In his first meeting against the Angels, Mike Maroth had an excellent outing, lasting 7 innings and allowing only 2 runs. What makes this performance even more impressive is that in winning the game, he defeated Angels ace Bartolo Colon, who couldn't keep the Tiger bats quiet. On Monday night, Colon still struggled, but Maroth didn't have the same dominance, going 5 2/3 innings while allowing 5 earned runs. Unfortunately, the bullpen couldn't stop the bleeding, as Al Levine (who took the loss to fall to 2-2) and Danny Patterson closed the game out, allowing 6 runs over the last 2 2/3 innings.
The Angels staff didn't do much better, however, it was good enough to get the win. Colon went 6 innings, allowing 6 runs (4 earned), earning a no-decision. Kevin Gragg earned the win for a scoreless seventh, and Troy Percival got the final 2 outs of the ninth for his 8th save.
Offensively, Ivan Rodriguez led things off for Detroit, hitting his 3rd home run of the season. Carlos Guillen also had another solid game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored. For the Angels, Vladimir Guerrero and Troy Glaus hit the Tigers hard again, each driving in a pair of runs. C Bengie Molina went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI.
The loss puts the Tigers at even .500 for the first time this season, 13-13 overall. The Angels elevated their record to 16-10. Up next, lefty Nate Robertson will try to improve on his last showing against the Angels, facing Jarrod Washburn. First pitch is set for 10:05pm.