Game Recap 7-21 @ D-backs

The Detroit Tigers kicked off their West Coast road trip with a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks last night to improve their MLB best road record to 29-16. Justin Verlander pitched 6 2/3 innings of three run baseball to earn his ninth win of the season and MLB record 13th interleague win in as many decisions.
The Tigers kicked off the scoring in the top of the second off of Torii Hunter’s two run home run, his second in as many games. The home run plated Victor Martinez and was Hunter’s 14th of the 2014 season.
The Tigers took a 3-0 lead in the third inning when Austin Jackson hit his fourth home run of the season. Jackson also added a double for his foruth straight multiple hit game. He also has multiple hits in eight of his past ten games. In the 16 games since returning to the lead off spot, Jackson is hitting .386 with an OBP of .429.
The Tigers lead would not hold up for the remainder of the game though as Arizona would come back with two runs in the fourth, one on a groubout by Miguel Montero, the other on a single by Mark Trumbo.
With two outs in the sixth inning, it seemed as if Verlander would get through seven complete innings giving up only two runs. Gerrardo Parra would change that with his sixth home run of the year to tie the game at three. The home run would be the end of Verlander’s night and the Tigers would have to rely on their bullpen to keep them in the game.
The Tigers would take the lead for good in the seventh inning off of a long single by Miguel Cabrera that hit just below the yellow home run line. Cabrera was thrown out at second trying to stretch his single into a double. After the Tigers challenged the call, the ruling on the field was confirmed and the Tigers held on to the 4-3 lead after seven innings.
Joe Nathan took the mound for the Tigers in the ninth inning trying to preserve the save, which would be his 20th of the season. After getting the frist two outs, Nathan gave up a single but no more as he was able to shut the door on the Diamondbacks to preserve the win.
The win pushed the Tigers record to 55-41 on the season and they now own a 6.5 game division lead over second place Cleveland. Game two of this three game series is tonight at 9:40 PM.