Detroit 9, Minnesota 8

Sept. 27, 2003 at 11:03 PM
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DETROIT, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Facing a record-tying 120th loss, Detroit rallied for eight runs in the final three innings Saturday and pulled out a 9-8 victory over playoff-bound Minnesota,

Alex Sanchez scored the winning run on a wild pitch. Sanchez drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the ninth against 46-year-old Jesse Orosco (1-1). He stole second and third, then raced home as Warren Morris struck out on a pitch in the dirt that skipped past catcher Rob Bowen.

The Tigers (42-119) won after trailing by eight runs for the first time since a 12-8 triumph over the Kansas City Athletics on June 20, 1965. They ensured they cannot break the major league record for losses owned by the 1962 New York Mets.

Craig Monroe had a career-high four hits for Detroit.

The rally made a winner of Fernando Rodney (1-3), who worked the ninth.

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