DETROIT — Yan Gomez and Nick Madrigal had doubles in the ninth inning and the Chicago Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers 7-6 on Monday night.
The Cubs let a three-run lead slip in the top of the eighth, but quickly regained the lead.
Gomez led off the inning with a double and Madrigal scored before giving Chicago a two-run lead with an RBI double. That score was necessary after Matt Vierling’s single brought Detroit within one run.
Seiya Suzuki hit a three-run second inning for the second consecutive day to help the Cubs take an early lead and win their third straight game to maintain their lead in the league’s final wild-card race at Nationals.
Daniel Palencia (3-0) retired two batters and Michael Fulmer stranded two runners in the eighth to tie the score after allowing three runs in one inning against his former team. Mark Leiter Jr. finished the ninth for his fourth save in six chances.
Beau Breiske (0-1) allowed two runs on three hits in the ninth.
For the Tigers, Puerto Rican Javier Baez is 4-1 with two RBIs.