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Ordonez breaks home run drought with winner for red-hot Tigers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- Maybe the slump was in his hair.

Magglio Ordonez ended a career-long drought without a homer by connecting on a go-ahead shot, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Chicago Cubs 6-5 Thursday for their seventh straight victory.

"It was huge for us," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.

It had to be big for Ordonez, too, but the quiet player didn't talk to reporters after ending his 40-game skid without a homer.

Ordonez had two hits Wednesday night in his first game since cutting his flowing locks, which are now being auctioned off on eBay for charity.

"If I had hair like that, I'd still be single," Leyland joked.

The six-time All-Star and 2007 AL batting champion was benched for almost a week before going hitless Tuesday in the series opener against the Cubs.

Ordonez, whose two-run homer was in the fourth, bounced back with three hits in two games and is batting .274 with three homers and 24 RBI.

"I know Magglio. I know what he can do," Miguel Cabrera said about his teammate and fellow Venezuelan. "I know how hard he works. I don't worry about him."

  Cubs: MLB won't suspend Soto for positive marijuana test at WBC

The AL Central leaders closed a road trip by beating St. Louis and swept a pair of three-game series against Chicago and Milwaukee to match their longest winning streak of the season.

The Tigers are 23-11 at Comerica Park for their best 34-game mark in Detroit since the 1984 world championship team had the same start at home.

"We're playing pretty good, but it's June 25th so I'm not getting excited about that," Leyland said.

Armando Galarraga (4-7) gave up four runs over six innings and won for the first time since April 26, ending a career-long, seven-game losing skid.

Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth to earn his 16th save in as many chances, extending the longest streak by a Detroit pitcher since Todd Jones saved 19 straight games in 2006.

Rodney, though, made it interesting by giving up a leadoff homer to Micah Hoffpauir to cut Detroit's lead to one and allowing a two-out double to Kosuke Fukudome. Rodney struck out pinch-hitter Geovany Soto to end it.

"I feel comfortable because I'm getting a chance to be the closer," Rodney said.

Ted Lilly (7-5) allowed six runs and 10 hits -- matching a career high -- in six innings and lost for the first time in a month. He gave up homers to Ordonez and Ramon Santiago.

"They hit some home runs, and when Ted isn't pitching well, that's usually his bugaboo," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said.

Chicago's Jake Fox hit his first homer in the majors, a three-run shot in the first, in his 23rd career game.

"That's going to my dad," Fox said of the keepsake. "It was great to get my first one out of the way. I think I was pressing a little in order to get one. That's probably why I had a big day after I hit it."

Fox finished with a career-high three hits.

"It was refreshing to see Fox go up there and powder the ball," Piniella said. "We need more of that."

Notes

  • Soto said he is embarrassed after testing positive for marijuana at this year's World Baseball Classic.
  • Ordonez, who hadn't homered since April 27, went 32 games without clearing the fences last season.
  • The Cubs took OF Milton Bradley out of the lineup, but Piniella said "call it a day off," seemingly to play down the decision.
  • Cubs INF Aaron Miles (elbow) was injured in a batting cage and will be evaluated Friday.
  • Piniella has no problem with a coach from Japan visiting previously slumping Fukudome. "We can bring in the whole Japanese hitting academy if it's going to help him hit," Piniella said.
  • Cubs 1B Derrek Lee snapped his career-high 21-game hitting streak.
  • Galarraga has given up a homer in 11 straight games, the longest streak by a Detroit starter since Bill Gullickson in 1994.
  • Santiago's first home from the right side of the plate gave him five overall this season, setting a career high.
 
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With his new hairstyle, Magglio Ordonez (right) snaps a 40-game homerless streak in the Detroit win.  (AP)
With his new hairstyle, Magglio Ordonez (right) snaps a 40-game homerless streak in the Detroit win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

R. Raburn
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

J. Fox
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF4120010 .231
Ryan Theriot, SS3100111 .284
Derrek Lee, 1B4000003 .288
Micah Hoffpauir, RF4111012 .267
Jake Fox, DH4133010 .353
Mike Fontenot, 3B4100022 .223
Kosuke Fukudome, CF4021000 .263
Koyie Hill, C3000021 .212
   a- Geovany Soto, PH1000011 .227
Andres Blanco, 2B3000000 .233
Totals3458519  
a-struck out for Hill in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano (15, Galarraga), Jake Fox (4, Galarraga), Kosuke Fukudome (14, Rodney)
3B - Kosuke Fukudome (2, Galarraga)
HR - Micah Hoffpauir (7, Rodney), Jake Fox (1, Galarraga)
RBI - Micah Hoffpauir (22), Jake Fox 3 (9), Kosuke Fukudome (23)
2-OUT RBI - Jake Fox 3 (4), Kosuke Fukudome (11)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Theriot-Blanco-Lee
E - Koyie Hill (1, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
Ted Lilly (L,7-5) 61066162 3.41
Kevin Hart 1.2200200 0.00
Sean Marshall 0.1000010 4.33
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 107-78, Kevin Hart 29-15, Sean Marshall 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 8-3, Kevin Hart 2-2
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 28, Kevin Hart 8, Sean Marshall 1
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5110014 .261
Ramon Santiago, 2B3122000 .289
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4020011 .335
Marcus Thames, DH4110013 .267
Ryan Raburn, LF4132000 .259
Brandon Inge, 3B4000014 .270
Magglio Ordonez, RF4112011 .274
    Josh Anderson, PR-RF0000000 .261
Dusty Ryan, C3010110 .333
Adam Everett, SS2110210 .265
Totals33612637  
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera (14, Lilly), Marcus Thames (4, Lilly), Ryan Raburn (4, Lilly)
HR - Ramon Santiago (5, Lilly), Magglio Ordonez (3, Lilly)
SH - Ramon Santiago (5)
RBI - Ramon Santiago 2 (23), Ryan Raburn 2 (18), Magglio Ordonez 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Ramon Santiago 2 (9), Ryan Raburn (9)
SB - Josh Anderson (11, 3rd base off Hart/Hill)
CS - Dusty Ryan (1, 2nd base by Lilly/Hill)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Raburn 1
DP - Raburn-Santiago-Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
Armando Galarraga (W,4-7) 6644151 5.65
Bobby Seay (H,16) 1000000 3.52
Brandon Lyon (H,4) 1000010 3.89
Fernando Rodney (S,16) 1211031 4.06
Pitches-Strikes - Armando Galarraga 90-56, Bobby Seay 13-7, Brandon Lyon 11-8, Fernando Rodney 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 7-5, Bobby Seay 2-1, Brandon Lyon 1-1
Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 24, Bobby Seay 3, Brandon Lyon 3, Fernando Rodney 5
Game Information
Attendance - 42332
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Andy Fletcher