DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers are successfully dealing with adversity; the Philadelphia Phillies are not.
Detroit, dealing with assorted injuries to Omar Infanta, Miguel Cabrera and Torii Hunter, took advantage of three Philadelphia errors to score eight runs on just two hits in the sixth inning Sunday to take a 12-4 victory from the Phillies. It was the Tigers' seventh win in their last eight games.
Cabrera did play on Sunday, although he and manager Jim Leyland were ejected in the third inning for arguing balls and strikes.
Philadelphia, minus key players Ryan Howard, Ben Revere and Domonic Brown, has lost eight straight games while scoring just 13 runs in those eight outings.
"We caught them while they didn't have some of their key players," said Leyland. "And they had to go with a spot starter against us."
But he also noted every team has problems.
"You still have to take advantage of the situation," he said. "We had a couple guys out, they had a couple out.
"We've won something like five out of six without Cabrera but you're not going to do that over the long haul."
The Phillies took advantage of some opportunities to score single runs off Rick Porcello (8-6) in the second, fourth and fifth innings. Run-scoring singles by Carlos Ruiz, Laynce Nix and Darin Ruf gave Philadelphia a 3-0 lead.
But Detroit tied it with three runs in the fifth on four straight singles capped by Matt Tuiasosopo's RBI base hit plus RBI groundouts by Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez.
Then came the Phillies' disastrous sixth. Errors by losing pitcher Jake Diekman (0-1) on an attempted sacrifice bunt, a dropped sacrifice fly in left by rookie Steve Susdorf (who also had his first Major League hit) and a throwing error to the plate by Ruf did the damage.
"Sometimes when you're playing badly, that's the way it goes," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I'm upset with it. In some ways it's embarrassing."
The only hits Detroit got in the inning were Ramon Santiago's second bunt single of the game (it was supposed to be a sacrifice) and Jhonny Peralta's fourth career grand slam. The Tigers got bases-loaded walks by Tuiasosopo and Martinez, and scored two runs on two of the errors.
"I've seen some rough ones," Manuel said. "so I won't say this one tops them. But this is the Major Leagues. Through effort, you're going to make mistakes. But you're supposed to be able to play up here."
Home plate umpire Chad Fairchild ejected two Tigers for the second time this month. He leads the majors with eight ejections, six this month.
Cabrera expressed some displeasure with two called strikes, and Fairchild wasted no time thumbing him. Leyland came out and got the heave-ho almost immediately. Tuiasosopo came in to finish Cabrera's at-bat and struck out on a 2-2 pitch so the strikeout goes to the regular third baseman.
Fairchild kicked out Leyland and reliever Luke Putkonen on July 11 when the pitcher threw a ball behind Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
Hernan Perez also singled in a run for Detroit, in the seventh, while Kevin Frandsen had an RBI single in the eighth for Philadelphia's last run.
Reports Sunday indicated Major League Baseball was going to announce the remainder of its suspensions for players involved in the Biogenesis PED scandal, and Peralta's name is among those.
GM Dave Dombrowski said it's an MLB matter and he's been told nothing. Peralta and Leyland have had zero to say on the subject.
NOTES: 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. ... 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. ... Attendance at Comerica Park was 41,326, marking the seventh sold-out game in a row and the 19th of the season for Detroit.