Tigers Bounce Back, Win 6-5

The Tigers came back strong after their first loss of the season to beat the Twins in extra innings. The Tigers were led by a solid outing from starter Mike Maroth as well as an excellent day at the plate by First Baseman Carlos Pena. The win put the Tigers at 5-1 with the best record in the American League.

The Detroit Tigers showed a lot of character coming off of their first loss of the season. The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead early on, but the Twins would make a game of it. Minnesota scored three in the 7th and one in the 8th to tie the game at 5. Detroit was unable to muster any runs in their last two at bats, sending the game into extra innings. Young lefty Steve Colyer shut the Twins down in their half of the 10th. That would be all the Tigers would need. Twins pitcher Joe Roa walked Rondell White. Andres Torres was called on to pinch run. Torres was able to steal second base in a fairly close play. Craig Monroe was at the plate looking for a chance to redeem himself from a throwing mistake in the 8th inning that tied the game up. Monroe lined a Roa pitch into left field and Torres was off to the races. He scored with ease and the Tigers chalked up a "W" for the 5th time this season.

The Tigers got a strong performance from starter Mike Maroth who gave up three earned runs in 6.1 innings. Maroth ran into trouble in the 7th and gave way to first year Tiger, Al Levine. Jamie Walker, Esteban Yan, Danny Patterson, and Steve Colyer also saw action on the hill for Detroit. Colyer got the win, his first of the season.

Carlos Pena lead the offensive attack for the Tigs. He went 4 for 4 and drove in three runs, raising his season average to .417. Carlos Guillen chipped in two hits and batted a run in. Also hitting safely were Rondell White, Bobby Higginson, and Brandon Inge. However, no hits were bigger than Craig Monroe's one out single in the bottom of the tenth that scored Andres Torres. Pena, Monroe, and Eric Munson are beginning to show signs of forming the proverbial "Rat Pack" that Tigers fans have been longing for since the days of Trammell and Whitaker.

The win moved the Tigers to 5-1 and helped them maintain a one game lead in the AL Central. The Tigers will be in action again on Tuesday at 7:05pm at Comerica Park. The Toronto Blue Jays come to town looking for redemption after being swept by the Tigers on their home field. Pat Hentgen (0-1) will get the nod for the Jays. He will go head to head with young Tigers flamethrower Jeremy Bonderman (1-0).


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