John Hicks' bunt lifts Detroit Tigers to 3-2 win over Tampa Bay Rays in 12 innings

WFTSPublished: May 3, 2018
Published: May 3, 2018

John Hicks' bunt single scored JaCoby Jones in the 12th inning, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Jones started the winning rally with a leadoff triple. Hicks then bunted toward first and the Rays didn't have a chance to make a play at the plate. First baseman Brad Miller, who was playing about 25 feet to the left of first before the pitch, charged in to field the ball and collided with right-hander Matt Andriese (0-1). Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said before the game he had been encouraging his players to try to beat shifts by hitting to the opposite field. Hours later, Gardenhire said he didn't tell Hicks to bunt. Warwick Saupold (1-0) got three outs for the win, striking out two. He combined with five other relievers for six scoreless innings, yielding just two hits.

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