Tiger bats come alive in 7-4 win over Braves

This time around, neither the rain or an NBA Finals game could get in the way of the Tigers, as Thursday afternoon the Tigers wrapped up their series with the Atlanta Braves. The Braves jumped out to an early lead, but Mike Maroth settled down and the Tiger offense came alive to help lead the team a 7-4 win.

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.

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