Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 7/26/13
Alex Avila's two-run double in the fifth inning put Detroit ahead, and Doug Fister pitched eight impressive innings for the Tigers in a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia on Friday night that sent the Phillies to their season-worst sixth straight loss. Cole Hamels (4-13) was trying to protect a 1-0 lead for the Phillies when he allowed the bottom of Detroit's batting order to break through. After a one-out walk to Hernan Perez, Ramon Santiago and Avila hit back-to-back doubles. Santiago was playing third base in place of slugger Miguel Cabrera, who hasn't played since Monday because of an injured left hip. Fister (9-5) allowed three hits and an unearned run. Joaquin Benoit pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 10 chances. Darin Ruf grounded out with a man on third to end it. The Tigers were without Cabrera, outfielder Torii Hunter (left Achilles) and second baseman Omar Infante (sprained left ankle). The Phillies were short-handed, too, with first baseman Ryan Howard and outfielders Domonic Brown and Ben Revere on the disabled list. In the middle of their latest loss, the Phillies announced left-hander Cliff Lee would miss Saturday night's start because of a stiff neck. Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead with a third-inning run off Fister. John Mayberry Jr. reached on an error by Perez, the second baseman. One out later, Carlos Ruiz hit a single, and Michael Young followed with an RBI single to snap an 0-for-12 skid. But Fister struck out the next two hitters to get out of that jam. After Ruf's single in the fourth, no more Phillies reached base until the eighth. Young drew a two-out walk in the eighth, but Fister retired Kevin Frandsen on a groundout and walked off to an ovation from the Comerica Park crowd. Fister walked one and struck out six. Benoit allowed a leadoff single by Jimmy Rollins. With one out, Rollins stole second, and with two outs, he stole third. But the Phillies couldn't get him home. Santiago had a nice all-around game. Young led off with a grounder toward the hole between Santiago and shortstop Jhonny Peralta, and Santiago made a diving stop to retire the Philadelphia third baseman. In the fifth, Santiago's double down the left-field line brought Avila to the plate in a second-and-third situation. Avila, who was hitting .185 entering the game, hit a drive to the gap in left-center to score both runners. Hamels allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out six. NOTES: Philadelphia's Delmon Young was hitless in his return to Detroit, where he was the MVP of last year's AL championship series for the Tigers. ... Detroit's Max Scherzer (14-1) faces Philadelphia's Raul Valdes (1-0) on Saturday night.
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