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DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera has been sensational at the plate all season.
Now, his teammates are starting to hit.
"Hitting is contagious," said Brandon Inge, one of eight Tigers with multiple hits. "There was a lot of hype a couple weeks ago because of our lack of production. We're not doing anything different, but we can be dangerous if we keep this up."
Detroit has won a season-high six games. Washington has lost five of six heading into rookie Stephen Strasburg's next start Friday at home.
"A lot of it is timing," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "[Friday] they'll be one of the best teams in baseball."
Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said his last-place team better start winning more games soon if it plans to compete with NL East's best.
"Certainly we have to play better," he said. "The other clubs have picked it up a little bit. The Braves and Mets have separated themselves."
Cabrera has distinguished himself as one of baseball's best hitters, with a .332 batting average, 19 homers and 59 RBIs this year.
It's the bottom of the order that's beginning to come through for the Tigers.
Light-hitting Ramon Santiago matched a career high with four hits and Inge extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Alex Avila hit a two-run double and has driven in at least a run for three straight days.
"It's a confidence thing," Inge said.
Detroit scored three times in the fifth inning to take a 5-0 lead. Cabrera drove in two with a double to center and Carlos Guillen singled in a run.
Santiago and Cabrera each had an RBI single in the sixth.
Bonderman (3-4) gave up two runs and five hits. He retired his first 11 batters, struck out seven and walked none.
The right-hander struck out four straight before giving up his first hit in the fourth inning.
"He's got a real good slider," Riggleman said. "We didn't recognize it and were swinging and missing it."
Bonderman won for the first time in nearly a month and moved a step closer to proving he's a solid pitcher after a couple shaky seasons due to injury.
"I had questions about myself," he said. "I didn't know how good I was going to be."
The Nationals made good contact early in the game, hitting three balls to the warning track in their first four at-bats only to have them hauled in by outfielders.
"This is a big ballpark," Washington's Wil Nieves said. "Any other ballpark and it would have been a different score."
|Jeremy Bonderman gives up two runs in seven innings and doesn't issue a walk for surging Detroit. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Cristian Guzman, DH||4||1||2||1||0||2||0||.301|
|Roger Bernadina, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.273|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.295|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||0||1||.288|
|Josh Willingham, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.273|
|Mike Morse, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.405|
|Adam Kennedy, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.240|
|Ian Desmond, SS||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.268|
|Wil Nieves, C||3||0||1||0||0||2||1||.175|
|a- Willie Harris, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.157|
|a-grounded out for Nieves in the 9th|
|2B - Ian Desmond (12, Bonderman)|
|HR - Adam Dunn (16, Bonderman)|
|RBI - Cristian Guzman (19), Adam Dunn 2 (38)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn (7)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Roger Bernadina 1|
|DP - Desmond-Kennedy-Dunn, Desmond-Kennedy-Dunn|
|E - Luis Atilano (2, Throwing), Josh Willingham (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Luis Atilano (L,5-4)||4.1||9||5||5||1||1||0||4.77|
|IBB - Boesch by Luis Atilano|
|WP - Drew Storen (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Luis Atilano 83-53, Drew Storen 10-6, Doug Slaten 23-17, Sean Burnett 12-7, Tyler Clippard 15-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luis Atilano 5-7, Doug Slaten 2-0, Sean Burnett 3-0, Tyler Clippard 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Luis Atilano 23, Drew Storen 2, Doug Slaten 7, Sean Burnett 5, Tyler Clippard 5|
|Ryan Raburn, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.194|
|Danny Worth, PR-2B||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||.225|
|Ramon Santiago, SS||4||3||4||1||0||0||0||.262|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||5||1||3||1||0||0||2||.330|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||5||1||2||3||0||1||3||.332|
|Brennan Boesch, LF||4||0||2||0||1||0||2||.348|
|Carlos Guillen, DH||5||1||2||1||0||1||3||.305|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.255|
|Alex Avila, C||4||0||2||2||0||1||0||.230|
|Don Kelly, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.205|
|2B - Ryan Raburn (8, Slaten), Ramon Santiago (3, Clippard), Miguel Cabrera (19, Atilano), Alex Avila (4, Atilano)|
|SH - Ramon Santiago (4)|
|RBI - Ramon Santiago (10), Magglio Ordonez (43), Miguel Cabrera 3 (59), Carlos Guillen (20), Alex Avila 2 (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ramon Santiago (7), Miguel Cabrera (22)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|PB - Alex Avila (1)|
|E - Miguel Cabrera (8, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jeremy Bonderman (W,3-4)||7||5||2||2||0||7||1||4.06|
|WP - Jeremy Bonderman (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 95-65, Fu-Te Ni 11-7, Joel Zumaya 12-9, Eddie Bonine 16-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 4-10, Fu-Te Ni 1-0, Eddie Bonine 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 26, Fu-Te Ni 3, Joel Zumaya 3, Eddie Bonine 4|
|Attendance - 33630|
|Game Time - 2:44|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Eric Cooper|