Brandon Inge tripled in the go-ahead run for the Tigers in the bottom of the eighth inning and Alex Avila added an RBI-single one batter later, as Detroit extended its season-high winning streak to 7 games with a 7-to-5 victory over Arizona last night at Comerica Park.
The streak has all come against National League teams as Detroit improved its major league best record to 60-and-22 in interleague play since it started in the 2006 season. Magglio Ordonez hit a two-run homer, while Inge finished 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored to send the Diamondbacks to their 14th straight road loss. Phil Coke recorded the final two outs in the eighth to improve to 5-and-0 with the win. Jose Valverde tossed a perfect ninth against his former team to earn his 15th save.
It was a no-decision start for ex-Tiger Dontrelle Willis, who allowed five runs and five hits over five frames in his return to Detroit. The southpaw was traded from Detroit to the D'backs on June 1st. The Tigers recorded the last out right before heavy rains and high winds moved into the area. The victory leaves Detroit just a half game behind first place Minnesota in the American League Central after the Twins lost at Philadelphia.
Former Tiger hurler Edwin Jackson goes to the mound for Arizona tonight against Rick Porcello, who makes his first start since June Ninth when he was rocked by the White Sox for 8 runs and 8 hits in just 3-and a half innings. Miguel Cabrera is expected to play tonight after leaving last night’s game after four innings because of dizziness. Tiger manager Jim Leyland said “Miguel got hit where it isn’t very comfortable” when talking about a hard grounder that went between the Detroit’s first baseman’s legs in the second inning.