It's the AJ hat trick - a great catch in three consecutive cities on the road. Austin Jackson did it again on Friday night. He hauled back a ball that was over the fence at Camden Yards, robbing Adam Jones of a home run in the eighth that would have been the tying run. Instead the first-place Tigers prevailed 5-4 to maintain a three-game lead over the second-place Cleveland Indians, who beat Minnesota. Jackson took a home run away from Alex Gordon in Kansas City on the first stop of this three-city trip. He went back to the fence to grab Carlos Santana's long drive in the sixth on Thursday night in Cleveland - and now this catch. The Tigers won all three games by one run. In fact, that's a part of their game they've turned around. After being winless in four games decided by one run between June 10 and July 5, it seems like they play a close game almost every night. They've gotten tough in the tight ones, though, winning 11 of 14 games decided by one run since July 6. They scored the difference maker in this one on Jackson's double in the sixth followed by Andy Dirks' single. Dirks had four hits, his best game so far. With a single, double, sacrifice, sacrifice fly, run, RBI and, of course, his catch, it wasn't exactly a bad game for Jackson, either. Or for Jose Valverde, whose save was his 34th in a row - adding another notch to the Tigers' record he set on Thursday night. This wasn't an easy one, though. With a runner at third, Valverde struck out Nolan Reimold to end it.
Austin Jackson's catch of the day keeps Tigers' Central lead at 3 games
Detroit News | Aug 13