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Tigers pound Chico, hold on over Nats

Jun 19, 2007 - 3:55 AM WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Marcus Thames, Carlos Guillen and the rest of the defending American League champions made it a quick night for rookie Matt Chico.

Thames and Guillen each homered and the Detroit Tigers pounded Chico before holding on for dear life in a 9-8 triumph over the Washington Nationals on Monday in the opener of a three-game interleague series.

The Tigers improved to 3-1 on their current nine-game road trip, which concludes this weekend in Atlanta. They also won their major league-leading 22nd road game, but not before taking a deep breath in the ninth.

"It got a little hairy there in the end," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We got it done. Getting the win was the most important thing."

Leading, 9-5, closer Todd Jones made it interesting, yielding a two-run triple to Cristian Guzman and an RBI single by Felipe Lopez. With runners on first and second and no outs, Jones then struck out Dmitri Young before getting Austin Kearns and pinch hitter Ronnie Belliard on groundouts.

Long before Jones' struggles, Chico (3-5) was in a whole lot of trouble. The lefthander had not allowed more than four runs in any of his last eight starts, but Detroit tagged him for eight runs and nine hits in four-plus frames.

"I thought after the first inning I was OK. It kind of got away from me," Chico said. "All my fastballs were up, my slider, and change up. I just didn't execute."

Thames started the assault with an RBI single in the second and belted his fifth homer of the season in the fifth off reliever Winston Abreu that extended the advantage to 9-1.

"I was happy to contribute. It turned out that my homer was the deciding run, so you never know," Thames said. You can't let up or take things for granted when you have a comfortable lead."

Guillen doubled and scored in the second, drilled his 10th blast of the season in the fourth and greeted Abreu with a two-run single in the fifth.








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    DETROIT 0 2 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 9 11 1
    WASHINGTON 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 3 8 13 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: DET - MIKE MAROTH, BOBBY SEAY (6TH), JASON GRILLI (6TH), EULOGIO DE
    LA CRUZ (8TH), TODD JONES (9TH) AND IVAN RODRIGUEZ
    WAS - MATT CHICO, WINSTON ABREU (5TH), SAUL R

    Jun 18 10:00 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY FELIPE LOPEZ SCORED CRISTIAN GUZMAN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, F LOPEZ ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 9
    WASHINGTON 8 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: R ZIMMERMAN (.250, 0-FOR-4, RBI)

    Tigers vs. NationalsJun 18 9:50 PM
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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY CRISTIAN GUZMAN SCORED RYAN LANGERHANS AND ROBERT
    FICK.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C GUZMAN ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 9
    WASHINGTON 7 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: F LOPEZ (.231, 1-FOR-3, BB, RBI)

    Tigers vs. NationalsJun 18 9:48 PM
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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BRIAN SCHNEIDER SCORED DMITRI YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, R CHURCH ON FIRST, A KEARNS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 9
    WASHINGTON 5 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: N LOGAN (.210, 0-FOR-2)

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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN CHURCH SCORED RYAN ZIMMERMAN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R CHURCH ON FIRST, A KEARNS ON SECOND, D
    YOUNG ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 9
    WASHINGTON 4 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: B SCHNEIDER (.236, 0-FOR-1, SF, RBI)

    Tigers vs. NationalsJun 18 8:55 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY CARLOS GUILLEN ALLOWED FELIPE LOPEZ TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R ZIMMERMAN ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 9
    WASHINGTON 3 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: D YOUNG (.335, 1-FOR-2)

    Tigers vs. NationalsJun 18 8:47 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY FELIPE LOPEZ SCORED CRISTIAN GUZMAN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, F LOPEZ ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 9
    WASHINGTON 2 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: R ZIMMERMAN (.252, 0-FOR-2)

    Tigers vs. NationalsJun 18 8:47 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MARCUS THAMES (5) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF WINSTON ABREU.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 9, WASHINGTON 1
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: B INGE (.252, 0-FOR-1, SF, RBI)

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    IVAN RODRIGUEZ HIT INTO DOUBLE PLAY SCORING MAGGLIO
    ORDONEZ.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 8
    WASHINGTON 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M THAMES (.229, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS GUILLEN SCORED PLACIDO POLANCO AND GARY
    SHEFFIELD.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, C GUILLEN ON FIRST, M ORDONEZ ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 7
    WASHINGTON 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: I RODRIGUEZ (.295, 0-FOR-2)

    Tigers vs. NationalsJun 18 8:28 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GARY SHEFFIELD SCORED MIKE MAROTH AND CURTIS
    GRANDERSON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G SHEFFIELD ON FIRST, P POLANCO ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    WASHINGTON 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M ORDONEZ (.372, 1-FOR-2)

    Tigers vs. NationalsJun 18 8:17 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CARLOS GUILLEN (10) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 4TH OFF MATT CHICO.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 3, WASHINGTON 1
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: I RODRIGUEZ (.296, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers vs. NationalsJun 18 7:55 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BRIAN SCHNEIDER SCORED DMITRI YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R CHURCH ON FIRST, A KEARNS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2
    WASHINGTON 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: N LOGAN (.215, 0 HR, 5 RBI)

    Tigers vs. NationalsJun 18 7:33 PM


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    SACRIFICE FLY BY BRANDON INGE SCORED CARLOS GUILLEN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M THAMES ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2
    WASHINGTON 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M MAROTH (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Tigers vs. NationalsJun 18 7:24 PM


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    SINGLE BY MARCUS THAMES SCORED MAGGLIO ORDONEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M THAMES ON FIRST, C GUILLEN ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 1
    WASHINGTON 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: B INGE (.254, 11 HR, 31 RBI)

    Tigers vs. NationalsJun 18 7:22 PM
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