Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Minus two of their more potent bats, the
Detroit Tigers received production from the bottom of their lineup Friday
night that proved just enough to extend the Phillies' woes.
Alex Avila, the No. 9 hitter, hit a two-run double in the fifth inning to back
Doug Fister, as the Tigers handed Philadelphia's Cole Hamels his 13th loss of
the season with a 2-1 victory in the opener of a three-game interleague set at
Fister (9-5), who at one point retired 12 batters in a row, allowed an
unearned run and three singles over eight innings for the AL Central-leading
Tigers, who played without third baseman Miguel Cabrera (hip flexor) and
outfielder Torii Hunter (sore Achilles).
Joaquin Benoit pitched around a leadoff hit by Jimmy Rollins in the ninth to
earn his 10th save. Rollins did move into scoring position, swiping second
with one out and third with two gone, but Darin Ruf grounded out to second to
end the game.
Hamels (4-13) had just the one hiccup, but the Phillies' offense continued to
snooze. Philadelphia has scored only 10 runs during a season-high six-game
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