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San Diego
W: J. Bonderman (8-4) L: W. Williams (2-5)
S: T. Percival (5)
HR: SD - D. Roberts (3)   DET - C. Shelton (1)

Bonderman keeps Padres winless all-time in Detroit

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

DETROIT -- Jeremy Bonderman and the Detroit Tigers have played their best against tough competition.

Bonderman gave up a leadoff home run but little else, pitching seven strong innings and leading Detroit over the NL West-leading San Diego Padres 3-1 Thursday for a three-game sweep.

The fourth-place Tigers (31-32) also pulled off a sweep in late May against the Baltimore Orioles, who are first in the AL East.

"A lot of good things are happening -- good pitching, good defense, timely hitting. When you get all those things it usually adds up to a win," Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. "When you least expect it, when we're not playing very well -- coming off a not-so-good road trip -- we respond."

Detroit struggled offensively on the road last week, losing two of three against Colorado and the Dodgers.

Chris Shelton hit his first homer of the season and added an RBI single for the Tigers. He was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on May 31.

"Shelton really deserves to be up here. He's swinging the bat well," Trammell said.

The Padres fell to 0-6 in Detroit. In the 1984 World Series, they lost all three games at Tiger Stadium.

Dave Roberts opened this game by connecting on a full-count pitch. It was his second leadoff home run of the season and the fourth of his career.

Bonderman (8-4) was in control the rest of the way. He allowed only four hits overall, striking out four and walking three. He said he had no problem with Trammell's decision to pull him after the seventh, ending his chances for a complete game.

"I threw a lot of pitches in the first two innings but was able to get a lot of quick outs after that to stay in the game as long as I did. I had no complaints," Bonderman said.

San Diego, which has lost 11 of 15, threatened in the seventh, putting runners at the corners with one out. Bonderman escaped by getting Khalil Greene to hit into a double play.

Jamie Walker worked a hitless eighth and Troy Percival pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

The Tigers made it 1-all in the second inning when Ivan Rodriguez doubled, moved up on a single by Craig Monroe and scored on Shelton's single.

Brandon Inge led off the third with his team-high sixth triple. Dmitri Young put Detroit ahead with a sacrifice fly off Woody Williams (2-5).

"Woody did a great job, he gave us a chance to win the ballgame. Defensively, we played well," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "Pitching has been good enough to win a couple of ballgames here, but offensively we're just not clicking."

Shelton started the seventh with his homer to left-center. His only other home run came on May 28, 2004, against Baltimore.

Williams went seven innings, giving up six hits.


  • Bochy said RHP Adam Eaton is day-to-day after leaving Wednesday night's 8-2 loss in the third inning with a strained flexor in right index finger. The loss snapped Eaton's career-best eight-game winning streak and was his shortest start since May 9, 2004.
  • The Padres have lost all three series they've played against AL teams this season.
  • Detroit's series against San Francisco this weekend will mark the return of former Tigers manager Luis Pujols and bench coach Felipe Alou.
  • Tigers outfielders have not committed an error since May 15.
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Chris Shelton's first major-league home run is a solo shot in the seventh inning for Detroit.  (AP)
Chris Shelton's first major-league home run is a solo shot in the seventh inning for Detroit. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Shelton
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

J. Bonderman
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 3
K 4

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Robert Fick, LF3000100 .364
Ryan Klesko, DH3000101 .266
Brian Giles, RF3000001 .265
Mark Sweeney, 1B3010110 .275
Ramon Hernandez, C4000023 .280
Geoff Blum, 2B2000100 .260
Khalil Greene, SS3000011 .264
Sean Burroughs, 3B3020000 .275
HR - Dave Roberts (3, Bonderman)
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Team LOB - 5
E - Khalil Greene (7, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Woody Williams (L,2-5) 7633031 4.47
Akinori Otsuka 1000010 3.07
Pitches-Strikes - Woody Williams 99-65, Akinori Otsuka 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Woody Williams 10-9, Akinori Otsuka 2-0
Batters Faced - Woody Williams 28, Akinori Otsuka 3
Detroit Tigers
Brandon Inge, 3B4110010 .302
Placido Polanco, 2B4000001 .330
Dmitri Young, DH3001020 .260
Rondell White, LF4000010 .302
Ivan Rodriguez, C3120001 .288
Craig Monroe, RF3010001 .268
Chris Shelton, 1B3122000 .323
Tony Giarratano, SS3000002 .150
Nook Logan, CF3000002 .306
2B - Ivan Rodriguez (18, Williams)
3B - Brandon Inge (6, Williams)
HR - Chris Shelton (1, Williams)
SF - Dmitri Young (1)
RBI - Dmitri Young (31), Chris Shelton 2 (6)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Polanco-Giarratano-Shelton, Shelton-Giarratano, Giarratano-Polanco-Shelton
E - Craig Monroe (2, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Jeremy Bonderman (W,8-4) 7411341 3.84
Jamie Walker (H,6) 1000100 1.96
Troy Percival (S,5) 1000000 3.12
HBP - Giles (by Jeremy Bonderman)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 103-58, Jamie Walker 12-8, Troy Percival 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 7-7, Jamie Walker 1-2, Troy Percival 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 26, Jamie Walker 4, Troy Percival 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21429
Game Time - 2:02
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Larry Young, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Marvin Hudson