PHOENIX – Shawn Green hit two of Arizona’s four homers, and Alex Cintron drove in three runs to help the Diamondbacks beat the Detroit Tigers 13-7 Sunday.

Jose Cruz Jr. and Tony Clark also connected for the Diamondbacks, who finished 8-10 against the AL Central but 4-2 against Detroit. Green, Cintron and Chad Tracy each had three of Arizona’s 14 hits.

Claudio Vargas (2-4) allowed only one hit through the first six innings, retiring 12 straight batters during one stretch, before tiring in the seventh. Vargas gave up three runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings with a career-best eight strikeouts.

Detroit starter Jeremy Bonderman (9-5), who had not gone less than six innings in any of his 15 starts, allowed eight runs and seven hits in two innings.

Craig Counsell led off the game with a single, went to second on a passed ball and scored on Cintron’s single. Two batters later, Green homered into the spa above the pool beyond the right-field fence for a 3-0 lead.

Cintron drove in two more runs in the second with a two-out double and scored on a single by Tracy. Cruz’s two-run homer in the third, his 11th, and Counsell’s RBI double made it 9-0. Green’s second home run, his 11th, extended the lead to 11-0 in the fourth.

Clark hit his 12th home run, a two-run drive in the sixth, onto the concourse above the center-field fence to cap the scoring for Arizona.

Detroit scored five times in the seventh, highlighted by Omar Infante’s three-run homer.

Notes: Green has two multihomer games this season and 29 in his career. … Vargas’ previous career high for strikeouts was seven, set May 4, 2004, with Montreal against Colorado. … Detroit SS Carlos Guillen was activated from the 15-day disabled list and was in the starting lineup. To make room for Guillen, the Tigers sent SS Tony Giarratano to Double-A Erie. Giarratano had two hits in his Detroit debut but only two more in his final 14 games. … Tracy started in left field in place of Luis Gonzalez, who is on bereavement leave following the death of his stepfather. It was Tracy’s first career start in the outfield. … Tigers OF Magglio Ordonez, who has played only three games because of a hernia, will begin a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Toledo.

AP-ES-06-26-05 1952EDT


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