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Published: Sunday, 5/18/2008

Tigers hold off Arizona

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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Armando Galarraga picked up the victory, allowing one hit and two runs in six innings. Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Armando Galarraga picked up the victory, allowing one hit and two runs in six innings.
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PHOENIX - Carlos Guillen hit a two-run single and Matt Joyce homered to lead the

Detroit Tigers to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday, snapping a five-game losing streak.

Armando Galarraga (3-1) kept the Diamondbacks at bay, allowing two runs and one hit in six-plus innings.

Todd Jones pitched the ninth for his sixth save in six chances. He hit leadoff man Justin Upton before retiring Mark Reynolds, Eric Byrnes and Chris Snyder on fly balls.

With Chase Field's roof open on a 94-degree evening, Galarraga and Arizona's Max Scherzer (0-2) dueled through four scoreless innings in the twilight.

Galarraga walked two of the first three men he faced but escaped by retiring Conor Jackson on a liner to short and Justin Upton on a pop to second. Galarraga cruised from there, retiring the side in order in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth.

He tired in the seventh, walking Upton and Reynolds to open the inning.

Manager Jim Leyland lifted Galarraga, who threw 111 pitches, 23 more than his previous high.

Galarraga walked five and struck out three.

Clay Rapada came on and walked pinch-hitter Byrnes to load the bases.

Leyland brought on Aquilino Lopez, who gave up a sacrifice fly to Snyder and a single to pinch-hitter Miguel Montero that made it 3-2.

Chris Young bounced into a 5-4-3 double play to end the rally.

The Diamondbacks blew a chance to tie the game in the eighth on a smart play by Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

After Stephen Drew led off with a single, Hudson popped up a bunt in front of the plate. Rodriguez let the ball drop, picked it up and fired to second to get Drew.

Hudson was slow leaving the box and was easily retired on a 2-6-3 double play.

Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the fifth.

The rally began when Scherzer walked Galarraga, who had struck out in his first major-league at-bat in the third inning. Curtis Granderson followed with a single, and Detroit loaded the bases on Jackson's fielding error on a grounder by Joyce.

One pitch later, Carlos Guillen lined a single to left field to score Galarraga and Granderson.

Scherzer went five innings, allowing two unearned runs and three hits.

He walked four and struck out five.

In the seventh, Joyce hit a 1-2 delivery from Brandon Medders into the first row of the right field bleachers to put the Tigers ahead 3-0. It was the rookie's fourth homer in 29 at-bats.

NOTES: Detroit RF Magglio Ordonez went errorless for the 180th straight game. It's the long-

est streak by a Tigers outfielder since Al Kaline went 242 consecutive errorless games from April 15, 1970, to July 2, 1972. ... The game drew 48,804, Chase Field's second sellout. Country recording artist Trace Adkins performed a postgame concert.



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