After allowing four or more earned runs in a start just twice this season as a group, Atlanta's starting pitchers allowed five earned runs or more in each of the three games en route to a sweep at the hands of the Detroit Tigers.
On Sunday, it was left-hander Mike Minor who was roughed up for six runs and six hits in his 6.2 innings of work. Minor walked two and struck out six against a tough Detroit lineup, and he also had to battle miserable rain and weather at Comerica Park.
Things were scoreless until Detroit broke through in the bottom of the third inning. Minor walked Brayan Pena with one out, and old friend Omar Infante followed with a single to left to put runners on first and second for Austin Jackson. Minor hung a changeup, and Jackson crushed it into the seats for his second home run of the season to make it a 3-0 game.
Atlanta's offense responded quickly against Tigers starter Doug Fister, who had really good movement on all of his stuff tonight. A Justin Upton single and Freddie Freeman hit by pitch put runners on first and second with no outs, and Chris Johnson's ball found a spot down the first base line to work its way into right field, scoring Upton and moving Freeman to third. Evan Gattis brought Freeman home with a grounder past Infante into right field to make it a 3-2 game.
Dan Uggla grounded into what should have been a double play, but Infante's throw to first base pulled Fielder off the bag, allowing Uggla to dodge the tag and for Johnson to score. This tied things up at three.
In the bottom of the sixth, Miguel Cabrera led off with a ground-rule double, and after advancing to third on a grounder, he scored on professional hitter Victor Martinez's sacrifice fly to make it 4-3 Detroit. The seventh inning, however, was when things fell apart.
Infante crushed his second home run of the season with two outs to make it five three. With two runners on, Cory Gearrin gave up a home run of his own, a three-run shot to Cabrera that ended the scoring at 8-3.
After a rough ending to a 3-7 road trip, Atlanta thankfully heads back home for the week. Things don't get much easier though, as the Nationals are in town for four games starting Monday night.