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Updated: Thursday, June 10, 2004 5:33 PM EDT
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DETROIT (Ticker) -- The Detroit Tigers made a dreary day even worse for Antonio Alfonseca .

Carlos Guillen , Dmitri Young and Craig Monroe had RBI singles off Alfonseca in a four-run seventh inning as the Tigers won the rubber game of a three-game interleague set with the Atlanta Braves , 7-4.

Wednesday's game between the teams was delayed nearly 2 1/2 hours by rain and Thursday's contest also was played in inclement conditions, which did not make things easier for Alfonseca (5-2), who replaced starer Russ Ortiz in the seventh with a one-run lead.

"Antonio's been throwing the ball real well so there was no reason to think that we weren't going to come away with the win," Ortiz said.

But that was not the case.

Omar Infante doubled and Bobby Higginson walked in the seventh before Guillen delivered a single to center field to tie the game at 4-4. Young singled to right to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

"He's starting to come around," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said of Young. "He'll have some pretty good numbers before it's over."

Monroe followed with a base hit to center and Young scored the final run of the inning on a wild pitch by Alfonseca.

Mike Maroth (5-3) allowed four runs - three earned - and eight hits in seven innings. Esteban Yan worked the eighth and Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his ninth save.

"After I gave up three runs in the first, I tried to keep putting up zeroes to allow my team to put runs on the board," Maroth said.

Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer for the Braves in the first, a 448-foot blast to left-center field. Jones hit a homer estimated at 453 feet in Wednesday's loss.

"I just got a couple of good pitches to hit," Jones said. "Just put good wood on it. The ball's carrying pretty good here right now. They're not helping us win so that takes some of the luster out of it for me."

Ortiz allowed three runs and three hits in six innings. He struggled with his control in the second, walking three straight batters before Brandon Inge delivered a sacrifice fly.

Rafael Furcal increased the lead to 4-1 with an RBI double in the fourth.

Carlos Pena had a two-run double in the sixth for Detroit to cut the deficit to 4-3.

Trammell was ejected in the sixth by umpire Paul Emmel for arguing balls and strikes.

"Something was said in the dugout that I didn't say," Trammell said. "I got very emotional."


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