Coming off their highest-scoring series of the season, the Detroit Tigers look to stay hot at the plate and extend their winning streak to eight games Tuesday when they open a three-game set with the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park.
Detroit (19-11) scored a season high in a 13-4 win at Kansas City on Sunday, completing a sweep of the weekend series and extending the longest current win streak in the majors to seven.
The Tigers had a season-high, eight-game winning streak last season from May 20-27.
Sunday, the Tigers had six doubles, four homers and a triple while pounding out a season-high 17 hits. Detroit, which is one-half game behind first-place Cleveland in the AL Central, had 41 hits and outscored Kansas City 26-12 over the weekend.
“We swung the bats obviously very well,” said manager Jim Leyland, whose team is hitting .318 and averaging almost seven runs during its current streak. “We’re swinging pretty good.”
Craig Monroe, Curtis Granderson and Gary Sheffield each hit two-run homers in a six-run second inning for the Tigers on Sunday. Monroe went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, and Granderson added three hits and three RBIs.
“We come out and prepare to win every day,” said Monroe, who is hitting .400 (8-for-20) with three homers and nine RBIs in his last five games to raise his average to .233. “We know how to prepare. The attitude on this team is we’re going to accomplish the things we’re trying to accomplish.”
Jeremy Bonderman (1-0, 3.69 ERA) will take the ball for the Tigers on Tuesday after pushing back his original Sunday start to allow a blister on his index finger to heal.
The right-hander allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings of Detroit’s 8-4 win over Baltimore on April 30 for his first decision in six starts.
“It was nice to get a win—this has been a weird month for me,” said Bonderman, who is 2-2 with a 3.34 ERA in five starts against Seattle.
The Tigers will be without key reliever Joel Zumaya for at least 12 weeks after he ruptured a tendon in his middle finger while warming up in the bullpen Saturday. The hard-throwing right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA.
“It’s the only break we got in the four games. We took advantage of it when it happened,” manager Mike Hargrove said.
The Mariners, who are 2-3 on their eight-game road trip, are one-half game behind the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels.
Beltre, who’s hitting just .245, homered for the second time in three games.
Horacio Ramirez (2-1, 6.64) will take the mound for the Mariners on Tuesday. The left-hander, who is making his first start against the Tigers, will look to bounce back after allowing seven runs and 11 hits in four innings in Seattle’s 8-7 loss at Boston on Thursday.
Detroit went 6-3 against Seattle last season, but the Mariners won two of three in the only series at Comerica Park.