CHICAGO (AP) — Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera are two of the majors' most feared sluggers. When Jhonny Peralta, Brennan Boesch and Delmon Young start coming up with big hits, the Detroit Tigers are one tough team to stop.
Just ask the Chicago Cubs.
Peralta had three hits and two RBIs one night after he made two costly throwing errors, and the Tigers rallied to beat the Cubs 8-4 on Wednesday.
"We bounced back," manager Jim Leyland said. "We had some big hits, timely hits, bullpen did a great job, and a good win for us."
Boesch had four hits, including a solo homer, and made a diving catch in right field as the Tigers improved to 8-1 in their last nine games against the Cubs. The one loss during that stretch occurred in the series opener Tuesday night, when Peralta made two errant throws from shortstop in the eighth inning that led to the decisive run for Chicago in a 4-3 victory.
But Peralta responded in a big way in the middle game of the series, and the Tigers will send Justin Verlander to the mound Thursday afternoon with a chance at a heartening 4-2 interleague road trip for a club that has underachieved so far this year.
"Tomorrow's a big game for us," Leyland said, "because you go to Cincinnati and Chicago and you've got a chance to win both series. That's pretty good. You've got to try to win each series. If you can do that, then you put yourself back in decent shape."
With one out and runners on the corners in the sixth, Peralta hit a drive to center for a two-run double that tied it at 4. He advanced on Gerald Laird's bunt single against Matt Garza and scored on Ramon Santiago's comebacker to put Detroit in front.
Boesch added his seventh homer in the seventh and an RBI single in the eighth, delighting the sizeable portion of Tigers fans among the season-high crowd of 41,326 at Wrigley Field.
"I think that's a tribute to Detroit fans," Boesch said. "The road fans are my favorite fans and most of the players' favorite fans because they come and they bring the noise, bring the passion. They're die-hard Tigers fans."
Alfonso Soriano, Darwin Barney and Steve Clevenger had two hits apiece for the Cubs, who had won four straight home games. Joe Mather, inserted into the lineup when third baseman Ian Stewart was scratched with a sore left wrist, contributed an RBI single but also made an error that fueled Detroit's four-run rally in the sixth.
Garza (2-5) allowed five runs, three earned, and seven hits in six innings. The right-hander is 0-4 with a 5.26 ERA in his last seven starts.
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