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Verlander picks up win, Nathan save in Tigers' win

PHOENIX -- Joe Nathan earned his 20th save of the season for the Detroit Tigers.

The Tigers snapped the Arizona Diamondbacks' four-game home winning streak with a 4-3 win at Chase Field on Monday night. The Tigers improved to 5-3 in interleague play this season.

On a full count, Martin Prado struck out looking at a slider. Didi Gregorious flied out to center. Pinch hitter Cody Ross singled to center. David Peralta grounded out to first to end the game.

Miguel Cabrera's RBI single to center allowed Austin Jackson to score, breaking a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning. It was a 425-foot single for Cabrera, who was thrown out as he slid into second after the ball he hit bounced off the center field porch. The crew chief called for a review to determine whether Cabrera had hit a home run or not. Replay showed the ball hit below the yellow line.

The Diamondbacks stranded the tying run at third in the seventh. With two outs, Verlander gave up a walk to David Peralta. Al Alburquerque replaced Verlander and gave up a line drive single to center to Aaron Hill. With runners on the corners, Paul Goldschmidt grounded into a force.

The Tigers had a 3-0 lead before the Diamondbacks had their first hit.

The Diamondbacks came back to score twice in the fourth and tied the game in the sixth, 3-3, when Justin Verlander gave up a solo home run to right to Gerardo Parra.

Verlander allowed six hits, three walks and three earned runs over 6 2/3 innings with five strikeouts for the Tigers.

Verlander had allowed one walk and no hits over the first three innings before giving up a leadoff single to Aaron Hill in the fourth. Paul Goldschmidt followed with a double to left. Miguel Montero hit a sharp line drive that deflected off Verlander. Hill came home to score as Ian Kinsler made a good throw to get Montero at first. Mark Trumbo followed with an RBI single to left. With two outs, Martin Prado was credited with a double to left. The ball dropped in and Davis couldn't handle the ball on the hop. Verlander then intentionally walked Didi Gregorius to load the bases, before pitcher Vidal Nuno grounded out to second.

Verlander struck out Goldschmidt for the third out of the fifth. That was Verlander's fourth strikeout of the game and the 1,771st strikeout of his career, moving him past Hal Newhouser (1,770) for sole possession of third place in franchise history for career strikeouts. Only Mickey Lolich (2,679 from 1963-75) and Jack Morris (1,980 from 1977-90) have more.

Torii Hunter hit a two-run home run on the first pitch he saw from Diamondbacks lefty Nuno to give the Tigers an early lead in the second inning. With two out and a man on, Verlander hit a ball to left that died just before the warning track for the third out.

Austin Jackson, on a full count, hit a solo home run off Nuno in the top of the third inning to give the Tigers a three-run lead. It was Jackson's fourth home run of the season and first since May 23 against Texas.

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