Tigers 12, Phillies 4

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

DETROIT -- Jhonny Peralta's grand slam capped an eight-run sixth inning fueled by three Philadelphia errors Sunday that gave the Detroit Tigers a 12-4 victory and handed the sagging Phillies their eighth straight loss.
Philadelphia actually held a 3-0 lead but Rick Porcello (8-6) limited the damage and allowed only those three runs on seven hits in his six innings. Drew Smyly, Bruce Rondon and Phil Coke worked an inning each as Detroit won its seventh game in its last eight.
Detroit had just two hits in its eight-run sixth -- Peralta's fourth career grand slam and a Ramon Santiago's second bunt single of the game.
Don Kelly had a sacrifice fly that was dropped for an error, Matt Tuiasosopo and Victor Martinez drew bases-loaded walks and another run scored when Prince Fielder hit a fielder's choice grounder that first baseman Darin Ruf threw high to the plate for a run-allowing error.
Reliever Jake Diekman (0-1) made one of the errors that led to his defeat but should have been out of the inning without a run scoring. The Tigers attempted two sacrifice bunts in the inning and the Phillies saw one go for a single and Diekman threw the other wildly to second.
A three-run rally by Detroit in the fifth tied the score at 3-3.
Santiago started rally with a leadoff drag bunt single followed by singles by Austin Jackson, Kelly and Tuiasosopo. Fielder grounded out to second for the second run and Martinez tied the score when he grounded out to first.
Philadelphia nicked Porcello for RBI singles in the second, fourth and fifth innings, by Carlos Ruiz, Laynce Nix and Ruf, respectively. Kevin Frandsen's RBI single off Rondon in the eighth brought in the Phillies' fourth run.
Miguel Cabrera was kicked out of the game with an 0-2 count in the third inning by home plate umpire Paul Fairchild for complaining about the call on both pitches. Manager Jim Leyland joined him in the clubhouse moments later.
Tuiasosopo replaced Cabrera at the plate.
NOTES: Fairchild also was behind the plate July 11 and kicked out the Leyland and Luke Putkonen when the right-hander threw a pitch behind Chicago's Alexei Ramirez. ... Peralta is one of the players facing possible suspension by Major League Baseball (reports say the announcements could come this week) because his name has been linked to the Biogenesis scandal. Peralta and the Tigers have said nothing on the subject. If Peralta is suspended, one possible replacement is rookie Hernan Perez, who had an RBI single in the seventh. ... Philadelphia's 10-0 and 12-4 losses to Detroit marked the 10th and 11th times the Phillies allowed 10 or more runs in a game this season, two more than the previous two years combined. ... Torii Hunter was held out of Detroit's starting lineup to give his sore left Achilles tendon more time to heal. ... Long-time Phillies beat writer and national baseball columnist Paul Hagen was inducted into the writer's wing of baseball's Hall of Fame on Saturday.

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