MLB Game Summary - Detroit at Chicago Cubs|
(Thursday, June 14th)
Final Score: Detroit 5, Chicago Cubs 3
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Justin Verlander continued his interleague
dominance with eight strong innings, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago
Cubs, 5-3, to win a three-game series at Wrigley Field.
Verlander (6-4) picked up his 17th win in 23 career interleague starts after
allowing two runs on Thursday. He struck out eight batters and lowered his
career interleague ERA to 2.73 in his first win since May 18.
The reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner had gone four starts without a
win, his longest such stretch since 2009.
Austin Jackson homered and knocked in the winning run in a three-hit game for
Detroit, which has won five of seven. Jose Valverde received his 13th save
despite yielding a run in the ninth.
"You've got to take it game by game. We can't try to do too much," Jackson
said. "We've definitely been battling these last couple months. We've been
going out there and putting up the effort, and if we do that we'll be in a
good spot at the end of the year."
Darwin Barney had a pair of hits and knocked in a run for the Cubs, who
continue to sit in the National League's basement after seeing their June
record drop to 3-10.
Travis Wood (0-3) is still winless in a Cubs uniform after giving up three
runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.
"It was another battle for me out there today," Wood said. "I was able to keep
it close and pitch out of a lot of jams. A guy like Verlander is a great
pitcher even when he doesn't have his 'A' game."
Thursday's matchup was an enormous mismatch on paper, with arguably the game's
best pitcher going against the team with the worst record in the majors.
The Tigers predictably jumped out to an early lead behind Verlander, scoring
in each of the first two innings on RBI doubles from Prince Fielder and
recently recalled Ryan Raburn.
Chicago, however, pushed a pair across in the home second after Alfonso
Soriano and Bryan LaHair both singled to begin the inning. Barney's one-out
double scored Soriano, and Luis Valbuena, playing in his first game of the
season, grounded out to plate LaHair from third.
Neither team put a runner past second from the third through the sixth, but
the Tigers went ahead for good in the seventh.
Raburn's infield single started the rally, and Verlander's sacrifice bunt
moved him to second. Jackson came through with a clutch two-out RBI single to
put Detroit ahead, 3-2, before adding some insurance in the ninth with a two-
run homer off Shawn Camp.
The home run was crucial for the Tigers because Valverde yielded an RBI
groundout by David DeJesus in the last half-inning.
Raburn had been sent down to the minors in May after a .209 on-base percentage
in 37 games..Valbuena's contract was selected from Triple-A Iowa on Thursday.
The team also activated catcher Welington Castillo from the 15-day disabled
list while placing infielder Ian Stewart on the DL and designating catcher
Koyie Hill for assignment...Tigers infielder Miguel Cabrera went 0-for-5
Thursday and 2-for-14 in the series...Wood compiled 11 wins with the Reds
before an offseason trade...Verlander has twice had streaks of five games
without earning a win.
06/14 20:56:25 ET