Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Brandon Inge's RBI triple in the eighth helped the Detroit Tigers take a 7-5 win over Arizona, sending the Diamondbacks to their franchise-record 14th straight road loss.
Magglio Ordonez hit a two-run home run, Inge finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored while Johnny Damon scored twice for the Tigers, who have won a season- high seven straight games, all against National League opponents.
Armando Galarraga was pulled after 4 1/3 innings as he was charged with four runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Phil Coke (5-0) got the win for retiring the final two batters in the eighth.
Dontrelle Willis lasted five innings in the start and was charged with five runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Chad Qualls (1-4) was handed the loss.
With the score tied in the eighth, the Tigers took the lead. With one out, Brennan Boesch walked and moved to second on Carlos Guillen's groundout. Inge then launched a triple to deep center and Alex Avila followed with a single for a 7-5 lead.
Jose Valverde set the Diamondbacks down in order in the ninth to pick up his 15th save of the year.
Detroit grabbed a 2-0 lead in the opening inning. With Damon on base after a fielder's choice, Ordonez clubbed a pitch over the wall in left-center, his ninth homer of the year.
The Tigers tacked on two more in the second as, with two men on base, Danny Worth clubbed a double that scored Inge. Ryan Raburn followed with a sac fly to plate Avila for a 4-0 advantage.
Arizona got one back in the fourth as Montero led off the frame by smacking a 1-1 pitch into the seats in right, his first homer of the season.
The Diamondbacks then tied the game in the fifth. Kelly Johnson doubled with one out and Drew followed with an RBI single. A base hit by Justin Upton and walk by Montero loaded the bases for Young, who punched a two-run single to left.
Brad Thomas then took over on the mound and retired the next two batters to escape the jam without further damage.
Detroit, though, regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth as back-to-back singles to start the inning left Damon on third and Don Kelly's sacrifice fly made it a 5-4 game.
Arizona came charging back in the sixth to again tie the game when Drew's single scored Gerardo Parra. Eddie Bonine took the mound in relief and got the next two batters out to end the inning.
Arizona is 86-108 in interleague play...Detroit has won 36 of its last 42 interleague games at home and is 60-22, overall, in interleague play dating back to the start of the 2006 season...Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera left in the fifth inning with dizziness. He was replaced by Kelly. After the game the team said Cabrera will be day-to-day...Arizona stranded nine men on base.
Hot hitting Gerald Laird (as hot as a .180 hitter can get) was a late scratch on Friday evening:
Detroit Tigers catcher Gerald Laird was scratched one hour before tonight’s game with the Arizona Diamondbacks with a stiff neck. Left-handed hitting Alex Avila will now catch and face left-handed Arizona pitcher Dontrelle Willis.
Tough time for Laird to go down with a nagging injury, as he appeared to be turning the corner. He was 6 for his last 15 (.400) and on a four-game hitting streak.
Willis, a huge disappointment in his time with the Tigers, has enjoyed a resurgence upon his return to the National League and is 1-0 in two starts with the Diamondbacks, while pitching to a 1.80 earned run average.
The 28-year-old left-hander did not get a decision his last time out on June 10 against Atlanta, which reached him for two runs and three hits in four innings. Willis also walked six batters in his team's 11-7 loss.
He had tossed six scoreless innings in his debut with the Diamondbacks.
Willis, who beat the Tigers in his only other appearance against them, was acquired by Detroit along with Miguel Cabrera after the 2007 season and was 2-8 there with a 6.86 ERA in 24 games (22 starts). Injuries, though, were a problem, as he spent three stints on the disabled list for various knee problems, as well as an anxiety disorder.
"I'm excited that I get a chance to play, but as far as playing against them, it's just another game for me," Willis said. "I haven't played in nine days, so I'm just happy to be in the lineup."
Arizona limps into Detroit after being swept by the Boston Red Sox. The Diamondbacks fell 8-5 on Thursday, losing for the fifth time in their last seven games overall, The D'Backs have extended their franchise-worst road losing streak to 13 straight games.
Detroit, meanwhile, is at the other end of the spectrum, having swept the Washington Nationals. On Thursday, Cabrera went 2-for-5 and knocked in three runs, helping the Tigers to an 8-3 win.
Alex Avila added a pair of hits and two RBI, while Ramon Santiago turned in a 4-for-4 effort with three runs scored and an RBI for Detroit, which has won six straight.
Jeremy Bonderman (3-4) snapped a four-start winless streak after tossing seven effective innings. The right-hander allowed two runs on five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven.
"I moved the ball around and had a breaking ball early and lost it late in the game, but I just tried to keep the ball moving around and trying to get outs," Bonderman said about his outing.
Heading to the hill for the Tigers tonight will be righty Armando Galarraga, who is 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA. Galarraga has not gotten a decision since his near perfect game back on June 2, but has allowed just four runs in 12 2/3 innings of his last two starts, both of which have been Tigers wins.
Galarraga beat the D-Backs the only other time he faced them.
Arizona took two of three in this series the last time these teams met back in 2008.