Rajai Davis showed off some speed in the outfield and on the base paths as the Tigers' new center fielder.
Davis hit a two-run single to break a scoreless tie in the fifth inning and then scored from first on a double by Ian Kinsler to give the Tigers a three-run cushion.
The Tigers went on to beat the Rockies, 4-2, Friday at Comerica Park.
Justin Verlander improved to 25-2 in Interleague play. He gave up eight hits, no walks and two runs over eight innings with five strikeouts. Verlander has now won each of his last 14 decisions against National League teams dating back to June 27, 2010.
Davis finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. He moved over from center to left field in the ninth inning and Ezequiel Carrera, just called up from Triple-A Toledo, took over in center.
Davis and Carrera could end up sharing time in center after Austin Jackson was shipped to Seattle as part of the three-way trade that brought pitcher David Price to the Tigers from the Rays on Thursday.
The Tigers had managed two hits over the first four innings off Rockies starter Franklin Morales, who came into the game with a 6.20 ERA in 45 innings on the road this season.
With one out, Bryan Holaday singled and Eugenio Suarez hit a double to left. Davis singled on a ground ball to center to score Holaday and Suarez. Davis seemed to display an extra gear as he sped around third base to score on Kinsler's double.
Victor Martinez added an RBI single to center to score Davis in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Tigers a 4-2 lead. With two outs and the bases loaded, J.D. Martinez grounded into force at third.
The Rockies had scored twice in the top of the seventh. Verlander gave up singles to Justin Morneau and Brandon Barnes. With runners on second and third with one out, Willin Rosario singled to left to bring home Morneau. Josh Rutledge reached on a fielder's choice that scored Barnes. Nick Castellanos threw home but Holaday didn't apply the tag until after Barnes' slid into home plate.
Morales gave up three runs on six hits and four walks over six innings with two strikeouts for the Rockies.
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