It was a promising season debut for Jacob Turner, but the 21-year-old still doesn't have a Major League victory in four career starts. However, with a 10th-inning rally, the Tigers took their fourth straight series win.
With the bases loaded, Quintin Berry hit a walk-off single back up the middle off Victor Marte to give Detroit a 2-1 victory over St. Louis in the series finale on Thursday.
Marte allowed back-to-back singles to Ramon Santiago and Jhonny Peralta. The reliever then hit Austin Jackson to load the bases with one out. With Berry up, the Cardinals brought the infield in, and Berry's hit snuck through.
Until that point, the Tigers' offense had been kept at bay. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse fired seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball, lowering his ERA to 2.85. His one mistake kept his record at 6-2.
In the fourth inning, Lohse left a 3-2 curveball hanging to Prince Fielder, and the Tigers slugger powered a solo shot 425 feet into the back rows of the right-field seats for the first run of the game. It was all Detroit could muster until the 10th inning.
Facing Turner, ranked the No. 10 big league prospect and the Tigers' No. 1 prospect by MLB.com, the Cardinals' offense couldn't get much done either.
Turner, who made his 2012 debut in front of a sold-out crowd of 40,776 at Comerica Park, remained winless when he exited after a three-walk fifth inning.
With a one-run lead, Turner entered the fifth having only allowed three hits and two walks to the defending World Series champions. However, the Cardinals managed to score the game-tying run.
Rafael Furcal walked, Skip Schumaker doubled and a sacrifice fly by Matt Holliday knotted the game. A leadoff walk to Daniel Descalso could've made Schumaker's double more damaging, but the second baseman was thrown out by Alex Avila trying to steal second.
Turner gave the Tigers five strong innings, allowing one run on four hits. Five walks plagued the right-hander, shortening his day and handing him a third career no-decision.
The Tigers' bullpen followed him up with five scoreless innings. Joaquin Benoit, whom manager Jim Leyland has called the best setup man in baseball, earned his first win of the year.