PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- In case anyone in Detroit cares, Jeremy Bonderman gave fans another reason to celebrate along with a
"It was as good as it gets," manager Alan Trammell said. "It
Trammell spoke while craning his neck around reporters trying to
watch the final seconds of the Detroit Pistons winning the NBA
Most of the Tigers were only interested in watching and
celebrating in the locker room. Bonderman politely asked reporters
to step aside so he could watch the Pistons.
Bonderman (5-5) was crisp and in control, tying a career high
with eight strikeouts and walking only two. He allowed his only hit
in the fourth and won for the first time in five starts.
"I was able to spot my fastball and keep guys off balance most
of the game," Bonderman said.
Bonderman pitched only 7 1-3 innings in his last three starts,
including a two-inning stint his last time out in a start shortened
by rain. Nothing got in his way against the Phillies.
"In my last two starts, I really don't know what happened,"
Bonderman said. "Tonight was a lot better."
Bonderman didn't allow a hit for the first 3 1-3 innings until
he gave up a solo homer to Bobby Abreu, his 15th of the year. He
allowed only one walk after that and 56 of his 86 pitches were
The 21-year-old righty might have gone longer if this
interleague game was played at Detroit. Instead, Bonderman was
pinch hit for with one out in the eighth inning.
Reliever Danny Patterson hit two batters and threw a wild pitch
as the Phillies scored a run in the eighth without getting a hit.
Trammell said he pulled Bonderman because he wanted to build his
strength after several short outings and give his relievers some
work. But Trammell said Bonderman looked as relaxed as he has all
"I wanted to leave him with a very good performance and a good
taste in his mouth," Trammell said.
Some clutch triples from Guillen certainly helped.
Guillen also had a leadoff triple in the second off former Tiger
Brian Powell (0-1). He scored on his triple in the seventh when
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins caught the relay from Marlon Bryd
and headed toward second base.
An alert Guillen then scampered toward home and beat Rollins'
hurried throw for a 9-1 lead. It was ruled a three-RBI triple and
Guillen scored on a fielder's choice.
"He just kind of burned him," Trammell said of Guillen's
Guillen went 2-for-5 and 10 of his last 19 hits have been for
extra bases (four doubles, four homers, two triples). Trammell said
Guillen deserved All-Star consideration, saying "there's none
better that Carlos Guillen in all phases of the game."
Powell was effective in his first major league start since last
July 10 against Colorado. Powell gave up four runs and had a
career-high eight strikeouts. He allowed seven hits, but five came
in the first two innings.
Philadelphia missed a chance to move into a tie for first in the
National League with Florida's loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Phillies manager Larry Bowa got testy with reporters twice, once
when asked to dissect Rollins' mental miscue -- he said it didn't
matter in a blowout game -- and to another about his disappointment
in their weak offensive output.
"Why would I be disappointed?" Bowa said. "There's no merit
to that question. These guys have played hard all year."
Powell, who was drafted by the Tigers in 1995 and pitched parts
of two seasons with them, retired 12 straight batters in one
stretch before giving up a solo homer to Rondell White in the
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead on an Ivan Rodriguez sacrifice fly in
the first. Rodriguez also added a solo shot in the ninth.
Tigers CF Alex Sanchez singled, then stole second and third
in the second inning. ... Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to
13 games with a single in the seventh. ... It was the first of a
nine-game road trip for Detroit. ... Tigers RF Bobby Higginson
played his first professional game in his hometown. Higginson
rented a luxury box for the three-game series and tossed several
balls into the crowd. ... A night after the Phillies played a game
stopped three times by rain, with delays totaling 3 hours, 54
minutes, the start to Tuesday's game was delayed 1:45. ... Thome's
homer was his 39th in interleague play, the most by any player.