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Published: Sunday, 5/24/2009

Tigers' streak ends

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Todd Helton watches his solo home run clear the fence in the sixth inning Saturday night in Detroit as the Rockies won 4-3. Todd Helton watches his solo home run clear the fence in the sixth inning Saturday night in Detroit as the Rockies won 4-3.
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DETROIT - The Colorado Rockies had several chances to lose Saturday night's game.

That only made it more enjoyable for Clint Hurdle when they didn't.

"That was definitely a gutty win," the Rockies manager said after his team ended the Detroit Tigers' seven-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory. "We had to deal with a lot of adversity in this one."

Hurdle was especially happy that a flukey play in the sixth didn't cost his team more than an insurance run.

With the Rockies having just taken a 4-3 lead on Todd Helton's homer, Garrett Atkins hit what appeared to be a two-out RBI single to center. As Chris Iannetta rounded third, Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson misplayed the ball in an attempt to get off a rushed throw to the plate.

Iannetta, however, strained his right hamstring and could only limp back to third as Granderson retrieved the ball.

"That's one of the craziest plays I've ever seen," Hurdle said. "The kid hits a routine RBI single and we've got a runner already around third with the ball laying five feet behind the center fielder, and we don't get the run."

Fortunately, four runs were enough for Jason Marquis and the Colorado bullpen.

Marquis (6-3) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk in 72/3 innings to win his second straight start.

"I had to battle through some things early, but I felt like I cruising from about the fourth inning on," Marquis said. "I had my good fastball tonight and I was able to keep it down in the zone."

Marquis threw 103 pitches before coming out of the game.

"He didn't give us much of a chance tonight," Brandon Inge said. "That was the key tonight - he just shut us down."

Randy Flores got the final out of the eighth and Huston Street put two runners on base in the ninth before finishing for his sixth save in six tries and the 100th of his career.

"I could have kept going, but it was a great night to get Flores some work, and I'm proud to be part of Huston's 100th save," Marquis said. "That's a big milestone, but he's going to get a lot more."

Slumping Armando Galarraga (3-4) allowed four runs on six hits and a walk. Galarraga is now 0-4 in five May starts with a 9.92 ERA after going 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA in four April outings.

"He certainly wasn't terrible, but his stuff isn't crisp right now," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He gave us a chance to win, but he's not sharp."

Dexter Fowler hit Galarraga's third pitch of the game for a triple, then narrowly beat Clete Thomas' throw to score on Troy Tulowitzki's fly to right. On Friday, Thomas threw out Fowler at the plate during Detroit's 4-3 win.

"That kid has a great arm," Hurdle said. "When our third base coach sends someone, I expect them to be safe, but he made that a bang-bang play."

Iannetta's eighth homer made it 2-0 in the top of the second.



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