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But that was it.

The Tigers wouldn’t score again, and the vaunted middle of their batting order wasn’t heard from. After a leadoff walk in the eighth, Cabrera, Fielder and Young struck out in succession, and there was a sense that one more San Francisco run would win it.

Marco Scutaro delivered it, singling home the tiebreaking run in the 10th.

“For us to play like we did against this great club, I couldn’t be prouder of these guys,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Now Detroit will have to come back next year and try again to reward owner Mike Ilitch with a title after his big spending. It was Ilitch who signed off on the $214 million deal that made Fielder a Tiger in the offseason.

“I’m disappointed for Mr. Ilitch. We wanted this bad for him,” Leyland said. “But when you’ve been in the game a long time, somebody wins and somebody loses.”