Braves 5, Tigers 5, 11 innings

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Michael Ryan, Jonathan Schuerholz and James Jurries had solo home runs for the Atlanta Braves Wednesday in an 11-inning, 5-to-5 tie with the Detroit Tigers.

The tie failed to break Atlanta's string of three straight losses in the Grapefruit League, but it was better than the hemorrhage of 24 runs the Braves gave up in the previous three spring games.

Atlanta starter John Thomson pitched three scoreless innnings.

Ryan led off the game with a home run off Justin Verlander, but the Tigers rallied to take a 3-to-1 lead in the fourth inning, including a two-run double by Brandon Inge.

The Braves tied the game in the eighth, then made it 5-to-3 on back-to-back homers in the ninth by Jurries and Schuerholz -- the son of general manager John Schuerholz.

Detroit responded with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on a run-scoring triple by Curtis Granderson. He later scored on an R-B-I single by Don Kelly, who had three hits in the game.

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