Cincinnati (25-18) at Detroit (28-14)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun May 21, 2006
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The surprising Detroit Tigers look to move 15 games above .500 for the first time in 13 years when their three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds concludes on Sunday.

The Tigers (28-14) are tied with the Chicago White Sox for the best record in baseball, and have not lost a home series since being swept by Chicago April 10-13.

Detroit defeated the Reds (25-18) 7-6 in 10 innings on Saturday, improving to 14-6 in interleague home games since the start of the 2004 season. A win on Sunday would give them their sixth interleague series victory in their last seven at Comerica Park.

The Tigers, who have won eight of nine overall, trailed 6-5 with two outs in the ninth until Curtis Granderson tied it with his seventh homer of the season.

“I’m learning how loud Tigers fans can be,” Granderson said. “They aren’t crazy like Chicago fans or New York fans, but they are loud.”

Magglio Ordonez ended his eight-game homerless drought with his 11th of the season, and is 14-for-34 (.412) with five homers and 11 RBIs in 10 career games against Cincinnati.

Detroit has won 10 of its last 12 home games, and has not been 15 games above .500 since June 1993. That was the last season the Tigers finished above .500, but they have not made the playoffs since 1987.

Detroit’s Nate Robertson (4-2, 3.50 ERA) looks to extend his personal three-game winning streak when he makes his first career start against the Reds on Sunday.

Robertson allowed three runs, seven hits and three walks in five innings in his last start, but still managed to beat Minnesota 7-4 on Tuesday.

The left-hander is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA in six career interleague starts.

Cincinnati has just two wins in its last 15 interleague road games, and has not won an interleague series on the road since sweeping Tampa Bay in June 2003.

The Reds won Friday’s series opener 9-4, and took a 6-5 lead in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game after Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 15th career grand slam.

Felipe Lopez extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the third inning. He is 26-for-60 (.433) with two homers and 10 runs over the 14-game run.

Adam Dunn has hit a home run in each of the first two games of the series, and last homered in three straight games from April 15-17.

Cincinnati will start Aaron Harang (5-2, 4.19), who looks to rebound from his worst start of the season. He allowed seven runs, six hits and walked the bases loaded with one out in the fourth before being removed in the Reds’ 9-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

“I didn’t have it today,” said Harang, who had his career-high five-game winning streak snapped. “We’ll come back from this.”

The right-hander had two starts against the Tigers as a member of the Oakland Athletics, posting a 10.13 ERA and not receiving a decision. He has not faced Detroit since allowing six runs in 3 2-3 innings on Aug. 25, 2002.

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A. Harang Atl vs. N. Robertson Sea
16-11 Record 13-13
3.76 ERA 3.84
216 K 137
56 BB 67
1.27 WHIP 1.31