Tigers take finale, beat A's 3-1

After a pair of one-run losses to the A's, the Tigers were able to win a close one on Thursday afternoon in the series finale. Mike Maroth took on former teammate Mark Redman, and while both pitchers had solid outings (similar to Wednesday night's starters), this time around it was the Tigers man who took the victory.

On Wednesday night, Jeremy Bonderman and Rich Harden battled, both giving 7 strong innings, but with Harden coming out on top. Thursday afternoon saw a similar circumstance, but with a different result.

Both Mark Redman and Mike Maroth gave their clubs 8 innings of work. Redman struck out 5, but allowed 3 runs over his 8 innings. Maroth on the other hand had one less strikeout, but more importantly, only allowed 1 run. Ugueth Urbina then came on in the 9th inning to record his 5th save of the year.

Offensively, C Ivan Rodriguez made the biggest impact, with his first inning 2-run Home Run, providing all the run support that Maroth would need. OF Rondell White went 3-for-3 with the other RBI, and Carlos Guillen also had 3 hits along with 2 runs scored.

The win brings the Tigers back to within 2 games of .500 at 16-18. They start a 3-game set with the Texas Rangers on Friday night at Comerica Park. First pitch on Friday night is set for 7:05pm. Righty Gary Knotts will get his first start of the season (but will need to pitch well to get another one), going up against Joaquin Benoit.

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