Phillies 6, Tigers 2, 1st game; Tigers 5, Phillies 4, 11 innings, 2nd game
“That was quite a win for us,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said outside a boisterous Tigers clubhouse.
Detroit had been 0-26 in games it trailed after eight innings, before rallying against Billy Wagner in the ninth.
In the opener, Jason Michaels homered and drove in four runs, leading the Phillies past the Tigers 6-2.
The nightcap was delayed 51 minutes by rain before the sixth inning, the fourth straight day weather affected a Phillies game.
Brandon Inge tied it at 4 with a one-out, solo homer off Wagner in the ninth inning. It was Wagner’s second blown save in 11 opportunities after converting 44 of 48 chances for Houston last year.
“It was a bad pitch, down and over the middle,” Wagner said of his fastball to Inge.
Pinch-hitter Greg Norton hit a two-out single off Ryan Madson (4-2) in the 11th and Bobby Higginson followed with a single. Norton scored just ahead of right fielder Bobby Abreu’s throw on Guillen’s single to make it 5-4.
“They got three, two-out hits. That’s tough to do. You have to give them credit,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.
Brett Myers (5-3) allowed two runs—one earned—and four hits in seven innings in the opener. He struck out five and walked one, winning for the fifth time in six decisions.
Michaels, giving Abreu the afternoon off against left-hander Mike Maroth, went 3-for-3 with a walk. He broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run shot to almost straightaway center field in the sixth.
Michaels’ two-out RBI single tied it at 1 in the fourth. He added an RBI double in the seventh.
Michaels also threw out speedy Alex Sanchez at the plate in the sixth on a single to right by Higginson, and made a sliding catch in the third.
“It’s tough because I don’t play too much,” Michaels said. “I try not to do more than I should. I try to simplify it. I can only provide a good at-bat.”
Maroth (5-4) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings. A 21-game loser last season, Maroth hasn’t had much luck in recent outings. He’s 1-3 in his last six starts, despite a 3.05 ERA during that span.
“I just kept mixing everything up,” Maroth said.
The Phillies erased an early 3-0 deficit in the second game, tying it on Todd Pratt’s RBI single off Esteban Yan in the seventh. After pinch-hitter Pat Burrell grounded out, Jimmy Rollins drove in Pratt with a liner down the right-field line.
Rollins’ RBI single cut it to 3-1 in the third. Ledee’s solo homer made it 3-2 in the fourth.
Gary Knotts allowed two runs and four hits in five innings, but left after the rain delay.
Phillies starter Kevin Millwood gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings. He tied a season-high with seven strikeouts, but is winless in his last seven outings, going 0-4 with a 6.62 ERA.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Guillen in the fourth inning of the opener. A throwing error by third baseman David Bell set up the unearned run. A solo homer by Eric Munson cut it to 3-2 in the seventh.
“Sometimes we’re good. Sometimes we’re not,” Trammell said.
It was the first time this week the Phillies made it through a game without a rain delay or postponement.
Philadelphia’s 10-7 victory over Cincinnati on Monday—a makeup game from a rainout in April—was stopped three times, with delays totaling 3 hours, 54 minutes. It ended at 2:06 on Tuesday morning.
Detroit’s 10-3 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday night was delayed 1:45 before it started. Wednesday night’s game was called almost two hours after thescheduled start.
Tigers C Ivan Rodriguez went 0-for-2 in the second game, snapping his hitting streak at 14 games. … A crowd of 44,551 came out to see the opener of the first day-night doubleheader in the brief history of Citizens Bank Park. It was the 14th sellout this season and second-largest crowd. … Former Phillies C Darren Daulton filled in for Larry Andersen on the team’s television broadcast. Andersen, a former reliever, was in Seattle for his daughter’s highschool graduation.