Brandon Inge hit an RBI triple to the deepest part of Comerica Park in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night, lifting the Tigers to a 7-5 win over the Diamondbacks.
The Tigers extended both their win streak to seven, and the Diamondbacks road losing streak to 14.
After spoiling both 4-0 and 5-4 leads, the Tigers were able to rally when Brennan Boesch coaxed a one out walk in the eighth. Carlos Guillen followed with a groundout, but Inge and Alex Avila came up with two timely two out hits to give the Tigers the lead for good.
Dontrelle Willis was unimpressive in his return to Comerica, surrending five earned runs on 5 hits and four walks in five innings of work.
Armando Galarraga was equally unimpressive, throwing just 4.1 innings, giving up four earned on seven hits. Galarraga had trouble locating his fastball, often times having his signature two-seamer soaring over the center of the plate.
Eddie Bonine was extra sharp in his second appearance in two nights. He seems to be solidifying himself more and more as a true knuckleballer. Bonine went two innings, surrendering only one hit and no runs. He was relived by Phil Coke, who got two outs in the eighth and earned his fifth victory.
Jose Valverde came in and threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his 15th save.
The Minnesota Twins lost to the Philadelphia Phillies tonight, 9-5. The Tigers are now .5 games behind the Twins for first place in the American League Central.
The D’Backs and Tigers face off again tomorrow night at Comerica. The pitching matchup will feature former Tiger starter Edwin Jackson (3-6, 5.18 ERA) for Arizona, and Rick Porcello (4-6, 6.09 ERA) for Detroit.