DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers have moved past their slump, and will look to get on an extended run with Doug Fister on the mound against the road-weary Atlanta Braves.
The unbeaten right-hander will try to lead the Tigers to a three-game sweep when they take on the Braves in the finale of Atlanta’s 10-game trip.
Following a season-worst four-game skid, Detroit (12-10) has won three of four after Omar Infante and Jhonny Peralta hit two-run homers in a 7-4 victory Saturday.
Infante’s home run came off former Braves teammate Kris Medlen.
“I stayed back and waited for a slider or changeup,” said Infante, who had three hits and is 10 for 21 over his last five games. “He threw a fastball and I made a good reaction.”
Now the Tigers will send Fister (3-0, 2.00 ERA) to the mound as he looks to keep the Braves’ bats quiet and pitch the Tigers to their first three-game sweep of the season.
Fister has posted a 1.23 ERA in his last three outings. He gave up no earned runs in seven innings of a 4-3, 13-inning loss to the Los Angeles Angels last Sunday.
Fister faces an Atlanta lineup that has totaled 12 runs in the six losses on this trip.
The Braves (15-8) have lost seven of 10 since their red-hot start to the season, and they’ll be trying to avoid their season-worst fourth straight defeat.
Justin Upton provided one of the bright spots Saturday with his league-leading 12th home run. Upton, though, has batted .250 on the trip after hitting .333 in the first 14 games.
B.J. Upton has continued to struggle, batting .125 in his last eight games to drop his average to .146. He’s gone hitless in five career at-bats against Fister.
Minor (3-1, 1.80) gave up more than one earned run for the first time in four starts this year Tuesday, allowing three in six innings of a 4-3 victory at Colorado on Tuesday.
Making his first appearance against the Tigers, the left-hander has dropped his last three outings against AL opponents with a 4.96 ERA.
He’ll try to cool off Miguel Cabrera, batting .413 with a homer and 12 RBIs during an 11-game hitting streak.
Prince Fielder, who has one hit and six strikeouts in 13 at-bats on the homestand, has three singles in as many career at-bats against Minor.
After scoring 16 times in their previous seven games, the Tigers have totaled 17 runs in the first two against the Braves.
Detroit has won eight of 10 versus Atlanta, including four straight at home.
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