DETROIT (Ticker) --
homered as the
withstood a lengthy rain delay en route to a 4-2 victory over the
After a delay of nearly 2 1/2 hours, Detroit won for the just the fourth time in 12 games. The game was delayed in the second inning with the Tigers holding a 1-0 lead.
When the game resumed, Munson hit a two-run homer to right field off rookie
with two outs in the fourth to stake Detroit to a 3-0 advantage.
"This was a big win," Detroit manager
said. "I was proud of the way we responded after the long rain delay."
hit a solo shot to cut the deficit to 3-1 in the top of the sixth, Guillen connected off Smith in the bottom half. It was his ninth of the season and third in five games.
"Just one of those nights," said Smith, who has allowed five home runs in his three appearances. "I threw the ball and they hit it."
Guillen collected three hits and scored on Munson's seventh homer of the season. He just missed a four-hit night when he bounced into a double play in the eighth.
"Guillen been doing a heck of a job," Trammell said, "He's just a (good) baseball player."
Guillen recorded three hits for the fifth time this season and increased his batting average to .326. In his final season with the
, Guillen posted a .276 batting average in 109 games.
"This is my best start in the last four or five seasons." said Guillen, who tied a career high for home runs.
After the delay ended starter Detroit starter
(1-0) pitched three scoreless innings for his first career victory.
gave up Jones' home run in the sixth and
's homer in the seventh.
Dingman tied a career high by pitching three innings and worked around three hits and two walks. The righthander gave up all three hits in the third and escaped a bases-loaded jam by retiring J.D. Drew on a double play.
"Dingman was our first choice," Trammell said. "He hadn't pitched in a while and we felt that we could get three innings from him."
pitched a scoreless eighth before
worked around a hit to
in the ninth and notched his eighth save in nine opportunities.
(5-3) also did not return following the delay but was charged with the loss after allowing
's RBI base hit in the first.
"Both teams lost their starters," Atlanta manager
said. "Their pitchers dealt with it a little bit better than ours."
The Braves (29-29) failed to tie a season high with their third straight victory. They also fell back to the .500 mark for the seventh time in the last two weeks.