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Dbacks rally to edge Tigers, 5-4

PHOENIX--Torii Hunter delivered a one-out, two-run single with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 4-3 lead.

But the bullpen blew the lead in the bottom of the eighth and the Tigers went on to lose to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-4, Tuesday night at Chase Field.

Phil Coke gave up back-to-back walks to Ender Inciarte and David Peralta with one out. Aaron Hill, who drove in the Diamondbacks' first three runs, had his chance for heroics against Al Alburquerque, but flied out to left. Alburquerque then gave up a walk to Paul Goldschmidt to load the bases.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus brought in lefty Ian Krol to face left-handed hitter Miguel Montero, who delivered a two-run single to put the Diamondbacks ahead.

The Tigers led off the eighth with back-to-back singles by Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera off right-handed Brad Ziegler. With runners on the corners, Victor Martinez hit into a fielder's choice and Kinsler was eventually caught in a rundown trying to score.

J.D. Martinez, who was 0-for-3, nailed Ziegler with a comebacker, loading the bases with one out for the Tigers. That brought up the hot-hitting Hunter, who had hit a two-run home run in Monday's 4-3 win.

With his two-run single, Hunter is now hitting .500 (4-for-8) with 11 RBIs this season with the bases loaded. He is now batting .363 (24-for-66) with 21 RBIs in July.

Tigers starter Rick Porcello was efficient, using 77 pitches to get through seven innings for the Tigers. He allowed five hits and three earned runs with no walks and had five strikeouts.

Peralta and Hill were the two hitters who gave Porcello problems. Peralta hit his second triple of the game in the bottom of the sixth and came home to break a 2-2 tie when Hill grounded out to short. It was Hill's third RBI of the game.

Austin Jackson, who scored each of the first two runs for the Tigers, came up with the tying run on second and two outs in the top of the seventh, but grounded out to short. Eugenio Suarez had singled with one out and Rick Porcello laid down a sacrifice bunt toward first on a full count.

Ausmus had decided to let Porcello, who was at 70 pitches through six innings, bat rather than bring in a pinch-hitter.

Jackson led off the game with a single and came home to score on an RBI single by Cabrera. It was Cabrera's 77th RBI of the season.

The Diamondbacks tied the game in the bottom of the first when Hill hit a solo home run to left. Hill has three career hits off Porcello, two for home runs.

Jackson hit a one-out single in the third and advanced to second on a bunt single by Kinsler. With two outs, Victor Martinez drew an intentional walk to load the bases. Jackson came home on a wild pitch to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.

Peralta led off the third with a triple to right and came home on Hill's sacrifice fly to right, tying the game, 2-2.

Right-handed pitcher Chase Anderson allowed five hits, three walks and two earned runs over six innings with five strikeouts for the Diamondbacks.

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