Detroit 6, Cleveland 5 (11 inn.)

Sept. 3, 2003 at 11:07 PM

DETROIT, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Shane Halter opened the 11th inning Wednesday night with a homer off Jose Santiago to lift Detroit to a 6-5 victory over Cleveland.

Detroit has just 36 wins after 138 games this season and need to win seven of their last 24 to avoid the dubious worst-ever record held by the 1962 New York Mets, who finished with 120 losses.

The Tigers have played much better of late, splitting their last 10 games after Halter's heroics. He won the game with his ninth homer, driving a 1-0 pitch from Santiago (1-2) off the outer edge of the left field pole.

Jamie Walker (4-3) recorded the victory after getting the final two outs in the 11th. Detroit was one out away from winning in the ninth before Fernando Rodney gave up a game-tying single to Ben Broussard.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
SB50: Denver Broncos face tough call at QB in 2016
Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend claims he hit her
NFLPA hopes to have independent arbitration for player discipline next season
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Group recreates 'Mario Kart' video game at UK mall