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Tigers extend woes for Phillies

4:54 AM, Jul 27, 2013   |    comments
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Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Minus two of their more potent bats, the Detroit Tigers received production from the bottom of their lineup Friday night that proved just enough to extend the Phillies' woes.

Alex Avila, the No. 9 hitter, hit a two-run double in the fifth inning to back Doug Fister, as the Tigers handed Philadelphia's Cole Hamels his 13th loss of the season with a 2-1 victory in the opener of a three-game interleague set at Comerica Park.

Fister (9-5), who at one point retired 12 batters in a row, allowed an unearned run and three singles over eight innings for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who played without third baseman Miguel Cabrera (hip flexor) and outfielder Torii Hunter (sore Achilles).

Joaquin Benoit pitched around a leadoff hit by Jimmy Rollins in the ninth to earn his 10th save. Rollins did move into scoring position, swiping second with one out and third with two gone, but Darin Ruf grounded out to second to end the game.

Hamels (4-13) had just the one hiccup, but the Phillies' offense continued to snooze. Philadelphia has scored only 10 runs during a season-high six-game losing streak.

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