MIAMI — Detroit’s Jhonny Peralta played in his first game since completing a 50-game suspension, going 1 for 4 with an RBI in the Tigers’ 3-2 loss to the Miami Marlins on Friday night.
Peralta, who was suspended for his involvement in the Florida-based Biogenesis performance-enhancing lab, started in left field and had his first chance on Giancarlo Stanton’s bases-loaded double in the third inning that gave Miami a 3-0 lead. The Marlins loaded the bases on Koyle Hill’s leadoff single and consecutive two-out walks to Placido Polanco and Christian Yelich.
Peralta’s run-scoring double chased Miami starter Tom Koehler in the sixth and cut the Marlins’ lead to 3-2.
Stanton drove in three runs for the Marlins and Koehler (5-10) pitched 5 1-3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits while walking three and striking out three.
Ryan Webb relieved Koehler and pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings and Chad Qualls followed with a perfect eighth. Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless ninth for his 29th consecutive save and 34th in 36 opportunities.
The Tigers scored their first run on Austin Jackson’s run-scoring single in the fifth. Koehler struck out Andy Dirks to end the Tigers’ threat.
Detroit’s Jose Alvarez (1-5) lasted 2 2-3 innings in his return to the starting rotation after eight relief appearances. He allowed three runs and two hits, walking two and striking out three in his first start since Aug. 16.
Earlier Friday, the Marlins fired Larry Beinfest, the team’s president of baseball operations. Beinfest had overseen player personnel for the Marlins since 2002.
NOTES: Former Marlin Miguel Cabrera received a warm ovation before his first at-bat in the first inning and after he was removed for a pinch runner following his leadoff single in the sixth. Cabrera, who went 2 for 3, played with the Marlins the first five seasons of his career before being traded to Detroit in 2008. ... 1B Prince Fielder was replaced by Don Kelly after he walked to lead off the second. ... The roof at Marlins Park was open for the 14th time in the season.
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