DETROIT (AP) — Jeremy Bonderman threw seven sharp innings, Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila hit two-run doubles and the Detroit Tigers beat the Washington Nationals 8-3 on Thursday.
Bonderman (3-4) gave up two runs and five hits, helping the Tigers extend their winning streak to six. He retired his first 11 batters, struck out seven and walked none.
Washington has lost five of six heading into rookie Stephen Strasburg's next start Friday at home. Luis Atilano (5-4) gave up five runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings against Detroit.
Adam Dunn homered for the Nationals, and Cristian Guzman went 2 for 4 with an RBI single.
Detroit, which finished with a season-high 19 hits, scored three times in the fifth inning to take a 5-0 lead. Cabrera drove in two with a double to center and Carlos Guillen singled in a run.
Ramon Santiago, who tied a career high with four hits, and Cabrera each had an RBI single in the sixth.
Bonderman struck out four straight before giving up his first hit in the fourth inning. He won for the first time in nearly a month, ending a personal two-game skid.
NOTES: Strasburg's next start is against the Chicago White Sox, pitching for the second time at home. ... Detroit will close its homestand this weekend against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are expected to start ex-Tigers Edwin Jackson and Dontrelle Willis during the series. ... Washington is 5-17 on the road since May 13. ... Detroit is 23-10 at home and six games under .500 on the road. ... Dunn has homers in six of the last nine games and 16 for the season. ... Atilano has lost three straight starts.