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“That is a tough lineup there,” Nuno said. “If you leave balls up they can do some damage.”

Verlander (9-8) allowed three runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings to win for the third time in his last four starts. He struck out five to pass Hal Newhouser into third place on the Tigers’ all-time list (1,772).

Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless ninth for his 20th save in 25 opportunities.

There seemed to be as many Tigers fans as there were for the Diamondbacks, maybe more.

“It felt like I was pitching in Detroit,” Nathan joked, “except there weren’t as many boos.”

Gerardo Parra homered for Arizona.

Nuno, in his third start since coming to Arizona in the trade that sent Brandon McCarthy to the New York Yankees, went 4 2-3 innings, allowing three runs and seven hits.

“The consistency wasn’t there,” Nuno said. “That is why I exited the ballgame so early. “

NOTES: The Tigers’ career strikeout leaders are Mickey Lolich (2,679) and Jack Morris (1,980). … In Tuesday night’s second game of the series, the Tigers will send Ric Porcello (12-5, 3.39 ERA) to the mound against Arizona’s Chase Anderson (6-4, 4.64). … Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt doubled to boost his major league-leading total to 38. Cabrera leads the AL with 36. … Arizona had won a season-high four consecutive home games.