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Cabrera's double saves Tigers, vaults them to .500 for first time

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers had a long, hard road to .500 this season, and the culmination didn't come easy Saturday night.

Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth and Detroit overcame Todd Jones' blown save to beat the Colorado Rockies 7-6.

With their fourth straight win and 14th in 17 games, the Tigers improved to .500 for the first time this season.

"Gives us a clean slate and something to build on," said Jones, who was lustily booed by the Comerica Park crowd when Colorado went ahead.

The Rockies used three consecutive two-out hits to claw back from a three-run deficit in the top of the ninth. But closer Brian Fuentes gave up a single, a walk and Cabrera's double to blow his fourth save of the year.

Colorado lost its sixth straight game. The Rockies have lost six or more in a row three times this season.

"I was impressed with our guys for the late rally but we just couldn't nail it down," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "We had a lot of missed opportunities. This was a team loss."

The Tigers seemed set for an easy win when Jones came in with a 5-2 lead. He gave up a run-scoring single to Matt Holliday, but had two outs and was one strike away from whiffing Garrett Atkins before walking him.

Ryan Spilborghs, Jeff Baker and Chris Iannetta then had consecutive hits to give Colorado a 6-5 lead. Iannetta's double brought in Spilborghs with the go-ahead run.

"When you do what I do, it's all pass/fail," Jones said. "I take full responsibility for it. Heck, I'd boo me tonight."

It was his first blown save in 15 chances this season.

Manager Jim Leyland felt for his closer.

"It was a frustrating one, to be honest with you. Have a three-run lead, then you look up and you're down one. That's the life of a closer. He was 14-for-14 and the get booed that bad. That's a tough job."

Placido Polanco singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth and Ryan Raburn walked with one out. Cabrera then launched a pitch from Fuentes (1-3) into the right-center field gap to score both runners.

"That's good tonic for Miguel and good tonic for us. Miguel needed something like that," said Leyland. "That's the Miguel we traded for. I think we'll see a lot more than that."

Cabrera is hitting .279 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI.

"It's all on me, I put myself in that situation," said Fuentes. "I was trying to get him out. I didn't want to walk him. I threw him a fastball but I got it up. I just didn't hit my spot."

Earlier, Raburn hit his first career grand slam for the Tigers, who are ensured of winning their sixth-straight series.

"As long as he gets in the game, he'll do something great," said Tigers' center fielder Curtis Granderson. "He's got great power but a lot of people don't know that."

Freddy Dolsi (1-2) got one out for his first major league win.

Detroit starter Justin Verlander allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings, walking four batters and striking out six. He threw 118 pitches.

Colorado starter Jeff Francis gave up five runs, four earned, and 10 hits in six innings.

Raburn was in the game because Magglio Ordonez left in the top of the third with spasms in his right side.

Ordonez will be evaluated further on Sunday.

Raburn's first at-bat resulted in the Tigers' first run, when Francis threw the ball away on his bunt single.

Colorado got on the board on Taveras' RBI single in the fifth. Taveras also singled in a run in the sixth.

Notes

  • Granderson was 0-for-3 to end his career-high 15-game hitting streak.
  • Colorado SS Troy Tulowitzki snapped his 0-for-13 slump with a double leading off the third inning. He's hitting just .153.
  • Taveras was caught stealing for only the third time this season when Ivan Rodriguez threw him out in the third. Taveras leads the majors with 36 steals.
 
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Miguel Cabrera has to be happy. His double brings home Placido Polanco, Ryan Rayburn and the win. (AP)
Miguel Cabrera has to be happy. His double brings home Placido Polanco, Ryan Rayburn and the win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

R. Raburn
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Colorado

W. Taveras
AB 6
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Willy Taveras, CF6032003 .248
Todd Helton, 1B4110116 .267
Matt Holliday, LF4121121 .331
Brad Hawpe, RF5010025 .262
Garrett Atkins, 3B4000113 .302
    Clint Barmes, PR-3B0100000 .324
Ryan Spilborghs, DH4211110 .301
Jeff Baker, 2B4111111 .279
    Omar Quintanilla, 2B0000000 .272
Chris Iannetta, C4031110 .285
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3010202 .153
Totals38613689  
Batting
2B - Todd Helton (15, T. Jones), Chris Iannetta (10, T. Jones), Troy Tulowitzki (9, Verlander)
RBI - Willy Taveras 2 (17), Matt Holliday (39), Ryan Spilborghs (26), Jeff Baker (24), Chris Iannetta (24)
2-OUT RBI - Willy Taveras (5), Ryan Spilborghs (14), Jeff Baker (7), Chris Iannetta (13)
CS - Willy Taveras (3, 2nd base by Verlander/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Matt Holliday 1
DP - Tulowitzki-Baker-Helton
E - Jeff Francis (1, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis 61154221 5.67
Jason Grilli 1100000 2.92
Manny Corpas 1000020 5.77
Brian Fuentes (BS,4; L,1-3) 0.1222100 2.56
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 113-76, Jason Grilli 11-7, Manny Corpas 13-9, Brian Fuentes 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 7-9, Jason Grilli 1-1, Manny Corpas 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 31, Jason Grilli 3, Manny Corpas 3, Brian Fuentes 4
Detroit Tigers
Edgar Renteria, SS5130013 .271
Placido Polanco, 2B5220003 .320
Carlos Guillen, 3B4100102 .297
Magglio Ordonez, RF1010000 .307
    Ryan Raburn, RF3224100 .224
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5022004 .279
Marcus Thames, LF4020013 .266
    Clete Thomas, PR-LF0000000 .325
Gary Sheffield, DH4000014 .224
Ivan Rodriguez, C4020001 .278
Curtis Granderson, CF3100112 .290
Totals38714634  
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera (19, Fuentes), Ivan Rodriguez (15, Francis)
HR - Ryan Raburn (3, Francis)
RBI - Ryan Raburn 4 (9), Miguel Cabrera 2 (47)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Raburn 4 (5)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Curtis Granderson 1
DP - Granderson-Polanco
E - Edgar Renteria (7, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander 5.2522460 4.42
Zach Miner 1.1300120 4.43
Fernando Rodney (H,1) 1000110 11.25
Todd Jones (BS,1) 0.2544100 4.94
Freddy Dolsi (W,1-2) 0.1000100 3.80
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 118-69, Zach Miner 38-23, Fernando Rodney 12-7, Todd Jones 28-19, Freddy Dolsi 7-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 4-6, Fernando Rodney 1-1, Todd Jones 2-0, Freddy Dolsi 1-0
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 25, Zach Miner 7, Fernando Rodney 4, Todd Jones 8, Freddy Dolsi 2
Game Information
Attendance - 42729
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Marty Foster