Tigers Rally in 9th To Get To .500

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth and the Detroit Tigers overcame Todd Jones' blown save to beat the Colorado Rockies 7-6 on Saturday night.
With their fourth straight win and 14th in 17 games, the Tigers improved to .500 for the first time this season.
The Rockies used three consecutive two-out hits to claw back from a three-run deficit in the top of the ninth. But closer Brian Fuentes gave up a single, a walk and Cabrera's double to blow his fourth save of the year.
Colorado lost its sixth straight game. The Rockies have lost six or more in a row three times this season.
The Tigers seemed set for an easy win when Jones came in with a 5-2 lead. He gave up a run-scoring single to Matt Holliday, but had two outs and was one strike away from whiffing Garrett Atkins before walking him.
Ryan Spilborghs, Jeff Baker and Chris Iannetta then had consecutive hits to give Colorado a 6-5 lead. Iannetta's double brought in Spilborghs with the go-ahead run.
It was Jones' first blown save in 15 chances this season.
Placido Polanco singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth and Ryan Raburn walked with one out. Cabrera then launched a pitch from Fuentes (1-3) into the right-center field gap to score both runners.
Earlier, Raburn hit his first career grand slam for the Tigers, who are ensured of winning their sixth-straight series.
Freddy Dolsi (1-2) got his first major league win. He pitched a scoreless third.
Tigers' starter Justin Verlander allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings, walking four batters and striking out six. He threw 118 pitches.
Colorado starter Jeff Francis gave up five runs, four earned, and 10 hits in six innings.
Raburn was in the game because Magglio Ordonez left in the top of the third with spasms in his right side.
Ordonez will be evaluated further on Sunday.
Raburn's first at-bat resulted in the Tigers' first run, when Francis threw the ball away on his sacrifice bunt attempt.
Colorado got on the board on Taveras' RBI single in the fifth. Taveras also singled in a run in the sixth.


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