Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter (48) runs the bases after he hits a home run of Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) in the second inning at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Torii Hunter led the way in a Detroit Tigers'
offensive onslaught against the Washington Nationals.
Hunter finished a triple shy of the cycle while going 4-for-5 with three RBI
in the Tigers' 11-1 rout at Comerica Park.
Alex Avila clubbed a two-run homer and Ramon Santiago plated a pair with a
double for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who swept this two-game interleague
set and have won five straight and nine of their last 10 games overall.
Detroit, playing without slugger Miguel Cabrera (abdominal strain), roughed up
Washington starter Gio Gonzalez (7-4) to the tune of 10 runs and 11 hits in 3
1/3 innings. Gonzalez had given up just 15 earned runs over a 10-start stretch
since his last loss on May 27.
Justin Verlander (11-8) needed 103 pitches to get through six frames, but
limited the Nationals to a first-inning run and four hits. However, he did
walk five batters.
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