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Tigers Hang On For Fifth Straight Win

Justin Verlander notched his fourth straight win in another impressive outing as the Tigers continued their winning ways.  It was the first time he didn’t reach double digit strikeouts in a while, but he gace up just one run on three hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.  The run, three hits and one of those walks all came in the the fifth inning.

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Amityville II: The Possession video The pen bent but didn’t break.  Brandon Lyon gave up a solo homer in the seventh and then Joel Zumaya looked like he was going to get torn apart before he pitched himself out of a jam in the eighth.  He gave up three straight singles and then a fielder’s choice made it 5-3 before he struck out the final two batters of the inning.  Zumaya now has thrown 12 1/3 innings and he hasn’t given up a walk.

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Fernando Rodney then pitched an easy ninth for his seventh save of the season.  Wilkin Ramirez picked up his first big league and it was a solo home run in the sixth inning.  Ryan Raburn hit a solo shot and then Brandon Inge went yard with number eleven. 

The Royals lost so that now gives the Tigers a nice little two game lead (even better, it’s three in the loss column).  The Tigers go for the sweep this afternoon and it’ll be Kevin Millwood against Edwin Jackson.

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