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Bonine scatters five hits over eight, Tigers flirt with .500

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers are close to the break-even point.

Eddie Bonine limited Colorado to five hits over eight innings to lift Detroit to a 7-1 win over the Rockies on Friday night.

Curtis Granderson was 4-for-5 with two triples and stretched his career-high hitting streak to 15 games for the Tigers, who have won three straight, 14 of their last 18 and are one game under .500 for the first time since May 1.

The Tigers, who have won their last five series, have a chance to climb to .500 for the first time all season on Saturday night.

"To get this first one today, now we definitely can't go into coast," Granderson said. "We've got to come out tomorrow to try find a way to win tomorrow and hopefully the next day as well, too."

The defending NL champion Rockies have lost five straight and six of their last seven. They have scored 11 runs in their last five contests.

"I can't explain it ... We are making quick outs," second baseman Clint Barmes said. "Like Skip (manager Clint Hurdle) said, we just want to play the game and do the little things well."

Bonine (2-0), making his third major league start, didn't allow a hit until Garrett Atkins' pop fly single to right-center leading off the fifth. He didn't walk a batter and struck out two.

Using a heavy sinker, Bonine got 17 groundball outs.

"I got a lot more ground balls. Usually, the swings will tell you that I was able to keep the ball down, keep it on the ground," he said. "During those last two innings, I got some balls up and they hit some balls hard in the air, too."

Hurdle saluted Bonine.

"He got on a roll where he threw strike one, 1-1 count he threw strike two," the Colorado manager said. "Then you have to swing."

Bonine was 9-2 with a 4.48 ERA at Triple-A Toledo before being brought up to the Tigers on June 14.

"He's kind of been the same all year," said Detroit's Clete Thomas, who was 3-for-3 with a walk. "He came up here and stayed on the same roll."

Bonine loves the Tigers' attitude.

"The guys are having fun, hitting the ball, playing some great defense," he said. "It's very fun every day coming to the clubhouse, it seems like these guys are pretty excited about the day, so it's fun."

Joel Zumaya, who has struggled with his command since returning from the disabled list a week ago, pitched a scoreless ninth.

Ubaldo Jimenez (2-8) gave up four runs and nine hits in four innings, throwing 104 pitches.

In his previous start, Jimenez gave up two hits in eight innings to beat the Mets, his first win since April 8.

"On my breaking ball, my body wasn't in the right position," Jimenez said.

Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the first on Carlos Guillen's run-scoring double and Miguel Cabrera's two-out RBI single. Ivan Rodriguez's two-out run-scoring single in the third made it 3-0. Ordonez hit a two-out RBI single in the fourth to increase the lead to 4-0.

The Tigers made it 5-0 in the sixth on Guillen's double-play grounder.

Colorado scored in the seventh on Jeff Baker's two-out RBI single. It scored Brad Hawpe, who had doubled with one out.

Detroit got two in the ninth on Granderson's run-scoring triple and Placido Polanco's sacrifice fly off Luis Vizcaino.

Troy Tulowitzki went 0-for-3 and is hitless in his last 13 at-bats, dropping his average to .148. With runners on the corners and the Rockies down 4-0 in the fifth, he bounced into an inning-ending double play.

Notes

  • It was Granderson's second consecutive four-hit game. He also 4-for-5 on Thursday against St. Louis.
  • Colorado had its season-high nine game home run streak snapped.
  • Hurdle is a native of Big Rapids, MI., and said many of his relatives would be at the games over the weekend.
  • Rockies' reliever Jason Grilli, who was acquired from the Tigers on April 30, returned to face his former team. After leaving Detroit, he sparked a minor controversy by saying the Tigers had bad team chemistry. He didn't pitch on Friday.
 
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Curtis Granderson has his motor running. His two triples push his average to .294. (US Presswire)
Curtis Granderson has his motor running. His two triples push his average to .294. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Detroit

C. Granderson
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Detroit

E. Bonine
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 0
K 2
 

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Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4010000 .242
Scott Podsednik, DH4000001 .225
Matt Holliday, LF3010000 .328
Brad Hawpe, RF4110012 .263
Garrett Atkins, 3B4010002 .306
Jeff Baker, 1B4011012 .280
Chris Iannetta, C3010001 .271
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3000001 .148
Clint Barmes, 2B3000010 .324
Totals3216103  
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (20, Zumaya), Brad Hawpe (10, Bonine)
RBI - Jeff Baker (23)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Baker (6)
SB - Willy Taveras (36, 2nd base off Bonine/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Barmes-Baker, Barmes-Tulowitzki-Baker
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez (L,2-8) 4944340 4.71
Ryan Speier 3411010 3.49
Luis Vizcaino 1222000 8.00
WP - Ubaldo Jimenez 2 (12)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 103-64, Ryan Speier 26-20, Luis Vizcaino 13-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 5-2, Ryan Speier 4-3, Luis Vizcaino 1-2
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 23, Ryan Speier 12, Luis Vizcaino 5
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5341010 .294
Placido Polanco, 2B4121002 .319
Carlos Guillen, 3B4111101 .301
Magglio Ordonez, RF5011003 .304
    Ryan Raburn, RF0000000 .205
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4121011 .276
Clete Thomas, LF3030100 .325
Gary Sheffield, DH3000113 .230
Ivan Rodriguez, C4011005 .274
Michael Hollimon, SS4110022 .188
Totals36715635  
Batting
2B - Carlos Guillen (21, Jimenez), Clete Thomas (7, Speier)
3B - Curtis Granderson 2 (4, Jimenez, Vizcaino), Michael Hollimon (1, Vizcaino)
SF - Placido Polanco (2)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (27), Placido Polanco (28), Carlos Guillen (41), Magglio Ordonez (50), Miguel Cabrera (45), Ivan Rodriguez (25)
2-OUT RBI - Magglio Ordonez (28), Miguel Cabrera (15), Ivan Rodriguez (8)
SB - Curtis Granderson (5, 2nd base off Jimenez/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Guillen-Polanco-Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
Eddie Bonine (W,2-0) 8511020 3.98
Joel Zumaya 1100010 4.91
HBP - Holliday (by Eddie Bonine)
WP - Joel Zumaya (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Eddie Bonine 99-69, Joel Zumaya 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eddie Bonine 16-5, Joel Zumaya 2-0
Batters Faced - Eddie Bonine 29, Joel Zumaya 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40842
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Eric Cooper