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Peralta's slam helps Tigers bury Miggy ejection, Phillies

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DETROIT -- By the time Jhonny Peralta broke the game open with a sixth-inning grand slam, the Detroit Tigers were already well on their way to another victory.

For that, they could thank the Philadelphia Phillies, whose eighth straight loss might have been the ugliest of the bunch.

Peralta's slam capped an eight-run sixth for Detroit, and the Tigers overcame Miguel Cabrera's ejection in a 12-4 win over the collapsing Phillies on Sunday.

Cabrera was tossed while batting with the bases loaded in the third and manager Jim Leyland was ejected, too.

Detroit still got plenty of additional chances against a Philadelphia team that all but handed the game away with errors and walks.

"We got some benefits today," Leyland said. "They struggled a little bit defensively, and a little bit throwing strikes."

In the sixth, the Tigers scored eight runs on only two hits. The Phillies made three errors and walked three batters in the inning.

Rick Porcello (8-6) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings to win his fourth straight start.

Reliever Jake Diekman (0-1) took the loss, but he was hardly the only culprit for Philadelphia.

The Phillies had already blown a 3-0 lead when Diekman came on to start the bottom of the sixth in a tie game.

He allowed a leadoff walk to Andy Dirks, then threw wildly to second for an error when Alex Avila bunted. Ramon Santiago's bunt single loaded the bases, and after Austin Jackson's flyout to shallow right field, Don Kelly's flyball to left was dropped by rookie Steve Susdorf for another error.

Kelly was credited with a sacrifice fly, the Tigers took a 4-3 lead and the bases remained loaded.

Luis Garcia replaced Diekman, and Matt Tuiasosopo -- who had come in earlier for Cabrera -- drew a walk to force in a run. Prince Fielder followed with a grounder to first, but Darin Ruf's throw home was off the mark for yet another error.

Victor Martinez's bases-loaded walk made it 7-3, and Peralta followed with his 10th homer of the year and fourth career grand slam.

All eight runs in the inning were unearned.

The Tigers have won seven of eight, and they lead the AL Central by three games over Cleveland. Detroit outscored Philadelphia 24-5 in the three-game sweep.

"It's hard, man. It's tough," Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz said. "We're not playing good baseball right now. It's embarrassing to see that."

Cabrera's spot in the order came up three times with the bases loaded, but he was only around for one of them -- and not for long. Down 1-0, the Tigers had the bases full with nobody out in the third. Kelly popped out on a 3-1 pitch, bringing Cabrera to the plate.

After two called strikes, the Triple Crown winner said something to plate umpire Chad Fairchild, although not in a demonstrative fashion. Cabrera was tossed, and Leyland was thrown out too when he came out for what ended up being a lengthy argument.

"I called strike one and he began to argue balls and strikes. I warned him to stop, but after the second pitch, he began to argue balls and strikes again, and was removed from the game," Fairchild said.

"Jim came out and asked for an explanation, which I gave to him. He then began to argue balls and strikes, and since he had left his position and argued balls and strikes, he was removed from the game."

Cabrera was charged with a strikeout when Philadelphia starter Jonathan Pettibone threw strike three to Tuiasosopo -- since Tuiasosopo was facing a two-strike count when he replaced Cabrera.

"I said the call was horrible and he threw me out," Cabrera said. "I think it's not time to blame anybody -- to blame the umpires, to blame somebody else. You want to compete and you want to do something special and try to win games. I'm kind of upset at how he threw me out, but that happens."

Fielder fouled out to end the inning.

Fielder came to the plate three times with the bases loaded, including during Detroit's three-run fifth. The Tigers started that inning with consecutive singles by Santiago, Jackson, Kelly and Tuiasosopo, scoring their first run on Tuiasosopo's hit. Fielder and Martinez followed with RBI groundouts to tie it at 3.

Pettibone allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings. He also walked four.

Detroit had at least two runners on base in seven of its eight innings at the plate. The Tigers finished the game 6 of 20 with runners in scoring position. They had 12 plate appearances with the bases loaded, the team's most since at least 1974, according to STATS.

Cabrera's spot came up with two on in the seventh. At that point, Hernan Perez was batting there, and he singled to drive in another run.

Notes

  • Fairchild was also the plate umpire in Detroit's July 11 game against the Chicago White Sox, when Leyland and Detroit reliever Luke Putkonen were ejected.
  • Susdorf's fifth-inning double was his first career hit.
  • Both teams are off Monday. Detroit hosts Washington on Tuesday night, with RHP Anibal Sanchez (8-7) facing Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (5-8).
  • The Phillies host San Francisco. Philadelphia LHP John Lannan (2-4) takes on Giants LHP Barry Zito (4-7).
 
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Jhonny Peralta runs the bases after hitting a grand slam in the sixth inning off Phillies pitcher Luis Garcia (left). (USATSI)
Jhonny Peralta runs the bases after hitting a grand slam in the sixth inning off Phillies pitcher Luis Garcia (left). (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

K. Frandsen
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Detroit

J. Peralta
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS2000000 .259
   a-John McDonald, PH-SS1000010 .082
Michael Young, 3B3010011 .277
   b-Michael Martinez, PH-3B1000000 .100
Chase Utley, DH3000111 .274
Darin Ruf, 1B4121011 .310
Kevin Frandsen, 2B4121002 .280
John Mayberry Jr., CF3110100 .256
Laynce Nix, RF4011000 .180
Carlos Ruiz, C4011001 .253
Steve Susdorf, LF4110011 .143
Totals3349425  
a-struck out for Rollins in the 7th
b-lined out for Young in the 7th
Batting
2B - Darin Ruf (6, Rondon), Kevin Frandsen (7, Porcello), Steve Susdorf (1, Porcello)
SH - Jimmy Rollins (3)
RBI - Darin Ruf (4), Kevin Frandsen (17), Laynce Nix (7), Carlos Ruiz (9)
2-OUT RBI - Darin Ruf (3), Carlos Ruiz (2)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Frandsen-Ruf, Rollins-Frandsen-Ruf-Ruf-Rollins, Rollins-Frandsen-Ruf-Ruf-Rollins-Frandsen-McDonald-Ruf
E - Jake Diekman (2, Throwing), Darin Ruf (2, Throwing), Steve Susdorf (1, Dropped fly)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathan Pettibone 5733410 4.04
Jake Diekman (L,0-1) 0.1140100 4.11
Luis Garcia 0140201 0.00
Antonio Bastardo 1.2211120 2.52
Jonathan Papelbon 1200110 2.21
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Pettibone 78-44, Jake Diekman 15-8, Luis Garcia 22-10, Antonio Bastardo 22-15, Jonathan Papelbon 26-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Pettibone 7-5, Jake Diekman 1-2, Luis Garcia 1-0, Antonio Bastardo 1-1, Jonathan Papelbon 1-1
Batters Faced - Jonathan Pettibone 24, Jake Diekman 5, Luis Garcia 4, Antonio Bastardo 7, Jonathan Papelbon 6
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF4220206 .271
Don Kelly, RF-3B-RF3211103 .236
Miguel Cabrera, 3B1000113 .360
   a-Matt Tuiasosopo, PH-LF1012100 .301
   Hernan Perez, PR-2B1111000 .290
Prince Fielder, DH5101005 .261
Victor Martinez, 1B3112200 .270
Jhonny Peralta, SS5124002 .305
Andy Dirks, LF-RF-LF4110112 .245
Alex Avila, C5110023 .193
Ramon Santiago, 2B-3B4230100 .188
Totals3612131194  
a-announced for Cabrera in the 3rd
Batting
2B - Austin Jackson (17, Bastardo), Alex Avila (8, Pettibone)
HR - Jhonny Peralta (10, Garcia)
SF - Don Kelly (2)
RBI - Don Kelly (15), Matt Tuiasosopo 2 (27), Hernan Perez (4), Prince Fielder (75), Victor Martinez 2 (59), Jhonny Peralta 4 (53)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Andy Dirks 1
DP - Peralta-Santiago-Martinez
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello (W,8-6) 6733230 4.49
Drew Smyly 1000010 1.77
Bruce Rondon 1211000 5.79
Phil Coke 1000010 5.46
IBB - Utley by Rick Porcello
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 86-58, Drew Smyly 15-10, Bruce Rondon 17-13, Phil Coke 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 10-4, Bruce Rondon 1-1
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 26, Drew Smyly 3, Bruce Rondon 4, Phil Coke 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41326
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Paul Schrieber