The Detroit Tigers opened a three-game interleague series against the St. Louis Cardinals with a 6-3 win at Comerica Park on Tuesday night.
Tigers' ace Justin Verlander earned his second straight win giving up three runs in seven innings on the mound to move his record to 7-4 on the season. Verlander spread out five hits and four walks while just striking out three as the Cardinals finally scored a run in sixth inning and then took advantage of an error by left fielder Quentin Berry which allowed two more runs to score in the seventh.
Left-handed reliever Phil Coke earned his first save of the season as he combined Joaquin Benoit to keep the Cardinals scoreless in the final two innings.
The Tigers gave Verlander all of the run support he would need in the first two innings thanks to Delmon Young's RBI single in the first inning. Center fielder Austin Jackson then came through with a two-run double as part of a three-run second inning.
Young finished the game two hits an two RBIs as the Tigers were able to chase St. Louis starter Lance Lynn after he gave up five runs in the first five innings. The loss dropped Lynn's record to 10-3 on the season.
The two teams resume the series on Wednesday night.
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