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DETROIT -- Don Kelly entered the game as a pinch-hitter and batted twice before the inning was over.
It was an unusual experience for the Detroit utilityman -- and a sign that the Tigers' offense is beginning to live up to its potential.
Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead single and the Tigers scored seven runs with two outs in the eighth to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-3 on Sunday. Kelly started the rally with a one-out single with the Tigers down a run. By the time he came to the plate again, Detroit led 7-2.
"It doesn't happen too often, but we like it when it does," Kelly said.
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Detroit was playing in front of its third home sellout of the season - the team retired former manager Sparky Anderson's No. 11 before the game. Jhonny Peralta gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the second with his 12th homer, but the Tigers trailed 2-1 until their big eighth inning.
He walked Magglio Ordonez on four pitches to load the bases for the always-dangerous Cabrera, who appeared to get jammed but managed to line a two-run single to left. Hernandez then gave up RBI singles to Victor Martinez and Peralta.
"We never quit, that's for sure," Martinez said.
Al Alburquerque (5-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for Detroit.
"We played a tough game, but they've got a great offense and they got everything rolling all at once," Arizona outfielder Chris Young said. "That's why you have to get all 27 outs."
The Tigers are averaging 5.1 runs a game in June. Cabrera, Peralta and Martinez have hit well all season, and Ordonez is showing signs of turning around a poor start.
"We hit some of them good, some of them not so good - but wherever we hit them, they found a gap, found a hole," manager Jim Leyland said. "That was the big thing. Miguel had a big two-out hit, that's golden. That's what he's good at. The other guys kind of picked up on it and we added some insurance and had a good win after what looked like it could be a potentially tough day."
Arizona wasted a fine start by Joe Saunders, who allowed a run and four hits in seven innings. He struck out eight and walked one and has thrown at least six innings in 11 consecutive starts.
Arizona scored twice in the seventh to take a 2-1 lead. Young led off with a double and Miguel Montero followed with a tying single. Detroit starter Brad Penny got the next two outs on popups, but Gerardo Parra hit a single and Ryan Roberts followed with another to put the Diamondbacks ahead.
Roberts was in the starting lineup only because Melvin Mora was a late scratch with a bad back.
Penny went 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and eight hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
"Thank God they took Saunders out," Penny said. "He threw a great game. He was making pitches with everything - pitching in and out, up and down and locating his off-speed stuff."
Alburquerque, who has been outstanding all season, relieved Penny with two on in the seventh. He allowed a walk to load the bases, then struck out Stephen Drew to end the threat.
Alburquerque gave up two hits in the eighth but worked out of that jam, too. He lowered his ERA to 1.95. He has struck out 46 hitters in 27 2/3 innings.
|The Tigers celebrate in the dugout after Don Kelly scores on a Miguel Cabrera single in Detroit's big eighth inning. (Getty Images)|
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|Willie Bloomquist, 2B||4||0||1||0||1||0||1||.260|
|Stephen Drew, SS||3||0||0||0||2||1||3||.271|
|Justin Upton, RF||5||0||2||1||0||0||2||.305|
|Chris Young, CF||5||1||2||0||0||0||3||.257|
|Miguel Montero, C||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.282|
|Wily Mo Pena, DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.174|
|Xavier Nady, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.259|
|Gerardo Parra, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.276|
|Ryan Roberts, 3B||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.257|
|2B - Chris Young (21, Penny)|
|RBI - Justin Upton (40), Miguel Montero (39), Ryan Roberts (33)|
|2-OUT RBI - Justin Upton (18), Ryan Roberts (15)|
|SB - Willie Bloomquist (8, 2nd base off Penny/Martinez), Chris Young (9, 3rd base off Alburquerque/Martinez), Miguel Montero (1, 2nd base off Alburquerque/Martinez)|
|CS - Ryan Roberts (5, 2nd base by Penny/Martinez)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Roberts-Nady|
|E - Ryan Roberts (7, Misplayed grounder)|
|Aaron Heilman (H,5; L,4-1)||0.2||1||2||2||1||1||0||6.99|
|David Hernandez (BS,2)||0||3||4||4||1||0||0||3.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 103-63, Aaron Heilman 18-8, David Hernandez 15-6, Bryan Shaw 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 2-10, Aaron Heilman 1-0, Bryan Shaw 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 25, Aaron Heilman 4, David Hernandez 4, Bryan Shaw 4|
|Austin Jackson, CF||4||0||0||0||1||4||3||.248|
|Casper Wells, RF||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.256|
|Magglio Ordonez, DH||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.186|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.330|
|Victor Martinez, C||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.333|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||2||3||2||0||1||0||.308|
|Brennan Boesch, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.299|
|Ramon Santiago, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.209|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||4||0||1||2||0||1||0||.208|
|Ryan Raburn, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.199|
|a- Don Kelly, PH-LF||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.266|
|a-singled for Raburn in the 8th|
|HR - Jhonny Peralta (12, Saunders)|
|RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (52), Victor Martinez (44), Jhonny Peralta 2 (45), Brandon Inge 2 (14)|
|2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (20), Victor Martinez (17), Jhonny Peralta (15), Brandon Inge 2 (8)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Raburn-Peralta-Cabrera|
|Al Alburquerque (W,5-1)||1.1||2||0||0||1||2||0||1.95|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 89-57, Al Alburquerque 25-15, Charlie Furbush 19-13, Jose Valverde 1-1|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 7-9, Al Alburquerque 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Brad Penny 27, Al Alburquerque 7, Charlie Furbush 5, Jose Valverde 1|
|Attendance - 41036|
|Game Time - 3:06|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski|