The Tigers finished their sweep over the Rangers and won their sixth straight game. Edwin Jackson had a very solid start but ran into trouble in the eighth when he allowed the tying run to cross the plate. Fortunately, Miguel Cabrera helped him salvage a win with his RBI single in the bottom half of the frame to give the Tigers a 4-3 win.
In all, Jackson threw 132 pitches so I’m interested to see how he does his next couple of starts. 120 seems to be the magic number and he won’t get an extra day’s rest because the Tigers don’t have a day off on Monday. Fernando Rodney picked up his second save in as many days with a shutout ninth.
The other three Tigers runs came via the longball. Clete Thomas belted a solo homer in the first inning and then Curtis Granderon belted a two shot in the third. For Granderson, it was his eleventh of the season. At this pace, he could reach his career high of 23 home runs by the All Star Break.
Interleague play starts tomorrow as the Rockies come to town. The Royals lost so that gives the Tigers a three game lead. This weekend should be interesting because it leads into a big three game series against the second place Royals beginning Monday.