DETROIT – Slumping Ryan Raburn hit his first homer of the season and drove in four runs, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Washington Nationals 7-4 Tuesday night.
Raburn drew a bases-loaded walk in the second inning, then hit a leadoff single that started a two-run fourth to make it 4-all. He hit a three-run homer in the fifth.
Raburn came into the game hitting .165. He started because center fielder Austin Jackson is day to day with back spasms.
Max Scherzer (3-6) struck out nine in six innings. Jose Valverde picked up his 14th save with a scoreless ninth.
John Lannan (2-4) took the loss, giving up six earned runs in 4 1-3 innings.