Note: For an end of game Tigers score update, text SCORES to 80373
CHICAGO (1660 THE FAN) – Justin Verlander returned to form in the series finale Thursday afternoon at Wrigley, helping the Tigers to a 5-3 win over Chicago. Detroit has won five of their last seven, and finished their interleague road trip with a 4-2 record.
Verlander struck out eight in eight innings, and rung up 100-plus miles per hour on multiple occasions. He surrendered two runs, both earned, on five hits and didn’t give up a walk. Jose Valverde secured his 13th save, giving up a run and a hit while striking out one in relief.
The headline before the game was the return of Ryan Raburn, who was recalled from Triple-A Toledo as Drew Smyly went on the 15-day disabled list. The maligned second baseman quieted his critics with 2-for-3 performance at the plate with a run scored and an RBI. He struck out once, and was caught trying to reach third in the second inning.
Prince Fielder opened the scoring in the first with an RBI double with two outs scoring Austin Jackson. Ryan Raburn added an RBI double in the second to extend the Tigers’ lead to 2-0. Chicago came back in the second frame with the help of a Darwin Barney sacrifice fly. Luis Valbuena tied the game at two, grounding out to Raburn, but Bryan LaHair scored on the play.
Detroit broke the tie in the seventh inning when Austin Jackson scored Ryan Raburn on a soft single to left. With Don Kelly at third, Jackson put the game out of reach in the ninth with his seventh home run of the season.
Tony Campana scored on a David DeJesus ground out to pull the Cubs to 5-3. Alfonso Soriano struck out swinging to end the game.
The Tigers return to Comerica Park Friday night to begin a three game set with the Colorado Rockies. Casey Crosby is set to make the start for the Tigers.
First pitch on AM 590 WKZO is 7:05 pm.