face White Sox third baseman Yolmer Sanchez, second baseman Yoan Moncada and first baseman Jose Abreu.
Six-game skid for Tigers
The Tigers will be out to snap a six-game losing streak as they continue their four-game series with the Chicago White Sox on Friday at Comerica Park. First pitch is 7:10.
The Tigers dropped the opener to the Sox, getting pummeled 17-7 Thursday afternoon despite launching four home runs (Jeimer Candelario, Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler and Nick Castellanos).
Right-hander Anibal Sanchez (3-4, 7.43) starts for the Tigers. He was tagged for the loss in his last outing Sunday against the Blue Jays where he allowed seven runs on 12 hits with one walk and five strikeouts while going 4⅔ innings. Right-hander Carson Fulmer (2-1, 6.00) counters for the White Sox.
White Sox at Tigers
First pitch: 7:10 Friday, Comerica Park, Detroit
TV/radio: Fox Sports Detroit/97.1 FM
Records: The Tigers are 60-86, in fourth place and 30.5 games behind the first-place Indians in the AL Central. The White Sox are 59-87, in last place and trail the Indians by 31.5 games.
1. Yolmer Sanchez, 3B
2. Yoan Moncada, 2B
3. Jose Abreu, 1B
4. Avisail Garcia, RF
5. Nicky Delmonico, LF
6. Matt Davidson, DH
7. Tim Anderson, SS
8. Kevan Smith, C
9. Adam Engel, CF
Carson Fulmer, SP
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Alex Presley, LF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
4. Nick Castellanos, RF
5. Jeimer Candelario, 3B
6. James McCann, C
7. Tyler Collins, CF
8. Mikie Mahtook, DH
9. Jose Iglesias, SS
Anibal Sanchez, SP