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Tigers 6, Rockies 4

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- Detroit Tigers manager Alan Trammell has seen enough strange finishes at Coors Field to never feel comfortable with any lead.

The way the Tigers' bullpen is pitching, maybe he won't worry so much.

Brandon Inge hit a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning, Rondell White had three hits and drove in two runs and Detroit's relievers held the lead again, helping the Tigers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-4 on Saturday night.

"I'm just glad it's over because I know that a two-run lead in the ninth is nothing," Trammell said. "Lots of strange things happen here."

It's easy to see why Trammell might be skittish. After all, he was at Coors Field last year when the Tigers blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning and an eight-run lead in consecutive games.

But this time there were no big rallies. Detroit's bullpen made sure of that.

Jeremy Bonderman pitched well enough to keep Detroit close, but Trammell lifted him after six innings because of a 44-minute rain delay in the second inning.

No problem.

Jamie Walker worked the seventh, Kyle Farnsworth extended his scoreless streak to 12 2/3 innings in the eighth and Troy Percival finished it off with his fourth save to push the bullpen's scoreless streak to 12 1/3 innings.

"We have a great bullpen," Bonderman said. "As a starting pitcher you want to go deep into it, but I know that when I come out of the game we have a good chance of winning that game."

The Rockies beat the Tigers 2-0 on Friday in cold and damp conditions to match the lowest-scoring game in Coors Field history.

With the air warmer and much drier, the balls started flying around again - at least for a little while.

Detroit didn't waste any time after managing one run in its previous two games, scoring twice in the first inning on a fielder's choice and Craig Monroe's run-scoring single. The Tigers had four hits in the inning, three short of their total the day before, and finished with 12 to end a six-game losing streak to Colorado.

Preston Wilson ended a 1-for-10 slump with three hits, including an RBI single in the first inning, but the Rockies were 4-for-18 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 runners.

Colorado has lost four of five since starting interleague play this week.

"We have a lot of young players going the wrong way on offense," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

Bonderman (7-4) gave up two runs in the first inning, but seemed stronger after the rain delay.

Hitting the mid-90s with his fastball, he prevented the Rockies from having a big inning, allowing four runs and eight hits in six innings for his second win in six starts.

"I didn't feel comfortable in the first inning. I haven't felt comfortable in a while, mechanically," Bonderman said. "When we came back out, I just started throwing at them. I just reached back and let it fly, challenging guys and coming right at them."

Rockies starter Jason Jennings (3-7) did the same thing, only with different results.

The right-hander has been hit plenty this season, giving up 80 hits in 71 1/3 innings his first 12 starts, and this game was no exception. Jennings allowed nine hits in six innings and gave up four earned runs for the second straight start and the ninth time this season.

"This was a game with a lot of (junk)," Jennings said. "Groundballs that I wanted that made their way through holes on pitches I made. It was frustrating to say the least."

Detroit went up 3-2 in the third inning after Dmitri Young led off with a double and scored on White's infield single and a throwing error by shortstop Desi Relaford.

Colorado tied it in the fourth on an infield single by Cory Sullivan that took a bad hop on shortstop Tony Giarratano.

The teams traded runs in the fifth -- White's RBI double for the Tigers, matched by Garrett Atkins' run-scoring single -- then Detroit went back up in the sixth on Inge's RBI single. Placido Polanco made it 6-4 in the eighth with a sacrifice fly off Blaine Neal.

Notes

Helton's single in the first inning was his 813th hit at Coors Field, tying Larry Walker's record. ... Hawpe was 0-for-3, extending his hitless streak to 13 at-bats. ... Neal was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing a strike call against Wilson.

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

R. White
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Colorado

G. Atkins
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Detroit Tigers
Brandon Inge, 3B3121210 .306
Placido Polanco, 2B4111003 .313
Dmitri Young, 1B5120003 .269
Rondell White, LF5132000 .302
Ivan Rodriguez, C4010103 .288
Craig Monroe, RF5011024 .255
Tony Giarratano, SS4110114 .192
Nook Logan, CF4110001 .316
Jeremy Bonderman, P3000010 .000
    Jamie Walker, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Shelton, PH1000000 .300
    Kyle Farnsworth, P0000000 .000
    Troy Percival, P0000000 .000
Totals3861254518 
a-grounded out for Walker in the 8th
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (8, J. Jennings), Dmitri Young (14, J. Jennings), Rondell White (11, J. Jennings)
SF - Placido Polanco (1)
RBI - Brandon Inge (27), Placido Polanco (21), Rondell White 2 (31), Craig Monroe (37)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Inge (11), Craig Monroe (10)
SB - Nook Logan (12, 2nd base off J. Jennings/Closser)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Craig Monroe 1
DP - Young
Detroit Tigers
Jeremy Bonderman (W,7-4) 6844220 4.05
Jamie Walker (H,4) 1000000 2.18
Kyle Farnsworth (H,11) 1100030 2.33
Troy Percival (S,4) 1000110 2.93
WP - Jeremy Bonderman (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 92-59, Jamie Walker 15-9, Kyle Farnsworth 17-12, Troy Percival 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 10-5, Jamie Walker 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 27, Jamie Walker 3, Kyle Farnsworth 4, Troy Percival 4
Colorado Rockies
Cory Sullivan, LF5111011 .323
Desi Relaford, SS5000004 .295
Todd Helton, 1B4110010 .260
Preston Wilson, CF4131010 .270
Bradley Hawpe, RF3000112 .270
Garrett Atkins, 3B4022000 .294
Luis Gonzalez, 2B3000002 .267
   a- Eddy Garabito, PH-2B1000011 .333
J.D. Closser, C2110200 .196
Jason Jennings, P2010000 .167
   b- Jorge Piedra, PH1000001 .500
    Blaine Neal, P0000000 .000
    David Cortes, P0000000 .000
   c- Dustan Mohr, PH1000011 .228
Totals354943612 
a-struck out for Gonzalez in the 8th
b-lined out for J. Jennings in the 6th
c-struck out for Cortes in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Cory Sullivan (10), Preston Wilson (33), Garrett Atkins 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Cory Sullivan (7), Garrett Atkins (9)
SB - Preston Wilson (3, 2nd base off Bonderman/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Desi Relaford (6, throwing error)
Colorado Rockies
Jason Jennings (L,3-7) 6954230 5.94
Blaine Neal 2211200 6.75
David Cortes 1100020 3.55
IBB - Inge by Blaine Neal
WP - David Cortes (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Jennings 86-55, Blaine Neal 33-18, David Cortes 21-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Jennings 9-6, Blaine Neal 5-1
Batters Faced - Jason Jennings 29, Blaine Neal 10, David Cortes 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30192
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Tim Tschida