After earning a place in baseball lore on Monday, the Detroit Tigers are riding momentum through the rest of the week.
Rajai Davis stepped to the plate with his team trailing, 4-1, to the Oakland Athletics on Monday night in front of 42,477 fans at Comerica Park. Davis then planted a hanging slide in the left field bleachers for a grand slam.
And a walk-off winner, at that.
According to Tony Paul of the Detroit Free Press there have been only 27 other instances like this. A walk-off, grand slam winner, with two outs and a team trailing by exactly three runs.
It's a homer that will live in infamy for all of the Major Leagues, but its impact is much greater for the 2014 Tigers as they make a run towards the postseason.
Detroit has won four games in a row, stemming from Monday's thriller. It swept the Athletics with the 5-4 win, followed by 3-0 victory then a 9-3 triumph.
On Thursday, the Tigers jumped on the Tampa Bay Rays early and cruised to an 8-1 win in the opener of a four-game series.
Ian Kinsler, Torii Hunter and Victor Martinez all hit home runs in the first inning as Detroit jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the opening frame. John Lowe writes that it was the first time that feat of the long ball has been accomplished in the first inning at home since June 16, 2006.
The Tigers advanced to the World Series that year and appear to be headed in that same direction. They are now 14 games above .500 with a record of 48-34. They totaled 15 hits on Thursday and put four runs on the board before Rays starter Erik Bedard even recorded the first out.
Max Scherzer, on the other hand, evaded an early miscue and only allowed two hits over eight innings to earn his 10th win of the season. He struck out seven while only allowing one run to lower his earned run average to 3.47.
Davis' methodical home run on Monday, his sixth of the year, was the second of that game as Miguel Cabrera launched his 14th of the season in the sixth inning. With a J.D. Martinez blast on Tuesday and the barrage of home runs on Thursday, Detroit now has six home runs on the week and 90 on the year, which ranks sixth in all of the Major Leagues.
Victor Martinez is the league leader in home runs with 21, which is fourth in the league behind three players who are tied at 26. Cabrera is tied with Yoenis Cespedes for 15th in the American League.
If the home runs continue for the Tigers, the wins will continue to add up like they have all season.
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