Tigers eliminated with 1-0 loss to Teheran, Braves
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Oct 03, 2016,
Oct 03, 2016, 7:20
Markakis gave the Braves a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning with his 13th homer of the season, connecting on a 2-1 slider from reliever Alex Wilson.
The Atlanta Braves, trying to play the spoiler's role in the final series at Turner Field, put a damper on the Detroit Tigers' wild-card hopes in the American League.
The Tigers entered Sunday's game needing to win and have either Baltimore or Toronto lose to avoid elimination.
"All year long we've played well, had a few bad stretches, came back and fought through a lot of adversity", catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. Because when he took the mound, he pitched as if he making a case for himself on that team.
Adonis Garcia's two-RBI single in the bottom of the seventh pushed the Braves lead to three runs.
Up came Miguel Cabrera, so hot the past month, against righty Chaz Roe.
Ausmus credited Braves rookie shortstop Dansby Swanson with an exceptional play on Martinez's sharp grounder.
"I know he's a good right-hand pitcher and we're a right-hand oriented lineup", Ausmus said.
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The Tigers scored once in the ninth on a double by Nick Castellanos and a two-out infield hit by Jose Iglesias, but Jim Johnson retired pinch-hitter Victor Martinez for his 19th save.
All fans will also be given a commemorative Turner Field poster and a special final game commemorative ticket.
For an organization whose greatest successes were built around highest-level pitching, it was only appropriate that the last game at Turner Field was a pitcher's duel won by the Braves.
It saw hundreds of home runs from Chipper and Andruw Jones, Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman fly over its walls, masterful outings from Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz and the team's streak of consecutive division titles swell to 14. He spun six scoreless innings the rest of the way and struck out eight batters in total, surpassing the 250-strikeout mark for the first time since 2011. He is 9-7 with a 4.87 ERA in the first season of a five-year contract worth $110 million. He allowed two other hits, walked three and struck out two, leaving after 66 pitches. He ended Detroit's season by fanning former Braves outfielder Justin Upton on a called third strike with a runner aboard.
Tim Lee, who lost a re-election bid in July as Cobb County Commission chairman, threw out the ceremonial first pitch and then was greeted with a handshake from every player and coach. The franchise is planning on starting the 2017 season at SunTrust Park which is under construction in Cobb County.
The Braves announced that the finale is sold out.
Tigers: Verlander (16-8) leads the AL with 246 strikeouts and ranks second with a.206 opponents' batting average. Teheran had been 0-1 with a 10.61 ERA in past two home starts. RHP Julio Teheran (6-10, 3.33 ERA) will start for the Braves.