The Tigers broke a 5-5 tie with a two run rally in the eighth inning and beat the Diamondbacks 7-5 tonight. After Brennan Boesch reached first base on an uncharateristic ten pitch walk, Brandon Inge slugged a triple over center fielder Chris Young's head to give the Tigers the lead. Alex Avila followed with a single scoring Inge with an insurance run. The win was the seventh in a row for the Tigers and it pulled them to within a half game of the first place Twins, who lost 9-5 to the Phillies tonight.
The Tigers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead versus old teammate Dontrelle Willis. Magglio Ordonez belted a two run homer in the first to give the Tigers a 2-0 edge. The Bengals added two more in a second inning highlighted by doubles Brandon Inge (three hits on the night) and Danny Worth.
Starter Armando Galarraga was unable to take advantage of his good fortune allowing four runs in 4 1/3 innings and leaving with the game tied 4-4. It was the first poor performance for the right hander since his imperfect game on June 2. As has often been the case this year, the Tigers bullpen bailed out a starter and won the game. Tonight it was Eddie Bonine, Phil Coke and Jose Valverde throwing 3 2/3 scoreless innings.
Red Hot Tigers
Magglio Ordonez is batting .413 in his last 24 games. His .331 batting average is seventh in the American League and his .410 OBP ranks him fifth.
Brandon Inge has hit in 15 of his last 17 games at a .361 clip. He has raised his batting average from .229 to .264 over that period.
Austin Jackson missed his fourth straight game with a lower back strain. With the Tigers winning without him, he may be held out until the series opener versus the Mets in Tuesday at New York.
Miguel Cabrera left tonight's game due to dizziness in the fifth inning. There is no report at this time on the cause of the problem or whether he'll miss any additional time.