Johnson, Tigers win pitchers-duel 2-0

On Tuesday night, the bullpen couldn't hold the lead that Nate Robertson handed over. Wednesday night, Jason Johnson made sure there would be no question, taking the game himself as long as he possibly could. Zack Greinke pitched well in opposition, but he just couldn't match the performance of Johnson.

The Tigers may have found their new 'rollercoaster', the nickname of the former Closer, Todd Jones. After a poor outing, Jason Johnson came back strong, shutting out the Royals in 7 2/3 innings. Over that period, Johnson allowed 9 hits and only struck out 3, but he never allowed a run to cross the plate. Danny Patterson came on in relief to get the final out of the 8th inning, and Ugueth Urbina wrapped up the 9th for his 7th save.

Zack Greinke took the loss for Kansas City, although his performance definitely didn't warrant the outcome. Greinke went 7 innings, giving up 2 runs and striking out 4. Unfortunately for him, Johnson had one of his 'on' nights, and he couldn't keep up.

On offense, Brandon Inge (who started at Catcher, giving Ivan Rodriguez the night off) provided all the run production there was. Inge launched his 5th Home Run of the year in the 2nd inning, that scored Eric Munson as well, which was all the runs the Tigers would need for Johnson to get the win.

Back to 4 games under .500, the Tigers wrap up the series Thursday afternoon at 1:05pm. Jeremy Bonderman will look to bounce back after a poor start in his last appearance. He'll take on Dennys Reyes.

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