Cubs 4, Tigers 3: Two throwing errors by Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta allowed Chicago to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Cubs held on to win the opener of an interleague series at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs plated the go-ahead run without hitting the ball out of the infield against Phil Coke (1-3) in the eighth.
Darwin Barney drew a one-out walk, Reed Johnson beat out an infield single with two outs and Peralta's high throw to second on Tony Campana's chopper to short kept the inning alive. Starlin Castro followed with another chopper to short, and Peralta's throw pulled Prince Fielder off the bag at first.
Barney drove in the Cubs' first three runs, opening the scoring with an RBI groundout in the second and adding a two-run double into the left-field corner in the sixth.
Cubs starter Paul Maholm made the lead stand up until the seventh, when he allowed a double and a walk to start the inning before exiting. The bullpen couldn't hold on, as pinch hitter Ramon Santiago lined an RBI single to right against Casey Coleman to get Detroit on the board and Austin Jackson followed with a two-run single to left to tie it.
Maholm was charged with two runs on six hits over six-plus innings for his first quality start since May 9, but he remained winless in his last six starts. His seven strikeouts are a season high.
Carlos Marmol (1-2) recorded the final two outs in the eighth for the win, and Shawn Camp worked a perfect ninth for his first save of the season and the 11th of his career.
Tigers starter Max Scherzer struck out eight and walked five while allowing three runs in six innings.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The struggling Cubs fired hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo prior to the game. James Rowson, who served as the team's minor league hitting coordinator, will replace Jaramillo on an interim basis. ... Peralta had just two errors in 213 chances at short entering the game. … Cubs outfielder Tony Campana had two stolen bases to tie Miami's Emilio Bonifacio for the major league lead with 20. … Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano extended his hitting streak to eight games and has hit safely in 10 of 11 games this month. … Camp is the fourth Cubs pitcher to record a save this season, joining Marmol, Rafael Dolis and James Russell.