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Tigers lead early, but 'pen has rough day

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LAKELAND, Fla. -- Brock Stassi keeps making his case to make the Phillies' Opening Day roster.

Stassi, who might be the frontrunner to win the team's final bench job, smacked a grand slam to right field off left-hander Blaine Hardy in the sixth inning of an 11-6 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday at Joker Marchant Stadium. He went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and one walk, and is hitting .563 with a 1.820 OPS this spring. Phillies catcher Bryan Holaday hit a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 11-2.

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LAKELAND, Fla. -- Brock Stassi keeps making his case to make the Phillies' Opening Day roster.

Stassi, who might be the frontrunner to win the team's final bench job, smacked a grand slam to right field off left-hander Blaine Hardy in the sixth inning of an 11-6 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday at Joker Marchant Stadium. He went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and one walk, and is hitting .563 with a 1.820 OPS this spring. Phillies catcher Bryan Holaday hit a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 11-2.

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Video: Stassi on playing winter ball in Venezuela

"Guys always say, 'Save it for the season,'" Stassi said. "But for me there are no guarantees. It's life or death out there for me right now. I'm just trying to stay positive and have quality at-bats day in and day out."

Detroit ace Justin Verlander, in his third spring start, gave up one run on four hits over three innings. His counterpart, young Philadelphia righty Aaron Nola, went two innings in his second start and gave up a pair of runs.

Video: PHI@DET: Verlander fans two over three innings

For the Tigers, scoring the game's first run produced a scary moment. After shortstop Jose Iglesias hustled for a double in the bottom of the first, he sped home on Nicholas Castellanos' single with a headfirst dive. But Iglesias collided face-first with Phillies catcher Ryan Hanigan's leg and lay in the dirt surrounding home plate for a moment, holding his face, before walking to the dugout under his own power. Iglesias is day to day with a bruised neck.

Iglesias hurt on headfirst slide into plate

Video: PHI@DET: Iglesias hurt as Castellanos drives him in

With one out in the fourth, the Phillies rallied to tie the game and take the lead. Jesmuel Valentin singled off Justin Wilson, whom Tigers manager Brad Ausmus removed after consecutive walks to Pedro Florimon and Tyler Goeddel loaded the bases. Hanigan hit a sacrifice fly off Chad Bell to score Valentin, tying the score at 2 before Howie Kendrick's two-out single up the middle plated Florimon to put Philadelphia up for good.

The Phils added a pair of runs in the fifth, this time when Bell loaded the bases with one out, allowing singles to Michael Saunders and Stassi before walking Taylor Featherston. Ausmus turned to his third straight lefty, Hardy, who would fare no better than the prior two. Featherston beat Romine's throw to second on a hard grounder in the hole, leaving all four Phillies safe on Valentin's fielder's choice, which scored pinch-runner Nick Williams. Castellanos was able to force out Valentin at second on a dribbler off Florimon's bat for the second out, while Stassi scored to make it 5-2.

"We just didn't throw strikes," Ausmus said when asked what wrong for his pitching staff Tuesday.

Trailing by nine, Detroit made a dent with a four-run ninth, on RBIs by Romine, Dixon Machado and Mike Gerber before Philadelphia closed it out.

Phillies Up Next: The Phillies head east to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to play the Braves at 1:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Champion Stadium. Tune in on an exclusive audio webcast on phillies.com as right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 5.40 ERA) makes his third start. The Phils' outfield will include Stassi, Roman Quinn and Dylan Cozens. Stassi is competing for a bench job, while Quinn and Cozens are two of the club's top prospects.

Tigers Up Next: After an off-day Wednesday, the Tigers will travel to Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Thursday to face the Mets at 1:10 p.m. on MLB.TV. Right-hander Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 23.63 ERA) is expected to start for Detroit.

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Zak Kerr is a contributor to MLB.com.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.