CINCINNATI (AP) - Matt Young went out to right field and fielded some balls off the wall during batting practice, trying to get comfortable with how the ball plays at Great American Ball Park.
With the game on the line, he got a surprise.
Miguel Cairo hit a ball into the right field corner that hugged the wall and eluded Young leading off the 10th inning Friday night, giving the infielder his first triple of the season. Wilson Valdez's safety squeeze bunt one out later sent the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Detroit's first game at Great American Ball Park ended with a rarity. It was the Reds' first game-ending bunt since June 26, 1990, when Jeff Reed did it for a 3-2 win over San Francisco in 12 innings.
Cairo started the rally against left-hander Phil Coke (1-2) with the hit that rolled into the corner and eluded Young.
``It touched every part of the wall,' Young said. ``I took some balls (there) in batting practice, and no ball did what that ball did. It hugged the wall the whole time and gave Cairo a chance to get to third. It's tough and cost us a game.'
One out later, Valdez came up and decided to bunt. Cairo waited until Valdez got the bunt down to take off for home.
The ball went to first baseman Prince Fielder, who grabbed it with his bare hand and flipped it home. Cairo went in headfirst and got his left hand on the plate ahead of the tag, sending the Tigers to their eighth loss in 11 games.
``We knew it was a possibility obviously,' manager Jim Leyland said. ``I didn't call for a pitchout. Prince actually made a good play on it, he was just a little bit late. It was a good call and they executed it.'
Sam LeCure (2-1) pitched two innings, striking out three of the six batters he faced.
Joey Votto had three hits for Cincinnati, including a three-run homer off Rick Porcello. Votto extended his hitting streak to 14 games, matching the longest of his career.
Brennan Boesch and Delmon Young homered for the Tigers, who had never played at Great American Ball Park, which opened in 2003. Detroit's first series in town since 2001 - and a postgame fireworks show to Motor City music - drew the Reds' fourth sellout crowd of the season.
Cincinnati's Chris Heisey made two diving catches in center field, the second robbing Fielder of a hit. Fielder went 0 for 4 with a walk, ending his 14-game hitting streak.
The Tigers also were working with a depleted bullpen. Right-hander Octavio Dotel said after the game that he's been bothered by swelling in the back of his right elbow lately, leaving him unavailable to pitch Friday.
``It's a little bit better,' Dotel said. ``How much? I really can't tell. Hopefully when I wake up tomorrow it's better.'
Votto's homer in the third inning made it 54 straight games with at least one homer at Great American, the longest ongoing streak in the majors. There hasn't been a homerless game in the ballpark since July 29.
During his 14-game streak, Votto has gone 28 of 51 (.549) with three homers and eight doubles.
Boesch came into the game in a 4-for-42 slump. He connected on a solo homer off Mat Latos, the 12th homer the right-hander has allowed in a dozen starts. It was Boesch's first homer since May 17.
Boesch had three hits overall, including an RBI single in the seventh off Jose Arredondo. Young's homer off Arredondo put the Tigers up 5-4 in the eighth, but Todd Frazier tied it in the bottom of the inning with a pinch-hit double.
Frazier was a late scratch at third base because of back spasms.
NOTES: The Tigers are 2-2 in interleague play this season, the Reds 3-1. ... Bronson Arroyo makes his sixth career start against the Tigers on Saturday. He's 2-1 with a 4.65 ERA against Detroit. Justin Verlander starts for the Tigers. ... C Gerald Laird was back in the Tigers lineup after injuring his right hamstring June 1. ... Leyland said OF Austin Jackson could join the team from a rehab stint with Triple-A Toledo. He's been on the DL since May 17 with a strained abdomen. ... Latos singled in the fourth inning, breaking his 0-for-29 slump since Aug. 29.
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