“On the pitch before, I fouled off a fastball that was the best pitch of the at-bat,” Stephenson said. “This game is hard enough without missing good pitches to hit, but I called time and refocused. He made a mistake and I was able to take it right and (Marte) did the rest.”
Reds All-Star closer Alexis Díaz (9-4) got the victory with a scoreless ninth, and former Tiger Buck Farmer pitched the 10th for his third save.
“The contact play with one out is meant to put pressure on the defense, but when it is hit right at someone, it is a fairly easy out at home,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “We were unlucky that it was hit right at India — if it goes 5 feet to his left, Andy is probably safe.”
Farmer then struck out Kerry Carpenter to end the game. The Reds bullpen pitched six scoreless innings, allowing two hits with seven strikeouts.
“That was a great win to end a really fun team win,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Our bullpen pitches great, and they are ready to take on any challenge. That's really important in this game.”
The Tigers took the lead with three runs in the first. With one out, Ibañez homered to left, and Williamson compounded the problem by allowing singles to the next four Detroit hitters. The last two, by Kerry Carpenter and Miguel Cabrera, drove in Spencer Torkelson and Jake Rogers.
“Getting out of the first was big for Joey, but it kind of spiraled on him in the second,” Hinch said. “We didn't do him favors behind him, though.”
Bader's two-run double made it 5-3 in the third, but the Tigers tied it in the fifth on Ibañez's RBI double and Carpenter's run-scoring single.
“We had to battle back from that first inning, but Brandon locked it down and kept us in the game,” Bell said.
Bader was making his second visit to Detroit in less than two weeks. He was playing the Tigers as a member of the Yankees when news leaked that he had been placed on waivers. He was claimed by the Reds during the series and ended leaving Comerica Park to join them.
Votto and Cabrera are both 40 and getting close to the end of their illustrious careers, but Tuesday was only the 12th time they had played against each other.
Because of Cabrera's time with the Marlins, he was facing the Reds for the 40th time, while Votto has only played 19 games against Detroit.
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- Home Plate Umpire - Adrian Johnson
- First Base Umpire - Manny Gonzalez
- Second Base Umpire - Quinn Wolcott
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