Detroit at Washington

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Detroit (14-9) «000000401571
Washington (10-11)000100000180

Tigers 5, Nationals 1

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VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Rafael Soriano had an outing to forget.

The Detroit Tigers rallied for four runs off Washington's new closer in the seventh inning and beat the Nationals 5-1 Monday.

Given a 1-0 lead, Soriano allowed five hits and a walk, retiring just two batters.

Torii Hunter led off with a single and pinch-runner Tyler Collins advanced on a 400-foot flyout by Miguel Cabrera that stayed in the ballpark because of a stiff breezes blowing from right to left.

Collins then took third on a wild pitch and scored when Prince Fielder lined a soft single. Victor Martinez walked, Alex Avila singled in the go-ahead run, and Omar Infante and Ramon Santiago followed with RBI singles that chased Soriano.

"He threw me a fastball out on the middle of the plate," Infante said. "I was thinking slider, and expecting one, so I was ready for the fastball."

Soriano has an 11.57 ERA in five spring training appearances, allowing six runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings.

Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann, throwing a hard sinker, gave up a leadoff single to Andy Dirks and then retired his next 18 batters.

"He had a good sinker and good slider," Infante said. "We knew he threw a sinker, but today it was really moving."

Zimmermann got 12 of 18 outs on grounders.

"I had all four pitches working," he said. "It was one of those days when you have everything working and you can throw anything anytime you want. They don't come too often. It makes things a lot easier and I was keeping everything in the bottom of the zone and that's why I got all those groundballs."

Zimmermann threw only 67 pitches, then went to the bullpen for 20 more.

"The other guys needed to get some work in," he said.

Detroit starter Max Scherzer gave up five hits in five innings, including Adam LaRoche's home run in the fourth.

Washington's Wilson Ramos went 3 for 3.

NOTES: Washington released C Chris Snyder, who agreed to a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels. ... The Nationals optioned RHPs Ryan Perry, Erik Davis and Yunesky Maya to Triple-A Syracuse along with OF Corey Brown, C Jhonatan Solano and 1B Chris Marrero. The team also assigned INF Zach Walters and RHP Ross Ohlendorf to minor league camp ... Nationals manager Davey Johnson said it was important to explain to the players why they had been cut. "We sent out some starters down to go get stretched out," Johnson said. "I talked to each one to let them know what I needed them to do. That conversation is important so they know what I think they're capable of doing." ... Detroit manager Jim Leyland says there is "no way" he's going north with 15 pitchers to compensate for his lack of middle or long relievers. "We'll have somebody. We'll be OK," Leyland said. "It's been a topic of conversation, that's for sure." ... Leyland went on talk about the value of left-handed relievers. His philosophy is simple. "Left-handed relievers need to be able to get lefties out. If they can't, then there's no room for them on the team."

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

W. Ramos
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Detroit

T. Collins
AB 0
R 1
H 0
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andy Dirks, LF3010000 .297
    Jeff Kobernus, LF2000015 .229
Torii Hunter, RF3010010 .233
    Tyler Collins, PR-RF0101100 .345
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3000001 .281
    Kevin Russo, 3B2000013 .310
Prince Fielder, 1B3011001 .353
    Matt Tuiasosopo, PR-1B1100011 .314
Victor Martinez, DH2100100 .233
   a- Jeff McVaney, PH-DH10100001.000
Alex Avila, C3011000 .278
    Bryan Holaday, PR-C1100012 .176
Don Kelly, CF3100102 .265
Omar Infante, 2B3011100 .280
    Danny Worth, PR-2B0000000 .323
Ramon Santiago, SS3011000 .250
Totals3357545  
a-singled for Martinez in the 8th
Batting
SF - Tyler Collins (1)
RBI - Tyler Collins (5), Prince Fielder (9), Alex Avila (10), Omar Infante (5), Ramon Santiago (6)
2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante (4), Ramon Santiago (1)
SB - Andy Dirks (4, 2nd base off Zimmermann/Ramos), Don Kelly (1, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Maldonado)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Max Scherzer (1, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Max Scherzer 5511141 0.93
Bruce Rondon (W,2-1) 1000120 3.12
Luis Marte (H,4) 1100010 3.00
Brayan Villarreal (S,2) 2200030 2.00
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 7-2, Bruce Rondon 1-0, Luis Marte 1-1, Brayan Villarreal 1-2
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 19, Bruce Rondon 4, Luis Marte 4, Brayan Villarreal 8
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF4020012 .222
Jayson Werth, RF4010003 .250
    Tyler Moore, RF0000000 .261
Bryce Harper, LF3000121 .383
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4000022 .393
Adam LaRoche, 1B4111021 .143
Ian Desmond, SS3000110 .279
Danny Espinosa, 2B4010011 .313
Wilson Ramos, C3030000 .444
    Carlos Maldonado, C1000011 .375
   a- Chad Tracy, PH1000001 .200
    Carlos Rivero, 3B0000000 .179
Totals32181210  
a-grounded out for Abad in the 7th
Batting
HR - Adam LaRoche (1, Scherzer)
SH - Jordan Zimmermann (1)
RBI - Adam LaRoche (2)
2-OUT RBI - Adam LaRoche (1)
SB - Bryce Harper (2, 2nd base off Rondon/Avila)
CS - Denard Span (2, 3rd base by Scherzer/Avila)
Team LOB - 7
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Zimmermann 6100010 5.49
Rafael Soriano (BS,2; L,1-1) 0.2544100 11.57
Fernando Abad 0.1000000 2.57
Drew Storen 1100130 5.63
Henry Rodriguez 1011210 3.86
HBP - Santiago (by Henry Rodriguez)
WP - Rafael Soriano (1)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 13-4, Henry Rodriguez 1-1
Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 19, Rafael Soriano 8, Fernando Abad 1, Drew Storen 5, Henry Rodriguez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 6099
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Lance Barksdale