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Raburn catch helps Tigers avoid sweep

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Final - 7.3.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco Giants 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 8 3
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 2 X 6 6 1
WP: Rick Porcello (7 - 6)
SV: Jose Valverde (20)
LP: Jeremy Affeldt (1 - 2)

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BOX

KEY STAT

Brennan Boesch was 2-for-4. His hits were a home run and double.

KEY PLAY

With runners on first and second in the eighth inning and Detroit leading 4-3, Aaron Rowand hit a line drive to left field. Ryan Raburn was playing in left field. I imagine Tigers fans everywhere groaned. Raburn stretched out in a dive and snared the ball for the third out. Had it got by him, the game tying run and probably the leading run score. Video here.

KEY THOUGHTS

Detroit actually trailed 3-1 as they entered the bottom of the sixth inning. Then they realized they have not been swept in interleague play yet this year and decided to keep up the tradition of doing just enough. Or something like that. In any case, The Tigers rallied with five runs scored in their final three innings at the plate to pull off the victory.

Rick Porcello got back on track with six strike outs and three earned runs allowed across seven innings of work. He allowed five hits and walked two.

Jose Valverde got his 20th save but allowed a hit and walk first. He's no Todd Jones or Fernando Rodney but he's not exactly making it look easy.

The Tigers finished interleague play with a record of 7-11. The Twins and Royals also had losing records.