CINCINNATI (AP) — Austin Jackson homered and hit a two-run double off Aroldis Chapman during Detroit’s four-run eighth inning, rallying the Tigers to a 7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday night.
Virtually unhittable all season, Chapman (4-2) entered with two on in the eighth and the Reds leading 6-3. He gave up a single to pinch-hitter Brennan Boesch that loaded the bases and hit Matt Young with a pitch, forcing in a run.
Jackson’s double tied it and Young scored the go-ahead run on Chapman’s wild pitch, helping the Tigers take two of three in the interleague series.
Cincinnati wasted Todd Frazier’s homer and career-high four RBIs. The Reds dropped into a tie with Pittsburgh for first place in the NL Central with their third loss in four games.
Brayan Villareal (3-1) pitched two innings for the win. Jose Valverde worked the ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances.
The Reds took a 2-0 lead against Drew Smyly in the second on Frazier’s broken-bat, two-run single to right-center, his second two-run single in two days.
Zach Cozart increased the lead to 3-0 with his seventh homer of the season leading off the third inning, the last for Smyly, who left with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. The rookie left-hander allowed four hits and three runs with one walk and three strikeouts.
Detroit got on the board against Homer Bailey in the fourth with a two-out rally that started with Prince Fielder’s walk. Delmon Young doubled and Fielder scored when second baseman Brandon Phillips couldn’t make a do-or-die backhand swipe grab of Ramon Santiago’s chopper near second base. Phillips was charged with an error, which was changed two innings later by the official scorer to a hit for Santiago.
The Reds got the run back in the bottom half on Devin Mesoraco’s 432-foot solo homer into the second deck in left field off Luis Marte, his fourth homer of the year.
Detroit came right back with Jackson’s two-out, opposite-field solo shot to right in the fifth, his sixth homer of the season. Bailey then hit Quintin Berry with a pitch and Miguel Cabrera just missed tying the game with a drive that center fielder Chris Heisey hauled in a step away from the right-center field wall.
Frazier gave the Reds a 6-2 lead in the sixth with his seventh homer of the season, a 346-foot opposite-field fly off Villareal that Berry just missed catching before it bounced off the top of the wall and was gathered in by fans.
NOTES: Boesch was scratched from the starting lineup because of the right ankle sprain he sustained while scoring the decisive run in Saturday’s 3-2 win. He was replaced in right field by Berry. … LHP Casey Crosby, who isn’t scheduled to start for the Tigers until Friday, will be available in the bullpen, said manager Jim Leyland, who added that he hoped RHP Octavio Dotel might be ready by Tuesday. Dotel hasn’t pitched since June 2 because of elbow inflammation. … Reds 1B Joey Votto went 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at a career-high 15 games.