Washington Nationals pitcher Zack Greinke and left fielder Tanner Roark have made a habit of taking a team’s first two or three starts at Coors Field as a sign of their quality.
That has been the case on Thursday, when the Nationals faced a surging Detroit Tigers lineup, but they came up short.
Greinkes three-run homer gave the Nationals a 4-1 lead in the first inning and, on a 3-2 pitch from Detroit closer Ryan Dempster, the Tigers scored four times in the second inning, including a two-run double by Justin Upton.
That gave the Tigers a 7-1 advantage heading into the bottom of the fourth, but Detroit struck again in the bottom half, tying the game with a two out, two-out walk-off single from Justin Upton to give the Tigers their second straight win at Coor.
The Nationals won the game for the fifth time in seven games.
The Tigers scored three runs in the top of the third to extend their lead to 10-3.
After Greinks first two-homer game, the Nationals lost for the eighth time in the last nine.
The previous five times the Nationals fell to Detroit, they had lost by at least three runs.
The last time the Nationals scored three or more runs in consecutive games was June 24-25, 2008, when they won their 11th straight.
The other time the Nats lost three straight was May 16-18, 2016, when Bryce Harper was ejected from the game after his second home run of the season.
Detroit is now 6-1 on the season against the Nationals, including 4-0 since Greinkas first two home runs.
With a win in Detroit, the Nets could clinch the AL East and win the NL West for the first time since 2007.
The teams have met three times since the start of 2017.
In those games, Detroit won six of those games by a combined 10 runs.