The Tigers are back in first place in the American League Central after bashing out 17 hits in a 12-to-9 win over the Orioles yesterday afternoon in the opener of a 3-game series at Comerica Park. Detroit now leads the division by a half game over the idle Twins and by one game over the White Sox, who beat the Angels 9-to-2.
Brandon Inge and Carlos Guillen combined to go 6-for-8 with seven rbi’s yesterday for the Tigers. Inge doubled twice and drove in four, while Guillen doubled once as part of his three-hit, three-RBI day. The Tigers went 7-for-17 with runners in scoring position, as they won their 13th game in their last 15 at home.
Eddie Bonine pitched two-and-two-thirds innings of relief, allowing a run while improving to 4-and-0. It was a long game on a 90 degree plus day in Detroit with the first two innings taking an hour and 20 minutes to play.
Detroit led Baltimore 8-to-6 after the opening two frames. The only starter without a hit was red hot rookie Brennan Bosch, who worked the Orioles for four walks in five at bats and scored 3 runs. Armando Galarraga gets the start tonight for Detroit against the Orioles.
The Tigers announced yesterday that reliever Joel Zumaya, who fractured a bone in the right elbow of his pitching arm last week, will undergo surgery next Monday and is expected to be ready to go for the start of next season.
The Cubs won for just the sixth time in 17 games with a 9-to-4 victory at Arizona.