Series: Game 2 of 3

Detroit leads 2-0 (as of 6/26)

Game 1: Friday, June 25
Game 2: Saturday, June 26
Game 3: Sunday, June 27

Diamondbacks 6

(27-47, 14-25 away)

Tigers 7

(34-39, 18-18 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 26, 2004

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    ARI 001041000 6 10 2
    DET 101030101 7 8 2

    W: U. Urbina (3-2)

    L: B. Villafuerte (0-1)

    Guillen has 4 RBI in victory

    DETROIT (AP) -- Eric Munson started his day without a spot in the Tigers starting lineup. He finished it off with a game-winning home run.

    Munson homered leading off the ninth inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 7-6 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.

    Carlos Guillen also homered and drove in four runs for Detroit, and Omar Infante added a solo shot as the Tigers handed Arizona its eighth straight loss.

    Munson was informed during batting practice that Brandon Inge, who was slated to play third, had a broken finger and that he would take his place.

    In the 12th, he drove a pitch from Brandon Villafuerte (0-1) an estimated 457 feet over the center field fence for his ninth home run of the season. It was the longest home run in Comerica Park history.

    "Just really was trying to make good contact," Munson said. "The first pitch, I swung too hard. Just told myself to make contact, just try to get a single."

    And after the first walkoff homer of his career, Munson got another surprise, when Muhammad Ali visited the Tigers' clubhouse.

    The three-time heavyweight champion was in town with his son's 13-and-Under baseball team, which is playing in a tournament in the Detroit area.

    Ali did magic tricks for the players, joked with them and posed for pictures with them.

    "That's an honor," Munson said. "If you're not humbled by him, if you don't see something special about him coming into your clubhouse ..."

    Ugueth Urbina (3-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

    "I hate to use an overworked pun but we are snakebit," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "Brandon was throwing the living daylights out of the ball. He makes one mistake and it gets hit out of the ballpark."

    Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman allowed six runs and nine hits in seven innings. He walked five and struck out seven.

    Arizona's Casey Fossum allowed five runs -- four earned -- in 4 2-3 innings.

    Detroit went ahead in the first on Guillen's solo home run to left.

    Arizona tied it in the third on Danny Bautista's bloop RBI double down the right-field line that scored Scott Hairston from third. With two outs, Hairston sent a fly to deep left that Tigers left fielder Rondell White misjudged. The ball landed on the warning track and bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double. Hairston then moved to third on Steve Finley's infield single and scored on Bautista's hit.

    Luis Gonzalez was intentionally walked after Bautista's double to load the bases, but Bonderman struck out Shea Hillenbrand to end the inning.

    Detroit regained the lead in the third on Guillen's RBI grounder. It scored Alex Sanchez, who had bunted for a single and continued to third on third baseman Chad Tracy's throwing error.

    Arizona got four runs in the fifth to take a 5-2 lead on Tracy's two-run, bases-loaded single and Roberto Alomar's two-run double to right-center.

    The Tigers tied it 5-all in the bottom half on Guillen's two-run double and Dmitri Young's RBI double, which chased Fossum.

    "Getting three runs to tie it at 5-5 was huge," Detroit manager Alan Trammell said.

    The Diamondbacks regained the lead in the sixth on Finley's run-scoring double, but Detroit tied it again on Infante's solo home run leading off the seventh.< ^Note:@ Inge was place on the 15-day disabled list after the game and C Mike Difelice will be recalled from Triple-A Toledo to take Inge's spot on the roster. Inge was injured trying to bunt in Friday night's game. ... Detroit CF Sanchez left the game in the bottom of the fifth with a mild right hamstring strain sustained while beating out a bunt. He is day to day. ... Arizona had only scored 13 runs in its previous seven games. ... Rodriguez is on a 45-for-96 streak. ... Each team made two errors. ... Gonzalez was walked intentionally to load the bases in the third and fifth innings. ... Hairston was 3-for-5. ... Alomar's double was the 500th of his career.

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