Some storybook endings aren’t even endings.
The earlier, and more dramatic, finish on Wednesday night between the Tigers and Indians would have been for Miguel Cabrera’s monstrous home run in the eighth off rookie Danny Salazar to hold on as the winning hit.
Big star refusing to strike out for a fourth time against an impressive kid? It had everything.
Know what, though?
In the debut of his comeback as a Tiger, Jeremy Bonderman as the winning pitcher for working three scoreless innings of relief in a game the Tigers won 6-5 in 14 innings on Prince Fielder’s two-run double was a heck of an ending, too.
As was Joaquin Benoit holding on for his 14th save despite giving up a run in the bottom of the 14th.
Considering all that took place, “this was a dandy,” manager Jim Leyland said of the game.
Once again, though, it all worked out for the first-place Tigers, who not only have won 11 in a row, but have dealt the second-place Indians a severe setback by winning the first three games of the four-game series.
The Tigers came into the series leading the Indians by three games. They now lead by six.
“They have great arms over there,” said Torii Hunter, “but we just don’t give up. We’re professional hitters. We know how to play the game the right way.
“And we know how to come through when we need to.”
Making his first appearance as Tiger since Oct. 1, 2010, Bonderman blanked the Indians on one hit while striking out three in his three innings.