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Tigers can claim first winning record after sweep of Rockies

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DETROIT -- Dane Sardinha felt like a goat after grounding into a rally-killing double play. That made it all the better when his first major league hit made him a hero.

Sardinha hit a two-run triple to rally the Tigers to a 4-3 win over the woeful Colorado Rockies on Sunday, giving Detroit a three-game sweep and a winning record for the first time this season.

"It was a pretty good feeling," Sardinha said. "Especially my previous at-bat I had a chance to tie the game, first and third, a sacrifice would have worked but I grounded into a double play to end the inning. I was kind of frustrated. Thank God I redeemed myself the next at-bat."

Detroit, which won its fifth straight and 15th in its last 18, also got three hits and an RBI from Marcus Thames.

Troy Tulowitzki homered for Colorado, which lost its seventh straight.

Kenny Rogers (6-5) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. Freddy Dolsi pitched two perfect innings and Todd Jones bounced back from his first blown save of the season on Saturday night for a 1-2-3 ninth and his 15th save in 16 chances.

Detroit pitchers retired the final 17 Rockies batters in a row, beginning when Todd Helton hit into a first-to-short-to-pitcher double play with runners on first and second to end the fourth inning.

"The double play was probably as big as any other play in the game," Rogers said. "I got there in time, luckily. I don't think Todd's running as good as he could have. Gotta make those plays. It was probably a change in the game's momentum."

Even before that, the Rockies found ways to squelch their own momentum. They loaded the bases with none out in the third, but Jeff Baker popped out to second and Clint Barmes then grounded to the pitcher for an easy 1-2-3 double play.

"Our approach against Rogers, at first, was pretty good ... He made the adjustments," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "Couldn't hit the kid (Dolsi) and Jones, we got him last night, couldn't get him today."

Greg Reynolds (2-6) allowed four runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Reynolds left the game leading 3-2 after Renteria's infield single put runners on first and third with two out in the sixth.

Reynolds was replaced by Matt Herges. Sardinha, a backup catcher who was called up from Triple-A Toledo last week because Brandon Inge went on the DL, lined Herges' 1-0 pitch into the left-center field gap to score Thames and Renteria.

"What he does is a bonus and today it was a huge bonus. I couldn't be happier for him," said Tigers' manager Jim Leyland. "That's good tonic, a guy comes up like that and gets a big hit for you second game in. That's good stuff."

Herges was upset with himself.

"My job was to make one pitch, come in and get an out," he said. "... I'm asked to make one pitch. I didn't do it. Unacceptable."

Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles by Miguel Cabrera and Thames.

Colorado took the lead in the second when Yorvit Torrealba's hit a run-scoring single and Tulowitzki followed with a two-run homer on Rogers' 0-2 pitch. The drive, over the left-field fence, was Tulowitzki's second and first since April 23.

"Two strikes approach: Just put the barrel on it," he said. "I felt like it was my best swing of the day."

Notes

  • The Tigers placed Ordonez on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled oblique muscle on Sunday. To replace him, Detroit recalled OF Matt Joyce from Triple-A Toledo.
  • When the game ended, the Rockies and San Diego Padres were tied for last in the N.L. West with 32-50 records. The two teams were also tied for the wild card playoff spot at the end of the 2007 regular-season and played a one-game playoff, won by Colorado.
  • Detroit CF Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 a day after his career-high 15-game hitting streak was snapped.
 
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Yorvit Torrealba has a few words for umpire Angel Hernandez after a close play at the plate.  (AP)
Yorvit Torrealba has a few words for umpire Angel Hernandez after a close play at the plate. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Thames
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Colorado

Y. Torrealba
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4020000 .252
Todd Helton, 1B3000121 .264
Matt Holliday, LF4020000 .333
Garrett Atkins, 3B4000012 .298
Ryan Spilborghs, RF3000122 .296
Jeff Baker, DH4110003 .279
Clint Barmes, 2B3000002 .318
   a- Brad Hawpe, PH1000000 .260
Yorvit Torrealba, C4121000 .252
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3112001 .157
Totals3338325  
a-flied out for Barmes in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jeff Baker (15, Rogers)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (2, Rogers)
RBI - Yorvit Torrealba (20), Troy Tulowitzki 2 (13)
CS - Willy Taveras (4, 2nd base by Rogers/Sardinha)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Atkins, Tulowitzki-Barmes-Helton, Barmes-Tulowitzki-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Greg Reynolds (L,2-6) 5.21044030 5.75
Matt Herges 0.1100100 3.49
Jason Grilli 1100000 2.84
Taylor Buchholz 1100010 1.36
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Reynolds 90-63, Matt Herges 11-6, Jason Grilli 8-7, Taylor Buchholz 11-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Reynolds 4-8, Matt Herges 1-0, Jason Grilli 1-1
Batters Faced - Greg Reynolds 25, Matt Herges 3, Jason Grilli 3, Taylor Buchholz 4
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4120003 .293
Clete Thomas, RF-LF4120001 .333
Carlos Guillen, 3B4000024 .292
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4021000 .281
Marcus Thames, LF4131001 .280
    Matt Joyce, PR-RF0000000 .208
Gary Sheffield, DH4000014 .219
Edgar Renteria, SS4120001 .275
Dane Sardinha, C4012002 .125
Michael Hollimon, 2B2010110 .222
    Placido Polanco, 2B0000000 .320
Totals34413414  
Batting
2B - Michael Hollimon (2, Reynolds)
3B - Dane Sardinha (1, Herges)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (48), Marcus Thames (32), Dane Sardinha 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Dane Sardinha 2 (2)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Rogers-Sardinha-Cabrera, Cabrera-Renteria-Rogers
E - Edgar Renteria (8, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Kenny Rogers (W,6-5) 6833221 4.59
Freddy Dolsi (H,6) 2000030 3.47
Todd Jones (S,15) 1000000 4.78
Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 98-64, Freddy Dolsi 26-18, Todd Jones 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 7-7, Freddy Dolsi 2-1, Todd Jones 1-2
Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 26, Freddy Dolsi 6, Todd Jones 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41305
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Derryl Cousins