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Detroit at Washington

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Detroit (42-29) «1002050008131
Washington (30-42)000300100491

Tigers 8, Nationals 4

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- During the Detroit Tigers' three days in Washington, a half-dozen players went to Capitol Hill, while Justin Verlander got to spend 20 minutes with President Bush in the Oval Office.

Exciting? Sure. But that's nothing compared to what they did with their bats.

Considering they were strangers to the nation's capital, the Tigers sure made themselves at home, scoring 32 runs in three games in their first visit to RFK Stadium in 36 years. They wrapped up their three-game series Wednesday night by pounding the Washington Nationals pitching staff yet again, winning 8-4 to give Jeremy Bonderman his eighth straight victory.

"You're seeing what professional hitting is supposed to be like," manager Jim Leyland said. "But it's not that easy. We'll have our fights and have our battles; you don't just hit like that all the time."

If they did, the rest of the majors might have to shut down. The top-hitting club in baseball has won five of six, averaging nine runs over that span.

"You see them up close instead of just watching on TV, you realize you'd better play a pretty perfect game to win," Nationals outfielder Austin Kearns said. "They're good."

Detroit broke open Wednesday's game with five runs in the sixth against Washington's bullpen. Magglio Ordonez finished with three hits and Carlos Guillen had two, including a fourth-inning golf-swing home run that bounced on the top of the left field wall.

Ordonez (7-for-10) and Guillen (6-for-12) were two of four Tigers to bat .500 or better in the series. Both players have eight-game hitting streaks.

"We may not have the best 3-4-5 or best 2-3-4 or 7-8-9," Leyland said. "But 1 through 9 we're pretty good."

Bonderman (8-0) has won eight straight starts after beginning the year with five no decisions, and once again he got plenty of run support. He only pitched five innings -- matching his shortest outing of the season -- and allowed three runs and five hits. His ERA is 6.88 over his last three starts.

"We're scoring a lot of runs, so as pitchers we don't really have to do a ton," said Bonderman, who was removed for pinch hitter Gary Sheffield with the bases loaded in the sixth. "We just have to give them a chance to score a bunch of runs. We do that quite often it seems like."

The score was tied 3-3 when Bonderman completed the fifth, but Detroit sent nine men to the plate in the sixth. Washington manager Manny Acta felt he had the Tigers right where he wanted them: Starter Mike Bacsik had given him five innings, and Acta had set aside the rest of the game for his four best relievers: Saul Rivera, Jesus Colome, Jon Rauch and Chad Cordero.

But Rivera (1-2) opened the inning by giving up two walks and a single to the only three batters he faced. Brandon Inge then singled home a run off Colome to make it 4-3. Omar Infante battled through a 12-pitch at-bat before singling to right to give the Tigers a two-run lead. After Sheffield fouled out, Curtis Granderson singled home two more runs. Another scored on Craig Monroe's groundout to complete the five-run inning.

"Everything happened the way we wanted," Acta said. "We wanted to get through the fifth in the ballgame -- it was actually tied -- because we had our bullpen rested. We wanted to throw our four best guys at them, and unfortunately two of them were off today."

Cristian Guzman had an RBI single in the seventh for the Nationals, who have lost five of six. Washington brought the tying run to the plate in the eighth with two outs after a single, a hit batter and a walk, but pinch hitter Ronnie Belliard flied out to left.

Notes

Tigers C Ivan Rodriguez left the game with one out in the bottom of the fourth with cramps in his right hamstring. He is day-to-day. ... Ordonez is 16-for-29 during his eight-game hitting streak. ... The last Tigers pitcher to win eight straight starts was Dave Mlicki in 1999. ... Washington CF Brandon Watson, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Columbus earlier in the day, batted eighth and went 0-for-3, replacing the platoon of Ryan Langerhans and Nook Logan. RHP Chris Schroder, recalled from Triple-A Columbus earlier in the day, made his season debut by pitching one scoreless inning. Watson and Schroder are the 36th and 37th players to play for the Nationals this season. ... Washington RHP Jason Bergmann allowed three hits and one run Wednesday night in a rehab start for Columbus. He will return to the Nationals' rotation Tuesday against Atlanta.

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Ordonez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Detroit

C. Guillen
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5022011 .297
Craig Monroe, LF5121000 .238
Marcus Thames, 1B4010013 .245
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Placido Polanco, 2B1010000 .339
Magglio Ordonez, RF4231100 .383
Carlos Guillen, SS5222013 .319
Ivan Rodriguez, C2000000 .290
    Mike Rabelo, C1100100 .277
Brandon Inge, 3B4111010 .255
Omar Infante, 2B4111010 .319
    Fernando Rodney, P0000000 .000
    Todd Jones, P0000000 .000
Jeremy Bonderman, P2000000 .167
   a- Gary Sheffield, PH1000003 .293
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
    Sean Casey, 1B1000000 .286
Totals39813825  
a-fouled out for Bonderman in the 6th
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (17, C. Cordero)
HR - Carlos Guillen (11, Bacsik)
RBI - Curtis Granderson 2 (38), Craig Monroe (40), Magglio Ordonez (67), Carlos Guillen 2 (50), Brandon Inge (36), Omar Infante (11)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Infante-Guillen-Thames
PB - Mike Rabelo (3)
E - Jeremy Bonderman (1, Throwing(With the count 1-0,))
Detroit Tigers
Jeremy Bonderman (W,8-0) 5533140 4.01
Jason Grilli 1100010 5.73
Tim Byrdak 1311000 3.44
Fernando Rodney 1000100 5.53
Todd Jones 1000010 5.65
HBP - Church (by Fernando Rodney)
WP - Jeremy Bonderman (7), Jason Grilli (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 49-33, Jason Grilli 17-10, Tim Byrdak 26-20, Fernando Rodney 24-12, Todd Jones 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 5-5, Jason Grilli 1-1, Tim Byrdak 2-1, Todd Jones 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 20, Jason Grilli 4, Tim Byrdak 6, Fernando Rodney 5, Todd Jones 3
Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS5011011 .327
Felipe Lopez, 2B5110012 .230
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4010021 .250
Dmitri Young, 1B4111001 .336
Austin Kearns, RF4120001 .259
Ryan Church, LF3021001 .266
Brian Schneider, C3110121 .237
Brandon Watson, CF3000002 .000
   a- Ronnie Belliard, PH1000003 .287
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
Mike Bacsik Jr., P1000000 .125
   b- Ryan Langerhans, PH0000100 .176
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
    Chris Schroder, P0000000 .000
   c- Tony Batista, PH1000001 .250
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
    Nook Logan, CF1000000 .202
Totals3549326  
a-flied out for Watson in the 8th
b-walked for Bacsik in the 5th
c-popped out for Schroder in the 7th
Batting
2B - Austin Kearns 2 (20, Bonderman, Grilli), Ryan Church (22, Bonderman), Brian Schneider (8, Byrdak)
RBI - Cristian Guzman (12), Dmitri Young (35), Ryan Church (34)
2-OUT RBI - Cristian Guzman (6)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Zimmerman-F. Lopez-Young, F. Lopez-Young
E - Cristian Guzman (8, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Mike Bacsik Jr. 5633021 4.70
Saul Rivera (L,1-2)0133200 3.73
Jesus Colome 1322000 2.86
Chris Schroder 1000010 0.00
Jon Rauch 1000020 4.62
Chad Cordero 1300000 2.65
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Bacsik Jr. 67-44, Saul Rivera 10-3, Jesus Colome 30-20, Chris Schroder 10-8, Jon Rauch 17-11, Chad Cordero 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Bacsik Jr. 8-5, Jesus Colome 2-1, Chris Schroder 1-1, Chad Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Bacsik Jr. 21, Saul Rivera 3, Jesus Colome 6, Chris Schroder 3, Jon Rauch 3, Chad Cordero 5
Game Information
Attendance - 26637
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Brian Gorman