The moment Dustin Ackley's line drive left the bat, Justin Smoak knew he was going to get waved home by third base coach Jeff Datz.
After nearly 4 1/2 hours of baseball and with Seattle running out of players, there really wasn't another choice.
''I knew off the bat I was trying to score. They had to make a perfect relay throw to get me. He was up the line there and I really had nowhere to go. Had to do what I had to do,'' Smoak said.
Detroit catcher Brayan Pena held onto Prince Fielder's relay throw and absorbed a collision with Smoak at home plate for the final out, and the Tigers outlasted the Mariners 2-1 in 14 innings Wednesday night.
Smoak singled with one out off Joaquin Benoit, and with two outs Ackley doubled into the right-field corner. Datz didn't hesitate in waving Smoak around with the potential tying run.
Torii Hunter started the relay from the outfield, and Fielder's throw was up the third base line a bit. Pena, however, caught it in plenty of time and held onto ...