After going 12-14 in April and starting off 0-2 in May, the Detroit Tigers are beginning to put it all together, winning for the seventh time in their last eight games with a 10-2 whipping of Minnesota on Tuesday.
In the opener of their three-game series at Minnesota, Martinez extended his hitting streak to ten games (three straight before entering the DL) with a 3-for-4 effort, including a pair of doubles, four RBI and two runs scored.
The win boosted the Tigers back over .500 at 19-18 and into a tie for second place in the AL Central with the Royals, 5 1/2 games behind Cleveland. Martinez is hitting at a .462 (12-26) clip since returning from the DL.
Tim Lincecum pitched about as well as he could, going eight innings against the Diamondbacks without allowing a run on four hits and two walks while striking out nine batters.
Wilson got the win, which happened to be his third in his last four appearances, improving his record to 3-1. After a somewhat shaky start, Wilson, in addition to the three recent wins, has reeled off six consecutive saves (a 33.75 ERA after his first two appearances) and has converted his last 11 save opportunities.
Lincecum received no decision, and remained at 3-3, but is sporting some nice figures, including a 2.11 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP and 66 Ks, good for a tie with Roy Halladay, topping all NL hurlers.
Personal records aside, the Giants won their fourth straight and have nearly run down the Rockies in the NL West. Colorado's lead is now a mere 1/2 game.