Tigers stage rally but Guardians complete sweep with 4-3 win in 10 innings


Detroit — This continues to be an exercise in frustration and futility for the Tigers.


After rallying for a pair of runs late in the ninth inning to tie the game, closer Gregory Soto gave up a two-out RBI single to Oscar Gonzalez in the top of the 10th and the Cleveland Guardians finished the three-out sweep Tigers matches at Comerica Park with a 4-3 victory.

The Guardians were no closer to Emmanuel Clase on Thursday. Guardians coach Terry Francona has used him in the first two games, even to protect a three-point lead on Tuesday, and in three of the last four.

The Tigers took advantage of this.

Tigers third baseman Willi Castro catches a pop-up in the first inning.

Against right-hander Trevor Stephan, Harold Castro and Willi Castro set the table with a walk and a single. It was the third success of the day for Willi Castro. Jonathan Schoop followed with an RBI brace.

Then, after pinch hitter Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked around, Francona called in right-hander Enyel De Los Santos.

Eric Haase hit a hard ground ball that deflected De Los Santos and ended up being the equal scoring force in second.

But the winning run fell through at third base.

The Tigers are 1-6 in that brief home stint and now have 27 games under .500 (43-70). They have scored two points or less in four of seven games. In the three losses to Cleveland, they struck out 39 times.