Byrnes Breaks Slump, D-Backs TopTigers

Arizona capitalizes on Guillen throwing error in seventh inning
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2008 3:07 AM CDT
Byrnes Breaks Slump, D-Backs TopTigers
Arizona Diamondbacks' Justin Upton (10) is forced out on a double play during the eighth inning of a baseball game as Detroit Tigers' Placido Polanco throws to first Friday, May 16, 2008 in Phoenix.    (AP Photo/Matt York)

(Newser) – Eric Byrnes lined out to left field in his first at-bat Friday night and finally felt good about his swing. Byrnes broke out of a monthlong slump with a homer and two RBIs, Dan Haren pitched seven innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Detroit 4-3 to hand the slumping Tigers their fifth straight defeat.

Haren (5-2) scattered six hits and allowed three runs for the Diamondbacks, who came back from a 3-1 deficit with three runs in the seventh en route to their fourth straight victory. They scored the go-ahead run on a two-out throwing error by third baseman Carlos Guillen. Haren struck out four and did not walk a batter for the second time this season. (Read more baseball stories.)

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