Odubel, Bourjos power up to end Tigers' winning ways
By Jason Beck and Kyle Beery
DETROIT -- Odubel Herrera's three-run home run and Peter Bourjos' solo shot powered a six-run attack against Anibal Sanchez as the Phillies captured the finale against the Tigers with an 8-5 win on Wednesday at Comerica Park.
After a double steal of second and home punctuated a two-run second inning, a pair of Tigers errors in the fourth helped set up Herrera, who pounced on a hanging slider from Sanchez and sent it into the right-field seats. Bourjos ended the afternoon for Sanchez (3-6) with a solo homer to begin the seventh.
"He had some real good innings and looked like he got in a groove, and then all of a sudden, he'd hang a pitch," said bench coach Gene Lamont, who filled in as manager for Brad Ausmus. "But we know how good of stuff he has. He just needs to put it together."
Aaron Nola (4-3) picked up the win with six strikeouts over six innings of four-run ball, withstanding a Tigers three-run, five-hit rally in the fifth.
Jeanmar Gomez retired the top of Tigers' lineup in order in the ninth for his Major League-leading 17th save.
Taking Sanchez deep: Sanchez has allowed 11 homers this season, second most in the American League. Bourjos finished Sanchez's third time through the Phillies' order with a solo home run in the seventh, his first of the season. More >
"I wanted him to face the right-handed hitter," Lamont said. "If I had known he was going to hit a home run, of course, I wouldn't have."
Double steal swipes a run: The Phillies took advantage of Sanchez's deliberate delivery and Bourjos' speed on first base to take a run on a double steal in the second inning. Tigers catcher James McCann, who has thrown out nine of 16 would-be basestealers this season, tried to throw out Bourjos and sailed it, allowing Andres Blanco to dash home as shortstop Jose Iglesias corralled the throw.
"We were going to come back home, but the throw [to second] got a little bit high and wide," Lamont said. "When it's like that, it just kind of takes the shortstop [out of position]. He just couldn't set himself to throw back home. If [Blanco] ran, we were going to throw back home." More >
Neris with back-to-back K's: After reliever David Hernandez had allowed three straight baserunners and a run in the seventh, Hector Neris came in to face the Nos. 4 and 5 batters of the Tigers' lineup. He threw a low splitter to get Victor Martinez to strike out swinging. With a full count during the next at-bat, Neris threw a quick pitch that froze Nick Castellanos to strand runners at first and second.
"That's the first time I've been quick-pitched, probably since 'A' ball," Castellanos said. "It is what it is. I was frustrated that it happened. Usually, it's been attempted, but it's always been stopped. Usually, [umpires] give the hitter that courtesy, but just learn and move on."
Maybin makes mark again:Cameron Maybin extended his hitting streak to nine games since his return from the disabled list with yet another clutch single, this one a line drive up the middle in the fifth to score Mike Aviles and start a three-run rally. Maybin singled again in the seventh and scored on a Miguel Cabrera single to creep the Tigers back a bit.
"For me, it was a must-win. We've lost four out of five, and I felt like we needed to come out of here with a win. And when we scored early, I felt pretty good. They answered back, but we went ahead again. So it was nice to see. The guys battled, and to me, it looked like they played like we had to win this game." -- Manager Pete Mackanin, on Phillies avoiding a sweep
"It was a good homestand. Once you're 7-1, you want to go out 8-1, but Nola's a good pitcher. We got to him, but we knew it was going to be a battle." -- Lamont, on the Tigers' 7-2 homestand
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Herrera has hit safely in 28 out of 31 games since he was moved to the leadoff spot on April 20.
Slugging Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco left the game with a right ankle sprain suffered while sliding into second base in the seventh inning. Cesar Hernandez took his place. More >
REPLAY REVIEW Freddy Galvis' whirling stop and throw to end an eighth-inning threat withstood a replay review when the Tigers argued that Iglesias beat the throw. After a one-minute, 28-second review, the call stood, stranding Steven Moya on third and preventing Maybin from stepping to the plate as the potential tying run.
WHAT'S NEXT Phillies: Philadelphia travels to Chicago on Friday to start a three-game series against the Cubs that will wrap up a six-game road trip. It is the first of two series between the two clubs this season, and Adam Morgan will make the start opposite the Cubs' Jon Lester at 2:20 p.m. ET.
Tigers: Detroit begins a six-game West Coast trip on Friday night in Oakland with a 10:05 p.m. ET game against the A's. The Tigers took three out of four when the two teams met in April at Comerica Park. Two rookies will face off in the opener, with Detroit's Michael Fulmer going up against Sean Manaea.