Hunter's monster day backs Verlander's strong effort
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Jul 31, 2013
The first three Nationals batters reached base in the first inning two walks and a single as Verlander struggled early with his command. Hunter brought in another run with a RBI double in the seventh inning to stretch Detroit's lead, but fell a triple short of the cycle after Avila was held up at third base and Hunter was thrown out when he strayed too far off second. Alex Avila and Torii Hunter hit homers in a five-run second inning and the Detroit Tigers scored five more runs in the fourth inning of an 11-1 rout of the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. The Tigers began the second inning with Victor Martinez's single and Jhonny Peralta's double, and they both scored on a two-run double by Ramon Santiago.