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.