After a few weeks of struggling, the Tigers were finally able to put together a solid series (their first series win since taking 2 of 3 from the Mariners in May).
Mike Maroth started off the game allowing 3 runs to the Braves, but settled down from then on, allowing only 1 more run over the next 6 innings. For the game, Maroth went 7 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits. Opposite Maroth, Russ Ortiz also had a good start, going 6 innings, allowing 3 runs. But, Antonio Alfonseca came on to relieve him and struggled, giving up 4 runs in only 2/3 of an inning. Alfonseca took the loss to fall to 5-2 on the year. Ugueth Urbina was given the game in the 9th after a scoreless 8th pitched by Esteban Yan, and sat down the side to get his 9th save.
The Tigers got offense from most of the lineup, with 5 different players driving in a run, including Carlos Pena, whose 2-run double brought the Tigers to within 1 run of the Braves. For Atlanta, Chipper Jones had 3 RBI in the losing effort.
The Tigers, at 27-32, now host the defending World Champion Marlins for a 3-game series at Comerica Park. Gary Knotts takes the mound against Tommy Phelps at 7:05pm. Friday night's game (as well as the next 4 afterwards) will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit.