O's sweep away Urbina, Tigers in 9th

On Saturday night, Tiger starter Jeremy Bonderman got hit hard, allowing 7 runs before being yanked. This time around, the Tigers didn't get hit hard until the very end, when Tiger closer Ugueth Urbina gave back the 1-run lead, as well as allowing another 5 runs to put the game virtually out of reach.

The weekend series has not been a bad one, except in each game one pitcher had a rather poor performance, and each night their performance cost the Tigers any chance at a win. On Friday night, it was a poor start by Jason Johnson. On Saturday night, it was an ever worse start, this time by Jeremy Bonderman. And when it might have been thought the Tigers had broken out of the slump with an excellent start from Mike Maroth, closer Ugueth Urbina gave the game away in the 9th. Maroth pitched 7 innings, allowing 1 unearned run while striking out a pair. Esteban Yan pitched the 8th, escaping with no runs allowed despite a pair of hits, turning it over to Urbina who had been excellent at the end of games for the Tigers. Unfortunately, that trend came to a sudden stop, as the Orioles had Urbina's number - tagging him for 6 runs in just 1/3 inning. The lead was gone and so were the Tigers chances of getting back in the win column. The loss was their 6th in the their last 7 games.

Ivan Rodriguez committed his 2nd error of the year - which allowed the lone run off Maroth to score, but made up for it with a pair of hits and a pair of RBI. Craig Monroe also continued his slow rise back to respectability with another pair of hits.

The loss drops the Tigers to 5 games below .500, the worst that they have been all season. The Tigers now host Kansas City for a 4-game set, where they'll attempt to get their winning ways back. The addition of Dmitri Young should help, as he is scheduled to return to the team after an extended stretch on the DL.


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