The Diamondbacks took the opener 8-3 on Friday, overcoming a pair of early deficits to match their club mark of nine straight wins, set on three previous occasions, most recently from August 10-19, 2001.
“Everything is just kind of going our way a little more right now,” said Arizona catcher Chad Moeller, who went 1-for-4 with an RBI Friday.
“Early in the year, we had so many things that never went our way, but now more balls are falling in for us. To this team’s credit, everybody stayed focused on what is important.”
Steve Finley and Lyle Overbay drove in two runs apiece for Arizona. Luis Gonzalez was 1-for-3 with two walks in his first game in Detroit since being traded to the Diamondbacks for outfielder Karim Garcia on Dec. 28, 1998.
Finley is 15-for-30 during an eight-game hitting streak with a homer, three doubles, a triple and nine RBIs. Overbay has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games.
The Tigers have lost seven in a row and 19 of 21. They are a season-worst 41 games below .500.
“Surreal would be a good word for this,” said right-hander Adam Bernero, who took the loss Friday.
“None of us could have ever guessed that this could happen to us. Baseball has been our whole lives, but none of us have experienced anything like this.”
STANDINGS: Diamondbacks - 3rd place, 5 GB, NL West. Tigers - 5th place, 24 1/2 GB, AL Central.
DIAMONDBACKS PROBABLE STARTER: Brandon Webb (3-2, 2.38 ERA). Webb hasn’t gotten a decision in either of his last two starts, but the Diamondbacks have won both, including Monday’s 7-6 home triumph over Houston. The 24-year-old right-hander gave up two earned runs and two hits over seven innings. Webb, who faces Detroit for the first time, is 1-1 with a 1.73 ERA on the road this season.
TIGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Jeremy Bonderman (2-11, 5.10 ERA). Bonderman, 20, is 0-7 over his last nine starts despite allowing three earned runs or fewer seven times during that stretch. In Monday’s 3-1 loss at Boston, the right-hander gave up two earned runs and eight hits over six innings. He hasn’t won since May 4 against Tampa Bay. Bonderman has never faced Arizona, and is 1-6 with a 6.32 ERA at home this season.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Diamondbacks - Gonzalez, .311 avg., 15 HRs, 52 RBIs and 51 runs; Tony Womack, 8 SBs. Tigers - Dmitri Young, .286 avg., 15 HRs and 44 RBIs; Young and Bobby Higginson, 36 runs; Alex Sanchez, 14 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Diamondbacks - 8-4. Tigers - 4-12.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Diamondbacks - LF Gonzalez is batting .387 (12-for-31) over his last nine games with two homers, six RBIs and seven walks. … RF David Dellucci is batting .438 (7-for-16) over his last five games with five RBIs. … Arizona’s pitchers have struck out 566 times, third-most in the NL. Tigers - The Tigers activated 1B Carlos Pena from the 15-day disabled list before Friday’s game. He had been sidelined since June 2 with a strained hamstring. … To make room for 1B Pena, the Tigers optioned rookie SS Omar Infante to Triple-A Toledo. … RHP Franklyn German has walked 19 batters in his last 19 innings, and has six wild pitches this season.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Diamondbacks - 18-18 on the road; Tigers - 6-30 at home.
INJURIES: Diamondbacks - INF Shea Hillenbrand (oblique), 15-day DL; INF Junior Spivey (ankle), 15-day DL; OF Danny Bautista (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Mantei (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Schilling (hand), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Koplove (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Bret Prinz (groin), 60-day DL; INF Craig Counsell (thumb), 60-day DL; LHP Johnson (knee), 60-day DL. Tigers - OF Gene Kingsale (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Danny Patterson (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Dean Palmer (shoulder and neck), 60-day DL.