Detroit at San Diego

San Diego
W: J. Verlander (4-9) L: R. Wolf (5-6)
S: T. Jones (14)
HR: DET - M. Ordonez (12), I. Rodriguez (2)   SD - A. Gonzalez (21)

Verlander tabs first road win, Tigers take rubber game from Padres wire reports

SAN DIEGO -- The road has not been kind to Justin Verlander this season, even if he was completely oblivious to the fact.

"I hadn't had one?" Verlander said of his six-game road winless streak. "I didn't know."

The right-hander hadn't won on the road since last September at Oakland, but he struck out a season-high 10 at Petco Park, working around five walks and five hits, in the Detroit Tigers' 5-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

"It's not a big deal," Verlander said. "It's big to get a win."

Magglio Ordonez added a two-run homer for the Tigers, who won for the 10th time in 12 games in taking the rubber-game of the series. Todd Jones, the fourth Detroit reliever, came on in the ninth to pick up his 14th save in 14 opportunities.

Jones was hit in his right knee by a ball hit by Jody Gerut leading off the ninth. After a few warmup pitches, Jones remained in the game and got Adrian Gonzalez for the first time in five plate appearances on a fly to center for the final out.

Verlander threw 115 pitches, but those included two intentional walks to Gonzalez with a runner on second and one out each time.

"I don't like to get my pitch count up there like that," Verlander said. "I was trying to keep it down. I was really trying to steer away from strikeouts."

Gonzalez finished 2-for-3 with a pair of walks for San Diego, and hit his 21st homer of the season off Verlander in the first inning.

Carlos Guillen tied it up with an RBI single in the third before Ordonez connected off Randy Wolf (5-6) in the fifth for his 12th homer, giving the Tigers a 3-1 lead.

"I left a curve ball up over the plate," Wolf said. "Obviously it wasn't where I wanted it to be. I think that was kind of the difference in the game. Those are ones that make it tough to sleep at night."

Ordonez added an RBI double in the seventh off reliever Cla Meredith that made it 4-2.

In the seventh, Gonzalez was thrown out at home trying to score behind his brother Edgar Gonzalez on Khalil Greene's double off reliever Joel Zumaya. Left-fielder Marcus Thames grabbed the ball on a bounce off the wall, threw to shortstop Edgar Renteria, who fired a one-hopper to Ivan Rodriguez to keep the Tigers in front.

Rodriguez hit his second home run of the season in the eighth off San Diego's Heath Bell.

Wolf struck out a season-high 10 for the Padres, but gave up six hits and three runs -- only one of which was earned.

San Diego manager Bud Black was ejected for the second time this year after arguing a call on a ball hit by Michael Barrett in the eighth inning.

With a man on first and nobody out, Barrett hit a ball to the left of the plate that headed toward third base. Barrett stopped and pointed to his left foot as if he was hit, but plate umpire Jim Joyce didn't react. The play continued with the Tigers turning a 5-4-3 double play.

"From (Joyce's) vantage point he thought it didn't hit him," Black said. "I thought otherwise."


  • Padres closer Trevor Hoffman threw a perfect ninth inning appearing against the Tigers for the first time in his career. The only team Hoffman hasn't faced is Minnesota, who come into San Diego Tuesday through Thursday.
  • Adrian Gonzalez was on base four straight times with his home run, single and two walks before flying out to center to end the game.
  • Detroit's Marcus Thames went 2-for-4 and has now hit safely in nine of his last 11 games, during which he's batting .314 with eight home runs and 13 RBI.
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C Ivan Rodriguez prevents S.D. from tying the game by tagging out Adrian Gonzalez in the seventh.  (AP)
C Ivan Rodriguez prevents S.D. from tying the game by tagging out Adrian Gonzalez in the seventh. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Ordonez
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
San Diego

A. Gonzalez
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Detroit Tigers
Edgar Renteria, SS4210121 .266
Ryan Raburn, 2B5000011 .208
Carlos Guillen, 3B-1B5111011 .300
Magglio Ordonez, RF5123021 .302
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3000112 .275
    Joel Zumaya, P0000000 .000
    Zach Miner, P0000000 .000
    Todd Jones, P0000000 .000
Marcus Thames, LF4020020 .262
    Clete Thomas, LF0000000 .290
Ivan Rodriguez, C2121200 .275
Curtis Granderson, CF4010005 .265
Justin Verlander, P3000035 .000
    Bobby Seay, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Inge, 3B1000011 .215
2B - Magglio Ordonez (18, Meredith)
HR - Magglio Ordonez (12, Wolf), Ivan Rodriguez (2, Bell)
RBI - Carlos Guillen (37), Magglio Ordonez 3 (48), Ivan Rodriguez (23)
2-OUT RBI - Magglio Ordonez 3 (26)
SB - Edgar Renteria (2, 3rd base off Wolf/Barrett)
CS - Marcus Thames (1, 3rd base by Wolf/Barrett)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Marcus Thames 1
DP - Inge-Raburn-Guillen, Renteria-Guillen
E - Justin Verlander (1, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander (W,4-9) 5.15225101 4.49
Bobby Seay (H,4) 0.2000010 3.63
Joel Zumaya (H,1) 1211100 5.40
Zach Miner (H,6) 1000010 4.58
Todd Jones (S,14) 1100000 3.81
IBB - Gonzalez by Justin Verlander, by Gonzalez
HBP - Hairston (by Zach Miner)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 115-70, Bobby Seay 10-5, Joel Zumaya 20-12, Zach Miner 15-9, Todd Jones 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 2-4, Bobby Seay 1-0, Zach Miner 1-0, Todd Jones 1-1
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 26, Bobby Seay 2, Joel Zumaya 5, Zach Miner 3, Todd Jones 3
San Diego Padres
Jody Gerut, CF5030002 .289
Edgar Gonzalez, 2B4101122 .309
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3121200 .294
Chase Headley, 3B4000035 .292
Paul McAnulty, RF3000116 .214
Khalil Greene, SS4021011 .234
Scott Hairston, LF2000101 .225
Michael Barrett, C4010023 .187
Randy Wolf, P1100112 .179
   a- Brian Giles, PH0000000 .297
   b- Tony Clark, PH1000012 .234
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   c- Craig Stansberry, PH1000010 .300
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
a-announced for Wolf in the 6th
b-struck out for Giles in the 6th
c-struck out for Bell in the 8th
2B - Jody Gerut 2 (7, Verlander, Verlander), Khalil Greene (10, Zumaya)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (21, Verlander)
RBI - Edgar Gonzalez (10), Adrian Gonzalez (65), Khalil Greene (30)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (22), Khalil Greene (7)
Team LOB - 9
E - Michael Barrett (2, Throwing), Cla Meredith (1, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Randy Wolf (L,5-6) 66324101 4.09
Cla Meredith 1110010 4.58
Heath Bell 1211021 2.32
Trevor Hoffman 1000000 4.32
WP - Randy Wolf (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 103-66, Cla Meredith 16-12, Heath Bell 17-13, Trevor Hoffman 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 2-5, Cla Meredith 2-1, Trevor Hoffman 2-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 27, Cla Meredith 5, Heath Bell 5, Trevor Hoffman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28779
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Tim Tschida