ATLANTA (AP) -- Andrew Miller and the Detroit Tigers certainly
enjoyed interleague play.
Miller threw six sharp innings and the Tigers beat the slumping
Atlanta Braves 5-to-0 tonight for their seventh straight win -- all
on the road against National League teams.
The A-L Central-leading Tigers finished 14-and-4 in interleague
games, tying the Angels for the best mark in the majors.
The Braves (38-38) have lost five straight, including four by
shutouts, to fall to .500 for the first time this season. The
Braves have been outscored 27-to-1 in the five losses, their
longest losing streak of the season.
Miller (3-1) has faced only N-L teams in his four starts. The
22-year-old left-hander was lifted after walking Andruw Jones to
open the seventh inning, as manager Jim Leyland continues to
closely watch his pitch counts.
Miller gave up four hits, walked two and struck out two while
throwing 88 pitches. Chad Durbin finished up to earn his first
Chuck James (6-7) allowed just two hits in the first five
innings, but left the game after allowing Detroit's first five
hitters in the sixth to reach base.
Omar Infante led off with a bunt single and moved to second when
James hit Placido Polanco with a pitch. Gary Sheffield's single to
center drove in Infante for a 1-0 lead, and Magglio Ordonez added
another single to load the bases.
Following a visit from pitching coach Roger McDowell, James
walked Carlos Guillen to force in a run. Ivan Rodriguez hit
reliever Pete Moylan's first pitch to left for a two-run single.