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DETROIT -- Jim Leyland doesn't believe momentum exists in baseball because your next pitcher will dictate if you win or lose.
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Detroit has won five straight, matching a season high.
"I definitely feel like there's some momentum," Verlander said. "We're pitching well, hitting well and playing good defense. That's how you get on streaks.
"Earlier in the year, we weren't pitching well, but we were hitting. Then once the pitchers got locked in, we hit a lull at the plate."
Verlander (8-4) gave up three runs -- two on solo homers -- seven hits and no walks over eight innings.
"Solo home runs are not the end of the world," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "Three-run homers hurt."
The Nationals found that out.
After pulling within two runs in the sixth, Boesch broke the game open the next inning with a blast off Livan Hernandez that soared deep into the right-field seats.
Washington manager Jim Riggleman blamed himself for not taking out Hernandez sooner.
"I gave him too much rope there," Riggleman said. "We had it down to two runs, and I was hoping he could get through that inning, and we could score some more and get him a win, or at least a no-decision. It didn't pay off."
Hernandez (5-4) allowed eight runs, doubling his season high, seven hits and a season-high six walks over 6 2/3 innings.
"He doesn't have the same stuff than he did when I had him, but he's a very, very good pitcher," said Leyland, who managed Hernandez during the Florida Marlins' 1997 championship season. "I've never seen him like that control-wise. It was strange to see him walk those guys."
Detroit scored its first run in the second on a bases-loaded walk. Gerald Laird's two-run single and Don Kelly's sacrifice fly made it 4-2.
"I felt very good in the first inning, but nothing worked in the second," Hernandez said. "I guess that happens to every pitcher sometimes. You get on the mound and you suddenly can't throw a strike. The slider was going outside, the curve was going inside and the sinker was dropping too low."
The Tigers added a run in the third on Boesch's run-scoring single and the rookie finished with four RBI, matching a season high.
"It's always tough to put a rally together against Verlander," Riggleman said. "We got a couple solo homers, but he's got too many weapons to ever expect to put together a sustained rally against him.
|Justin Verlander does give up three runs, including two solo homers, but he fans 11 to make up for it. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Nyjer Morgan, CF||4||0||0||0||0||3||0||.248|
|Cristian Guzman, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.297|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.284|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.296|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.340|
|Roger Bernadina, RF||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.282|
|Willie Harris, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.158|
|Mike Morse, DH||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.424|
|Ian Desmond, SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.268|
|HR - Adam Dunn (15, Verlander), Roger Bernadina (4, Verlander)|
|RBI - Adam Dunn (36), Ivan Rodriguez (21), Roger Bernadina (19)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn (6), Ivan Rodriguez (9)|
|SB - Roger Bernadina (5, 2nd base off Verlander/Laird)|
|CS - Ivan Rodriguez (2, 2nd base by Verlander/Laird)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|E - Cristian Guzman (7, Misplayed grounder)|
|Livan Hernandez (L,5-4)||6.2||7||8||8||6||2||1||2.94|
|Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 110-59, Miguel Batista 5-3, Matt Capps 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 8-10, Matt Capps 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 33, Miguel Batista 1, Matt Capps 4|
|Don Kelly, CF||4||0||0||1||0||0||0||.217|
|Johnny Damon, DH||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.281|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||3||2||1||0||1||1||0||.324|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||3||2||1||0||1||1||0||.331|
|Brennan Boesch, LF||4||2||3||4||0||0||0||.344|
|Carlos Guillen, 2B||2||1||1||0||2||0||1||.301|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||2||1||0||1||2||0||2||.251|
|Gerald Laird, C||4||0||1||2||0||0||2||.180|
|Ramon Santiago, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.241|
|2B - Carlos Guillen (11, Hernandez)|
|HR - Brennan Boesch (9, Hernandez)|
|SF - Don Kelly (1)|
|SH - Ramon Santiago (3)|
|RBI - Don Kelly (4), Brennan Boesch 4 (34), Brandon Inge (27), Gerald Laird 2 (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brennan Boesch 3 (11)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Santiago-Cabrera|
|Justin Verlander (W,8-4)||8||7||3||3||0||11||2||3.54|
|HBP - Desmond (by Justin Verlander)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 115-80, Enrique Gonzalez 9-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 7-4, Enrique Gonzalez 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 30, Enrique Gonzalez 3|
|Attendance - 24767|
|Game Time - 2:26|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Chad Fairchild|